Heat

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Though Al Pacino and Robert De Niro share but a handful of screen minutes together, Heat is an engrossing crime drama that draws compelling performances from its stars -- and confirms Michael Mann's mastery of the genre.

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Master criminal Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) is trying to control the rogue actions of one of his men, while also planning one last big heist before retiring. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Hanna (Al Pacino) attempts to track down McCauley as he deals with the chaos in his own life, including the infidelity of his wife (Diane Venora) and the mental health of his stepdaughter (Natalie Portman). McCauley and Hanna discover a mutual respect, even as they try to thwart each other's plans.

Cast & Crew

Al Pacino
Lt. Vincent Hanna
Robert De Niro
Neil McCauley
Val Kilmer
Chris Shiherlis
Tom Sizemore
Michael Cheritto
Diane Venora
Justine Hanna
Ashley Judd
Charlene Shiherlis
Mykelti Williamson
Sergeant Drucker
Wes Studi
Detective Casals
Pieter Jan Brugge
Executive Producer
Gusmano Cesaretti
Associate Producer
Arnon Milchan
Executive Producer
Kathleen M. Shea
Associate Producer
Michael Brook
Original Music
Dante Spinotti
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Critic Reviews for Heat

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (72) | Rotten (11)

  • When Pacino's loud, bruised cop and De Niro's canny crook stare at each other, you can read something spent and weary in their eyes and voices. The heat is hell. So are their jobs -- but somebody's got to do them.

    April 29, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The taciturn De Niro and the braying Pacino share a flawless scene over a cup of coffee, but the real honors go to Val Kilmer and Ashley Judd as a warring, loving couple.

    April 29, 2014 | Full Review…
  • So why doesn't Heat, with its elaborately staged, tautly edited robberies, its killer cast, edgy score and elegant cinematography, offer more satisfaction? It's the script, stupid.

    April 29, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Just when it seemed that the only hope for crime movies lay in the postmodernist artifice of films like Pulp Fiction, Mann reinvests the genre with brooding, modernist conviction. This one sticks to your gut.

    April 29, 2014 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • There's nothing really new in this lengthy 1995 thriller by writer-director Michael Mann about cops and robbers in Los Angeles, but it has craft, pacing, and an overall sense of proportion, three pretty rare classic virtues nowadays.

    April 29, 2014 | Full Review…
  • An odd though often entertaining blend of The Asphalt Jungle and Oprah, a traditional cops-and-robbers story weirdly fitted out with long, earnest discussions of interpersonal relationships.

    April 29, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Heat

  • Jun 21, 2018
    Masterful direction, pulsating action and thrills and key performances from Pacino and De Niro, Heat is a landmark 90s film that redefines the crime/drama genre and is visibly inspiring for modern-day films that replicate its grandeur. 4.35/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2016
    So thoroughly engrossing and entertaining you might have to pause the video to catch your breath, even during somber dialogue, which is no mean feat for a three hour long film. A cast and crew of this caliber may never come together ever again quite as stylishly and potently as in Heat.
    Paris S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2016
    Heat is one of the best crime dramas, featuring powerful performances by its lead characters, great script and story. If you love crime dramas as well as heist films then Heat has got you covered!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2013
    Heat is a brilliantly crafted crime film from writer/director Michael Mann. When a group of professional bank robbers are pursued by a relentless police detective, they're forced to choose between risking it all for one last score or having to walk away with nothing. Full of rich, interesting characters, the script is extraordinarily well-written and is able to interweave several subplots seamlessly. The film also features outstanding performances form an all-star cast that includes Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Natalie Portman, Danny Trejo, and Amy Brenneman. And Mann's directing is phenomenal; as exemplified by the iconic bank shootout sequence, which is incredibly intense and dynamic. Stylized and thrilling, Heat is a compelling and sophisticated crime drama.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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