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

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A Moscow detective (Arnold Schwarzenegger) shows his local police escort (James Belushi) how to hunt a Soviet drug smuggler in Chicago.

Cast & Crew

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Capt. Ivan Danko
James Belushi
Det. Sgt. Art Ridzik
Peter Boyle
Cmdr. Lou Donnelly
Ed O'Ross
Viktor `'Rosta'` Rostavili
Larry Fishburne
Lt. Charlie Stobbs
Gina Gershon
Catherine `'Cat'` Manzetti
Richard Bright
Det. Sgt. Gallagher
Oleg Vidov
Yuri Ogarkov
Harry Kleiner
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Walter Hill
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Mario Kassar
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Andrew G. Vajna
Executive Producer
Mae Woods
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James Horner
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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.

    July 6, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Surface stuff, moderately contemptuous, but entertaining enough.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • ''Red Heat'' is a topically entertaining variation on the sort of action-adventure nonsense that plays best on television.

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

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

    January 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.

    January 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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