“Fight” ( English Heat  , USA , 1995 ) - Michael Mann’s crime drama with Al Pacino and Robert de Niro in the lead roles. The film is a remake of the 1989 television film “ ,” written and directed by Michael Mann . The film takes 122nd place in the list of 250 best films according to IMDb (as of November 2018)  .
|Genre||action , drama , crime|
|Producer||Michael Mann |
|In the main|
|Al Pacino |
|Film company||Warner brothers|
|Budget||$ 60 million |
|Fees||$ 187.4 million|
The story is based on a real biography of the criminal Neil McCauley, who was tracked down by a detective named Chuck Adamson in 1964  .
The gang of Neil McCauley ( Robert De Niro ), operating in Los Angeles and the suburbs, is based not only on the principles of strict discipline and thorough preparation of crimes, but also on the old companionship of its members: Chris Sheherlis ( Val Kilmer ), Michael Cheritto ( Tom Sizemore ) and Trejo ( Danny Trejo ). However, a well-planned raid on a collection vehicle was almost frustrated due to a lack of endurance attracted by the recidivist Weingro ( Kevin Gage ). Without any need, he kills one guard, which forces the criminals to calmly kill the rest. Having ignored other values, bandits take only certain securities . Waingro was sentenced due to senseless killings provoked by him, for the investigation of which the murder department immediately takes charge. However, by absolute chance, he manages to escape. A friend and gang member Nate ( John Voight ) considers it most profitable to sell the bonds to their former owner - Van Zant ( William Fichtner ), a financial intermediary in the legalization of drug dollars, who will receive a full refund from the insurance company. In a telephone conversation, Nate offers to receive all the securities for 60% of the cost. Van Zant agrees, but only hanging up gives the command to kill those who encroached on his property. In a shootout, Van Zant's people die, and McCauley himself announces the verdict by phone.
Investigation into the attack on a bank car is conducted by an experienced lieutenant from the murder department of Vincent Hannah ( Al Pacino ). Using a network of informants, he goes on the trail of the McCauley criminal group and carefully waits for attempts to commit another crime for a motivated arrest of all gang members at once. Neil, thanks to his sources in the police, finds out about the surveillance that has begun and invites his comrades to indefinitely stop the criminal business. At the same time, he reports on the well-developed robbery plan for the bank with a guaranteed result of thirteen million dollars. Criminals decide to take risks.
At the same time, the film tells about the personal life of the main characters. The marriage, and not the first, of Lieutenant Hannah and his wife Justin ( Diane Venora ) is close to a break due to his painful professional responsibility and employment. Ludomania Shikherlisa pushes his wife Charlene ( Ashley Judd ) to treason. McCauley is happier. He allows himself to sincerely become attached to Ida ( Amy Brenneman ), who considers him an ordinary businessman.
On the planned day, bandits, with the exception of Trejo, who was unable to get rid of the surveillance of Van Zant people whom Waingro brought in, raid the bank. At first, everything goes well for them. But Lieutenant Hannah, who received a signal about the robbery from an anonymous source (later it turns out that it was Hugh Benny, Van Zant's assistant), manages to arrive with his group at the bank when the criminals already leave it. There is a shootout on the streets of the city. Cheritto dies in it, Sicherlis is seriously injured, but McCauley leads him out of the fire. They two manage to escape with part of the stolen money. Leaving Chris with an illegal medic, Neil goes to Trejo, but finds him dying from the brutal beatings inflicted by Wayngro, collaborating with Van Zant. McCauley’s revenge is immediate — a criminal banker shot dead at home.
Neil goes to Ida and, partially opening in front of her, persuades him to leave the city with him. With money and previously prepared fake documents, they are sent to the airport. Here the trap prepared by the lieutenant a little earlier is triggered. Some time ago, the police received information about the whereabouts of Waingro, and Hannah, reasonably assuming that after the assassination of van Zant, it was Waingro's next target, who would be McCauley’s ambush, was organizing an ambush at the hotel where he had settled. After some hesitation, McCauley goes to the hotel, fakes a fire, neutralizes agents in an agitated panic and executes Waynegro. Lieutenant Hannah, who has almost lost hope of arresting the hiding McCauley, receives information about his sudden appearance in an ambush, rushes to the hotel and after a short pursuit at the Los Angeles airport, fatally wounds Neal. Hannah holds McCauley's hand while he dies.
- Al Pacino - Lieutenant Vincent Hannah
- Robert De Niro - Neil McCauley
- Val Kilmer - Chris Sheherlis
- John Voight - Nate
- Tom Sizemore - Michael Cheritto
- Diane Venora - Justin Hannah
- Amy Brenneman - Ida
- Ashley Judd - Charlene Sheherlis
- Mikelti Williamson - Sergeant Drucker
- Wes Studi - Detective Sammy Casals
- Ted Levin - Detective Mike Bosco
- Dennis Hayesbert - Donald Bridan
- William Fichtner - Roger van Zant
- Natalie Portman - Lauren Gustafson
- Tom Nunen - Kelso
- Kevin Gage - Waingro
- Hank Azaria - Alan Marciano
- Susan Traylor - Helen Cheritto
- Danny Trejo - Trejo
- Henry Rollins - Hag Benny
- Jerry Trimble - Sergeant Danny Schwartz
- Ricky Harris - Albert Thorena
- Tone Loc - Richard Torena
- Jeremy Piven - Dr. Bob
- Xander Berkeley - Ralph
- 1996 - Saturn Award
- Best adventure movie or action movie
- Best Supporting Actor - Val Kilmer
- 1996 - Chicago Film Critics Association Award
- Best movie
- 1996 - Cinema and Sound Recording Society Award
- Outstanding Sound Achievement for Feature Film - Chris Jenkins , Ron Bartlett , Mark Smith , Lee Orlov
- 1996 - MTV Movie Awards
- The most coveted man - Val Kilmer (including the movie " Batman Forever ")
- 1997 - YoungStar Awards
- Best Actress in a Drama Film - Natalie Portman
The original negative of the film was shot with Panavision anamorphic optics on a 35 mm film in widescreen format with a aspect ratio of 2.35: 1  . Rental film copies are printed by contact in the same format  . Original phonograms: digital optical SDDS and Dolby Digital on film.
- Heat (1995) (Fr.) . JP's Box-Office. Date of treatment April 11, 2016.
- literal translation of the name “Heat”, which in American criminal jargon means “harassment by law enforcement agencies” or weapons. In the film, this term is explained to the viewer during a conversation between McCauley and Hannah in a cafe.
- 250 best films according to IMDb
- Wael Khairy. Crime in the emptiness of Los Angeles | Far flungers | Roger Ebert www.rogerebert.com. Circulation date May 11, 2019.
- Technical specifications for “Heat” . IMDb Date of treatment June 15, 2012.
- " Fight ” (Eng.) On the Internet Movie Database
- Scramble (English) on allmovie