Thief Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) and policeman Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino), both obsessed with their professions and determined to achieve big things, find themselves caught in a cat and mouse chase as McCauley sets plans in motion for one last heist before his retirement. When Hanna gets assigned to the case of the notorious thief, he dedicates himself to making McCauley's arrest the pinnacle of his career.
I don't think having 2 icons playing opposite one another is necessarily a great plan. It doesn't double the intensity, probably because the chemistry is not appreciable. However the bank robbing scene is awesome. A shoot out between cops and robbers has never been done better. For this scene alone it must be watched. There are however a lot of domestic scenes of very questionable entertainment merit. Tense husbands rowing with bored, undervalued wives, even when one couple are apparently compared with another is just poor cinema. I did not think the use of '90s LA legalese slang added to the atmosphere only adding to the confusion.