Woody Allen’s rapturous, poignant, romantic comedy about the fretful life of an obsessive writer of TV comedy (Allen), worrying over his current, ex and future relationships (with Hemingway, Streep and Keaton), his hypochondria and his contemplated switch to serious literature. A declaration of love to cerebral life and fashion in the city Allen has made his own, set to George Gershwin and filmed in silvery widescreen monochrome by Gordon Willis.
Director: Michael Mann.
Starring: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight, Diana Venora, Amy Brenneman, Ashley Judd, Natalie Portman. USA 1995. 171 mins.
Two of America’s finest, most charismatic film actors came together for the first time on screen in Michael Mann’s highly intelligent, stylish, violent thriller – and the result is electrifying. An absorbing duel between two men – one the icy cool mastermind of a criminal gang specialising in high-risk, high-yield heists (De Niro), the other the dogged detective assigned to his case (Pacino) – plays out on the battleground of contemporary LA, a moody, ever shifting city of twisted morals and crumbling relationships. Beautifully crafted, superbly paced and boasting a superlative heist gone wrong among several unforgettable sequences, Heat brought Michael Mann the recognition he long deserved as one of America's most talented directors.