Heat (film)

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Heat is a 1995 American crime film written and directed by Michael Mann. It stars Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Val Kilmer. De Niro plays Neil McCauley, a professional thief, while Pacino plays Lt. Vincent Hanna, veteran LAPD homicide detective whose temper and devotion to his job causes him to neglect his family. The central conflict of the film was based on the experiences of former Chicago police officer Chuck Adamson and his pursuit of a criminal named McCauley in the 1960s, from which the name of De Niro's character was derived.[2]

The film is technically a remake of L.A. Takedown, a 1989 made-for-television film which was also written and directed by Mann; the director had been trying to get Heat made for over a decade, and created L.A Takedown as a simplified version after his efforts were unsuccessful. Heat was a critical and commercial success, grossing $67 million in the United States and $187 million worldwide.[1]

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Plot

Career criminal Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) and his crew; Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer), Michael Cheritto (Tom Sizemore), Trejo (Danny Trejo) and Waingro (Kevin Gage), perpetrate an armored car heist stealing USD$1.6 million in bearer bonds from money launderer Roger Van Zant (William Fichtner). During the heist, Waingro impulsively kills one of the guards forcing the crew to eliminate the remaining two guards out of necessity. Waingro later escapes when McCauley tries to kill him in retaliation. McCauley's fence Nate (Jon Voight) sets up a meeting with Van Zant to sell the bonds back and he ostensibly agrees but instructs his men to kill McCauley as a warning to other thieves. With backup from his crew, McCauley thwarts the ambush and vows revenge.

Lieutenant Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) of the L.A.P.D. Robbery-Homicide Division heads the investigation of the armored car heist and learns McCauley's crew plans to rob a precious metals depository next. Hanna and his unit stake out the depository but when an officer inadvertently makes a noise, McCauley is tipped off and the crew abandon the robbery. Waingro is revealed to be a serial killer; murdering a prostitute with the crime falling under Hanna's jurisdiction as well. Despite the police surveillance, McCauley and his crew decide to go through with a bank holdup with an estimated $12 million payoff. Hanna discovers his wife Justine's (Diane Venora) affair and moves to a hotel and McCauley catches Charlene Shiherlis (Ashley Judd) cheating on Chris with Alan Marciano (Hank Azaria), a Las Vegas liquor salesman with a criminal past. Hanna deliberately intercepts McCauley during a surveillance operation and invites him to coffee, where he concedes the problems of his personal life; his concern for his step daughter Lauren (Natalie Portman) and the failure of his third marriage due to his grueling work schedule. Likewise, McCauley confesses his profession as a robber forbids attachments and stresses mobility, making his relationship with his girlfriend Eady (Amy Brenneman) tenuous. Having met face to face, Hanna and McCauley share a mutual respect but readily admit neither will hesitate to kill the other if the circumstances demand it.

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