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A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.

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Michael Mann

Writer:

Michael Mann
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Lt. Vincent Hanna
Robert De Niro ... Neil McCauley
Val Kilmer ... Chris Shiherlis
Jon Voight ... Nate
Tom Sizemore ... Michael Cheritto
Diane Venora ... Justine
Amy Brenneman ... Eady
Ashley Judd ... Charlene Shiherlis
Mykelti Williamson ... Sergeant Drucker
Wes Studi ... Casals
Ted Levine ... Bosko
Dennis Haysbert ... Donald Breedan
William Fichtner ... Roger Van Zant
Natalie Portman ... Lauren Gustafson
Tom Noonan ... Kelso
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Storyline

Hunters and their prey--Neil and his professional criminal crew hunt to score big money targets (banks, vaults, armored cars) and are, in turn, hunted by Lt. Vincent Hanna and his team of cops in the Robbery/Homicide police division. A botched job puts Hanna onto their trail while they regroup and try to put together one last big 'retirement' score. Neil and Vincent are similar in many ways, including their troubled personal lives. At a crucial moment in his life, Neil disobeys the dictum taught to him long ago by his criminal mentor--'Never have anything in your life that you can't walk out on in thirty seconds flat, if you spot the heat coming around the corner'--as he falls in love. Thus the stage is set for the suspenseful ending.... Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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A Los Angeles Crime Saga See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fuego contra fuego See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,445,656, 17 December 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,436,818

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$107,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

For the restaurant sequence where McCauley and Hanna finally meet, Michael Mann ran two cameras simultaneously in order to generate a greater level of fluidity between both rivals. Since there were no rehearsals for the scene, this approach afforded both men a more generous margin for improvisational experimentation. See more »

Goofs

McCauley refers to a harbor-area bridge as the "Saint Vincent Thomas Bridge." It wasn't named for a saint, but for a California Assemblyman named Vincent Thomas. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Construction Clerk: Check, charge, or cash?
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Alternate Versions

The television version aired by NBC on January 3, 1999 was disowned by director and credited to "'Alan Smithee'" because, though Mann offered to reinstate 17 minutes of deleted footage in the film to make it fit a four-hour time slot, NBC decided to excise over 40 minutes of footage from the theatrical release in order to make it fit a three hour slot (including commercials). See more »

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Steel Cello Lament
Written & Performed by Elliot Goldenthal
Courtesy of Regency Enterprises
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