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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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A successful career criminal considers getting out of the business after one last score, while an obsessive cop desperately tries to put him behind bars in this intelligent thriller written and directed by Michael Mann. Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) is a thief who specializes in big, risky jobs, such as banks and armored cars. He's very good at what he does; he's bright, methodical, and has honed his skills as a thief at the expense of his personal life, vowing never to get involved in a relationship from which he couldn't walk away in 30 seconds. Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) is an L.A.P.D. detective determined to catch McCauley, but while McCauley's personal code has forced him to do without a wife and children, Hanna's dedication has made a wreck of the home he's tried to have; he's been divorced twice, he's all but a stranger to his third wife, and he has no idea how to reach out to his troubled step-daughter. While McCauley has enough money to retire and is planning to move to New Zealand, he loves the thrill of robbery as much as the profit, and is blocking out plans for one more job; meanwhile, he's met a woman, Eady (Amy Brenneman), whom he's not so sure he can walk away from. The supporting cast includes Val Kilmer as Chris, one of McCauley's partners; Ashley Judd as his wife Charlene; Jon Voight as Nate; Hank Azaria as Alan Marciano; and Henry Rollins as Hugh, who is beaten up by Hanna. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Al Pacino
as Vincent Hanna
Robert De Niro
as Neil McCauley
Val Kilmer
as Chris Shiherlis
Tom Sizemore
as Michael Cheritto
Diane Venora
as Justine Hanna
Ashley Judd
as Charlene Shiherlis
Wes Studi
as Casals
Tom Noonan
as Kelson
Kevin Gage
as Waingro
Hank Azaria
as Marciano
Susan Traylor
as Elaine Cheritto
Kim Staunton
as Lillian
Bud Cort
as Solenko
Henry Rollins
as Hugh Benny
Jeremy Piven
as Dr. Bob
Jerry Trimble
as Schwartz
Martin Ferrero
as Construction Clerk
Ricky Harris
as Albert Torena
Tone Loc
as Richard Torena
Begonia Plaza
as Anna Trejo
Hazelle Goodman
as Hooker's Mother
Bill McIntosh
as Armored Guard No. 1
Rick Avery
as Armored Guard No. 2
Brad Baldridge
as Children's Hospital Doctor
Max Daniels
as Shooter at Drive-In
Vince Deadrick Jr.
as Driver at Drive-In
Charles Duke
as Cop No. 5
Thomas Elfmont
as Desk Clerk Cop
Kenny Endoso
as Bartender
Kimberly Flynn
as Casals' Date
Steven Ford
as Officer Bruce
Farrah Forke
as Claudia
Hannes Fritsch
as Miracle Mile Bartender
Amanda Graves
as Linda Cheritto
Emily Graves
as Anita Cheritto
Niki Harris
as Marcia Drucker
Daniel O'Haco
as Detective No. 1
Ted Harvey
as Detective No. 2
Patricia Healy
as Bosko's Date
Paul Herman
as Sgt. Heinz
Cindy Katz
as Rachel
Brian Libby
as Captain Jackson
Dan Martin
as Harry Dieter
Rick Marzan
as Basketball Player
Terry Miller
as Children's Hospital Nurse
Paul Moyer
as News Anchorman
Mario Roberts
as Bank Guard No. 1
Thomas Rosales Jr.
as Armored Truck Driver
Rainell Saunders
as Dead Hooker
Kai Soremekun
as Prostitute
Rey Verdugo
as Vegas Cop
Wendy Walsh
as News Anchorwoman
Yvonne Zima
as Hostage Girl
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Critic Reviews for Heat

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (69) | 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.

    Apr 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.

    Apr 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.

    Apr 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.

    Apr 29, 2014 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Apr 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.

    Apr 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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