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.
2 of the greatest actors = great film!
- Heat review by Kazzie
I heard this was a great classic, and as a Pacino/De Niro fan - I felt I needed to watch this.
It was nice to see both of my fav actors in a film although the roles were unexpected. Pacino played the dedicated cop who was hunting down the leader of a clever gang of thieves.
The only slight flaw I suppose is that it was longer than it could have been - but I personally didn't mind as it kept me interested. Each character had a little story of their own along side the main concept of Thieving/chasing.... but not to the point where you get confused. Very well written and directed. The stories come together at the end.
I must mention that Val Kilmer also plays a good part. He plays the character well and also sports a very different hairstyle! Lol!
A good watch and another addition to my list of classics.
The onscreen clash of the titans in Heat overshadows the rest of the film. Michael Mann shows his customary flair for detail and action sequences but Heat is bogged down by far too much excess. A more streamlined vision would have been beneficial.
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.