Published December 29, 2012


Film info

  • Title Heat
  • Director Michael Mann
  • Year 1995
  • Run time 2hrs 50m
  • Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, Action
  • Tagline A Los Angeles crime saga

Academy Award-winners Robert DeNiro ('Showtime,' 'Analyze This') and Al Pacino ('Insomnia,' 'Any Given Sunday') -- together for the first time since 'The Godfather Part II' -- head a stellar cast in this taut psychological drama about an obsessive detective and a brilliant thief whose fates are linked in the aftermath of a high-stakes securities heist.

Fast Facts

Title: Heat Director: Michael Mann Year: 1995 Run time: 2hrs 50m

Background Info

This is one I’d never heard of, naturally, but Mr C was very keen on. He recently bought it on iTunes because it appeared in HD, and luckily, we had the festive holidays to watch - it takes a certain amount of free time to watch a film that is almost three hours long!

Live Blog

2:07 - There’s a lot of famous people in this. And William Fichtner, the guy who is in everything! 5:47 - Baby Portman! 10:57 - The people that drive these things should get epic danger money. 17:27 - “MO is that they’re good.” 25:38 - Bookstore is a good place to hide out/meet, I reckon. 30:01 - His chat up line features iridescent algae. 40:09 - It’s an incredible apartment that he has, but I think I would need some soundproofing. The ocean noise is okay for a while, but you’d need some peace occasionally. 51:56 - Jeez, they weren’t very inconspicuous, shooting up the whole drive-through. 54:03 - Is he going to get attached and go against his own rule? I think so. 1:03:52 - I don’t know, if it was me I don’t think I’d want to hear about the microwaved kid. 1:06:54 - “The last thing I am is married.” 1:12:23 - Infrared De Niro stare is terrifying. 1:22:20 - Clever gang, clever policeman, this is quite the head to head. 1:29:59 - Regular type life = barbecues and ball games. I don’t have one of those. 1:35:09 - Captivating. Just two guys talking, but captivating. 1:44:05 - It’s nice that he thought of those with heart trouble (!) 1:50:42 - I just don’t buy they would have such a massive shootout in the street like this! 1:53:36 - Pacino is a good shot though. 2:04:52 - He doesn’t know all that would happen to Dominic. Quite the projection. 2:11:58 - Poor Ralph! 2:25:22 - This guy is having a really bad day. Friend got shot, wife cheating, step-daughter tries to kill herself… 2:35:31 - She’s probably the only sympathetic character in this whole thing. Slightly unwilling girlfriend. 2:42:29 - Do landing lights go on and off like that? I just assumed they were on all the time.


I have to tread a bit carefully, as Mr C was ready to put this in his top whatever films of all time. I did like it, it’s good when a film has the space to breathe, and I really thought that scene in the diner was amazing. I just have this problem with films where I can’t really work out who I’m rooting for. I guess you’re meant to get behind Pacino, but he wasn’t exactly that friendly either. Perhaps it doesn’t matter, it’s just something I struggle with. Otherwise, I enjoyed it, even if it was a bit long!

**Rating: **4/5

Rating: 4 / 5

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