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It is great to see a low budget version of a great film. Michael Mann's 1995 masterpiece Heat was actually conceived way back in the 80s by the director Michael Mann. He decided to make it then with the limited budget he had. The scenes and even dialogues are verbatim but it is great to see what a bigger budget can get- from better thespians of the class of Pacino and Deniro to some amazing locations. This is a good film for film students to sit and analyze.(A curiosity sake film if you loved Heat).
It is great to see a low budget version of a great film. Michael Mann's 1995 masterpiece Heat was actually conceived way back in the 80s by the director Michael Mann. He decided to make it then with the limited budget he had. The scenes and even dialogues are verbatim but it is great to see what a bigger budget can get- from better thespians of the class of Pacino and Deniro to some amazing locations. This is a good film for film students to sit and analyze. (earlier version of Heat).
A fine Michael Mann directed film, done in his "Miami Vice" way. Fabulous cinematography. Not always sure of what was going on in the dialog, but action supreme.
[img]https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSg0Q6Lf4TvXBkNbJLgGR1Ti2wjqh55z9bOCF5DAq8m2cTiewuk_Q[/img] Miami Vice
SEE the trailer here:
In late 1995, Mann released Heat, which he directed from his original script. Heat was made with an ensemble cast including Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Val Kilmer. Heat was met with critical acclaim and became a financial success.
SEE the entire film here:
L.A. Takedown is a crime/thriller made for TV movie that aired on NBC on August 27, 1989 at 9 pm. It was written and directed by Michael Mann, and its ensemble cast includes Scott Plank, Alex McArthur, Michael Rooker, Daniel Baldwin, and Xander Berkeley.
1 The majority of the main cast appeared as guest stars in episodes of one or both of Michael Mann's two shows produced in the 1980s, Miami Vice and Crime Story.
2 After making The Last of the Mohicans, Mann returned to a 1986 draft of L.A. Takedown, viewing the TV movie as a dry run for the film he had originally written, which was intended as a much more complex and elaborate story.
Scott Plank as Vincent Hanna
Alex McArthur as Patrick McLaren
Michael Rooker as Bosko
Ely Pouget as Lillian Hanna
Vincent Guastaferro as Michael Cerrito
Laura Harrington as Eady
Peter Dobson as Chris Sheherlis
Xander Berkeley as Waingro
Daniel Baldwin as Bobby Schwartz
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Hugh Benny
From humble beginnings....
3 Natalie Portmans
Remade as Heat in 1995, L.A. Takedown was Mann's original TV movie of what was to become (in Heat) his epic crime drama. The characters are lacking the depth which Pacino and De Niro would bring to the roles but as a blueprint for what was to come this is a decent enough "first draft" with an excellent shootout scene which still holds up today. But at 90 minutes (Heat was close to 3 hours) Takedown feels rushed and spliced together roughly.
This is a very good crime movie! This film was remade as Heat!
TV movie/failed pilot by Michael Mann later remade with exacting similarity as "Heat". Interesting to see artificial the sharp-edged procedural style stripped of the dramatic expansiveness applied to its prestige picture remake.
Pretty much plays like a cliff-notes version of Heat.
"Hanna is the cop, and the HEAT is on!"
This is my new #1 reason why remakes are a GOOD THING!!! Holy God. What if Heat was Miami Vice the show? This. Starring Adam Sandler and Jean Claude Van Damme. Make it go away Movie God... Make the pain stop. I feel so bad for Mann and I am happy as punch that he later got a REAL budget to make his VERSION as intended.