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Heat (1986)

So you think Charles Bronson is the most lethal object on two feet? That’s because you haven’t seen Heat.
1986 Movie poster for "Heat" directed by Dick Richards


"Heat"

Credits: Director

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Karen Young and Peter MacNicol

Studio: Paramount

Release: 1975

Accolades: Academy Award, Best Supporting Actress, Sylvia Miles,1976

Edgar Allan Poe Awards, Best Picture, 1976



BURT REYNOLDS THRILLS FROM VEGAS TO VENICE IN A TENSE NEO-NOIR ACTION THRILLER

Written by William Goldman based on his own novel, “Heat” has Reynolds crossing lines from private eye to vigilante who could use a few rounds of therapy - for various ailments, including gambling. The New York Times wrote: “So you think Charles Bronson is the most lethal object on two feet? That’s because you haven’t seen Heat.” Jason Statham stars in a 2016 remake directed by Simon West.


Synopsis

In Las Vegas, ex-mercenary Nick Escalante (Reynolds) works as a bodyguard, trying to save enough money to retire in Venice. His friend, Holly (Young), is brutally attacked by a mob-connected high roller, Danny DeMarco (Neill Barry). Nick helps her seek revenge, using his lethal skills to confront DeMarco and his thugs. Nick also mentors a timid gambler, Cyrus Kinnick, teaching him self-defense. Nick's gambling addiction hampers his plans, but he ultimately faces DeMarco, who meets a grim end, and Nick finally finds his way to Venice…


Reviews


“Heat is a picture of battered virtue that Raymond Chandler might well have admired.”
~ Chicago Tribune

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