The Crime Masterpiece “Heat!” My “Cult Movie Monday” Has This Electrifying Pacino / DeNiro Thriller!

Fasten Your Seat Belt For This Iconic Thriller!

In 1995, the world was blown away by the exciting, multi-layered and soon-to-be iconic crime masterpiece “Heat!”

From the cast to the production, this topnotch thriller is an intelligent crime drama that you won’t forget! Produced by Art Linson and Directed by Michael Mann, it’s a career highlight for both.

My “Cult Movie Monday” has some great trivia about his powerful film!

The plot sounds simple enough: a group of professional bank robbers start to feel the “heat” from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.

Time to dig into this film! First, look at this incredible cast:

Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Diane Venora, Amy Brenneman, Ashley Judd, Mykelti Williamson, Natalie Portman, Dennis Haysbert, Danny Trejo, Hank Azaria and Jeremy Piven!

Check out the trailer, which highlights the first ever collaboration between Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro:

Robert De Niro plays Neil McCauley, a seasoned professional robber and Al Pacino plays Lt. Vincent Hanna, an LAPD robbery-homicide detective tracking down Neil’s crew after a botched heist leaves three security guards dead.

The story is based on the true story of a former Chicago police officer’s pursuit of a criminal in the 60’s.

Directed by Michael Mann, “Heat” was filmed entirely on location in sixty-five locations around Los Angeles, without a single soundstage being used!

The powerful action centerpiece in the film takes place in downtown Los Angeles, and instead of dubbing in gunshots during the bank robbery shoot-out, Director Mann had microphones carefully placed around the set so that the audio could be captured live.

The sound is stunning!

Here’s another great piece of trivia:

The Film Is Based On This Real-life Meeting – And It Was Pacino And DeNiro’s First Time Acting Together!

In 1963, Chicago detective Chuck Adamson met in a Chicago coffee shop with convicted bank robber Neil McCauley — the same name as De Niro’s character. This meeting, captured in the film, ended up being the first time that Pacino and DeNiro ever acted together!

In an interview with Pacino on the film’s DVD Special Edition, the Actor revealed that for the scene in the restaurant between Hanna and McCauley, Robert De Niro felt that the scene should not be rehearsed so that the unfamiliarity between the two characters would seem more genuine. Michael Mann agreed, and shot the scene with no practice rehearsals!

That’s right: the first time they acted together was the first time they EVER acted together!

And what about this:

Val Kilmer Knew His Way Around A Gun!

One of Heat’s most iconic moments is the climactic 10-minute shootout scene, which was filmed every Saturday and Sunday in downtown L.A. for six weeks. The actors trained with men from the British Special Air Service (SAS) and at the L.A. County Sheriff’s combat shooting ranges.

“We did everything for real,” Mann told Deadline. “[The actors] got so good that the footage of Val Kilmer, firing in two directions and doing a reload without a cut, they used that at Fort Bragg for Special Forces training.”

Yes, Val’s handiwork is now being taught!

The terrific website “” has a dozen more great facts about “Heat” and you can see them all here:

I cannot recommend “Heat” enough, having just watched it AGAIN this weekend!

If yo like gritty crime thrillers, here’s one from the late 70’s you might enjoy as well!

Dustin Hoffman, Gary Busey and Harry Dean Stanton star in this gritty thriller about an ex-con struggling to do his “straight time.” It’s also filmed on the streets of Los Angeles…you can see the film’s trailer and much more by clicking on my story here:

And if you want to see two Actors having a blast playing off each other, how about DeNiro and Charles Grodin?

“Midnight Run” is one of the best “buddy comedies” ever, and filled with great action sequences as well!

Check out the trailer and a bunch of great lines from the film by clicking on my story here:

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13 replies

  1. How the hell did I miss this! Wonderful, John. Fully agree on everything said and covered here.


  2. An excellent choice of movie, John, and it has a great cast.

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  3. I need to see this one again!!


  4. An all-time great …Thank you for the interesting… we need to watch this film again, Awesome post!


  5. Such a fine movie! The acting is a textbook on film acting, from the two at the top and on down.

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  6. John, I love ‘Heat’. But you know what I am going to say. We have had this conversation before. It was a scene by scene steal from the original, ‘L.A. Takedown’. I like the raw feel of the original best.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  7. I bloody love De Niro & Pacino. What an awesome team. I could go for watching this again soon. Midnight Run, however, I can’t recall ever watching so it’ll go on my to-watch list. Cheers, John! xx

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  8. I loved this one!! Time for me to see it again



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