Heat (1995)

Michael Mann’s cat-and-mouse thriller stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.

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  • The Other Side Working


Mann’s painstakingly detailed cat-and-mouse thriller, in which an LA cop (Pacino) obsessively strives to nail the leader (De Niro) of a gang responsible for a deadly armed robbery, makes imaginative and psychologically expressive use of locations, decor and lighting. From a simple conversation between two men in a coffee-shop to an extraordinary expressionist finale at LAX airport, this is virtuoso fare.

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