Cast: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight
Director: Michael Mann
Genre: Drama and Crime/Gangster
Box Office: $30+ millions in rentals (USA)
Trivia: The meeting between De Niro and Pacino over coffee was shot at Kate Mantilini on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. The L.A. mainstay is a noted top spot for a stylish late supper. The restaurant now has “heat” spelled in neon above the door and a large poster of the actors in the now famous scene
Neil McCauley: He knew the risks, he didn’t have to be there. It rains… you get wet.
Vincent Hanna: My life’s a disaster zone. I got a stepdaughter so f**ked up because her real father’s this large-type *******. I got a wife, we’re passing each other on the down-slope of a marriage – my third – because I spend all my time chasing guys like you around the block. That’s my life.
Neil McCauley: A guy told me one time, “Don’t let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner.” Now, if you’re on me and you gotta move when I move, how do you expect to keep a… a marriage?
Vincent Hanna: Seven years in Folsom. In the hole for three. McNeil before that. McNeil as tough as they say?
Neil McCauley: You lookin’ to become a penologist?
Vincent Hanna: You lookin’ to go back? You know, I chased down some crews; guys just lookin’ to f**k up, get busted back. That you?
Neil McCauley: You must’ve worked some dip**** crews.
Vincent Hanna: I worked all kinds.
Neil McCauley: You see me doin’ thrill-seeker liquor store holdups with a “Born to Lose” tattoo on my chest?
Vincent Hanna: No, I do not.
Neil McCauley: Right. I am never goin’ back.
Vincent Hanna: Then don’t take down scores.
The Ultimate Showdown of Two Great Actors, Pacino and De Niro, face to face and they put on a great show.
Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro come together for the first time in 21 years(last time they both starred in The Godfather: Part II but never shared the screen together as split chronology prevented this.) in this crime drama set in sunny L.A. Pacino plays Lt, Vincent Hanna, an L.A. Detective hot on the trail of expert thief Neil McCauley(DeNiro). Hanna is so wrapped up in McCauley that he neglects his family. Hanna gets word that McCauley and his crew are planning their next bank heist worth $ 12 million. Hanna wants to give McCauley and his gang “the surprise of a lifetime.” McCauley gets the surprise alright which turns the greatest shootout scene I’ve seen on film.
Having fired an M-16, that gully shoot out was mesmerizing. Listen for the sounds of that weapon, for God’s sake mimic it and store it. That scene was so unbelievable, they even did movement to contact drills, Epic I say. But it tailed, I still don’t know why Neal had to get Grove, odds were stacked against him, but maybe that just how he was. And the scene between Pacino and DeNiro were so contrived and police gaudy, it didn’t tie into the frame of the movie at all. Maybe, a chance encounter the first time they meet, then the sit down.
Overall, everyone was stellar, you got me ‘slick.’