Michael Mann, Heat, 1995 (still); image: courtesy Warner Brothers/Photofest

Film

Heat

Part of Modern Cinema: Johnnie To

“A tightly wound professional thief (Robert De Niro) and a high-achieving LAPD detective (Al Pacino) are locked in deadly opposition as they vector towards each other in Mann’s modernist masterpiece. With his typically powerful choreography of action, sense of epic scope, and dazzling use of Los Angeles locales, the director transforms this gripping heist yarn into a fugue-like existential opera.”
— BAMcinématheque

“This is simply the best American crime movie — and indeed, one of the finest movies, period — in over a decade.”
Time Out London

“Released in 1995, the movie remains the apotheosis of the director’s style — a muscular, outsized vision of laconic men at work. It is proudly old-fashioned and unabashedly movie-ish in its predilection for moments of pop cool and baroque grandstanding. Heat’s very scale announced its ambitions — the nearly three-hour film aspired to be the mother of all cop dramas. That made the gunfight at its center the mother of all shoot-’em-ups.”
— Elbert Ventura, Reverse Shot



Film Details

Country: USA
Languages: English
Year: 1995
Running time: 170 min
Format: DCP
Director: Michael Mann
Producers: Art Linson, Michael Mann
Cinematographer: Dante Spinotti
Editors: Pasquale Buba, William Goldenberg, Dov Hoenig, Tom Rolf
Print Source: Criterion Pictures


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