Red Heat

1988

Red Heat

Critics Consensus

Red Heat's overreliance on genre formula is bolstered by Walter Hill's rugged direction and a strong touch of humor.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a taciturn law-enforcement officer from Russia. James Belushi co-stars as a wise-lipped Chicago cop. Though they go together like caviar and White Castles, they are forced to team up to collar the Soviet Union's most notorious drug lord. Thus does director Walter Hill recycle his 48 Hours formula for another unlikely star team. Unfortunately, Red Heat isn't half as enjoyable as the earlier film, owing to a lack of rapport between the two leading men and an overall lack of inspiration infecting the whole project. The one notable aspect of Red Heat is that it was the first commercial American film to stage scenes in Moscow's Red Square. Watch for Laurence Fishburne (still billed as "Larry") in a secondary role.

Cast

Arnold Schwarzenegger
as Capt. Ivan Danko
Jim Belushi
as Det. Sgt. Art Ridzik
Ed O'Ross
as Viktor Rostavili
Peter Boyle
as Lou Donnelly
Gina Gershon
as Catherine Manzetti
Richard Bright
as Sgt. Gallagher
Brent Jennings
as Abdul Elijah
Mike Hagerty
as Pat Nunn
Peter Jason
as TV Announcer
Oleg Vidov
as Yuri Ogarkov
Savely Kramarov
as Gregor Moussorsky
Gene Scherer
as Consul Stepanovich
Tengiz Borisoff
as Josep Baroda
Roger Callard
as Pytor Tatomovich
Gábor Koncz
as Vagran Rostavili
Geza Balkay
as Col. Kulikov
Zsolt Kortvelyessy
as Lt. Redetsky
János Bán
as Officer
Masanori Toguchi
as Mongol Hippy
George Gati
as Piano Player
Jason Ronard
as Nelligan
Allan Graf
as Prison Guard
Kurt Fuller
as Detective
Christopher Mankiewicz
as Cop in Hospital
Joey D. Vieira
as Man at Phone Booth
Bruno Acalinas
as Detective
Michael Adams
as Railroad Engineer
Gabor Nemeth
as Gangster
Istvan Vajas
as Gangster
Peter Kis
as Gangster
Atilla Fasi
as Gangster
William McConnell
as Police Photographer
Ed DeFusco
as Police Photographer
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Critic Reviews for Red Heat

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (8)

  • Schwarzenegger, who when he dons a green suit is dubbed 'Gumby' by Belushi, is right on target with his characterization of the iron-willed soldier, and Belushi proves a quicksilver foil.

    Jul 6, 2010 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • Surface stuff, moderately contemptuous, but entertaining enough.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • ''Red Heat'' is a topically entertaining variation on the sort of action-adventure nonsense that plays best on television.

    May 20, 2003
  • If you still pine for the 80s where East vs West dominated action films, then this is an essential part of your education.

    Apr 17, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Right off the assembly line.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • "Red Heat" is not the first movie about a couple of very different cops, and it will not be the last, but as the formula goes this is a superior example.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Red Heat

  • Apr 26, 2016
    Better than I was expecting but it's still a pretty average action film, The on screen chemistry between Arnie and Belushi was good, The story was nothing new and predictable but I did enjoy it as it was told well, The action was ok but the ending was a let down in some ways, It's a under par action film from Arnie, Could of been better, Could of been worse.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2012
    Red Heat is a problematic action/comedy that doesn't quite know where it's going. The story follows a Russian police captain who comes to America to track down a drug lord that is running shipments from Chicago to Moscow. Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Belushi, and Gina Gershon all give solid performance, but they don't have any chemistry together. The film style is all over the place, from buddy cop, to rogue warrior, to cross-cultural comedy. Red Heat is a mess of a film that provides some good action, but it doesn't have much to with it.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2012
    If you love crime action comedy drama movies, look no further, here's something for you. This movie is action packed because of Schwarzenegger and humorous because of Belushi. Their supporting cast is excellent as well, you can't ask for more from them. Not only is this film entertaining, it's heart warming, thrilling, and has some real good fight scenes. I really liked this, and I recommend watching it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2011
    Well, it was a dud back in 1988, and lo and behold, it's still a dud. The worst part of this movie isn't that it does anything so abhorrently wrong. It's that it doesn't excel at doing anything above average. The action scenes are watchable but not exciting. The villains are bad, but uninteresting. Same thing with the cops. To me, the most interesting element is the character played by Gina Gershon. She happens to be the wife of notorious murderer Victor Rostavilli, and she's a real bargaining chip for the police, but her role is completely downplayed. Victor's deals, double crosses, plans to complete his goals all take place offscreen, so there's nothing to establish him as any real threat, especially because he's going up against the mother of all kick ass heroes: Arnold Schwarzennegger. I was sold on this movie because I heard Arnold was playing a Russian cop. Arnold speaking with a Russian accent? This I gotta see! Unfortunately, while Arnold isn't a total train wreck in his performance, he's not that exciting to watch either here. He drifts in and out of his Russian accent, and is oddly unconvincing when he speaks the language too. He has very few one liners, so anyone watching this movie for a good laugh will be disappointed. Also contributing to the dullness of this dullfest is James Belushi, who doesn't say a single funny line in the entire 105 minutes, although he has many attempts. All in all, this is a weak film. Not a horrible one. But a very mediocre one. So mediocre, you will forget about it almost as quickly as you watch it.
    Edward B Super Reviewer

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