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Heat (1995)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Heat (1995)

In Michael Mann's cop thriller, featuring DeNiro's and Pacino's first appearance together on-screen:

  • the exciting opening sequence of a deadly heist by criminal mastermind Neil McCauley (Robert DeNiro) and a gang, taking possession of a Gage armored-van in Los Angeles, with the criminal bank robbers posing as paramedics wearing hockey-goalie masks, to steal $1.6 million in bearer bonds
  • the first wary, face-off meeting between aging professionals: LAPD top cop LAPD Lt. Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) and Neil McCauley over a cup of coffee in a coffee-shop/diner when they talked - "like a couple of regular fellows" - about their respective lives and duties
LAPD Lt. Vincent Hanna
(Al Pacino)
Neil McCauley
(Robert DeNiro)
  • the climactic final botched heist of the downtown LA branch of the Far East National Bank, and the subsequent shootout on city streets, when two of the bank robbers, McCauley and his partner, wounded Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer), were able to hold off and escape from the authorities with expert gun-handling and duck-and-cover tactics
  • the conclusion, on an LAX airport tarmac, when Hanna single-handedly pursued McCauley and mortally wounded him, after which he took McCauley's hand as he died
LAX Airport Tarmac Concluding Shoot-Out

Opening Robbery of Armored Van in Los Angeles

Climactic Bank Heist and Shootout with LAPD


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