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Mchael Mann made the movie Heat as tribute to a detective friend of his in Chicago, who obsessively tracked and killed a thief (named Neil McCauley) he had once met under non-violent circumstances.

The pilot was shot in only nineteen days, atypical for Mann, he script was abridged down to almost a third of its original length, omitting many subplots that made it into Heat. The network was unhappy with Plank as the lead actor, and asked Mann to recast Hanna’s role.

Heat by Michael Mann


The heat

Michael Mann HEAT (1995)

In 1979, Mann wrote a 180-page draft of Heat. He re-wrote it after making Thief in 1981 hoping to find a director to make it and mentioning it publicly in a promotional interview for his 1983 film The Keep. In the late 1980s, he offered the film to his friend, film director Walter Hill, who turned him down.
Following the success of Miami Vice and Crime Story, Mann was to produce a new crime television show for NBC. He turned the script that would become Heat into a 90-minute pilot for a television series featuring the Los Angeles Police Department Robbery–Homicide division, featuring Scott Plank in the role of Hanna and Alex McArthur playing the character of Neil McCauley, renamed to Patrick McLaren.

In order to prepare the actors for the roles of McCauley’s crew, Mann took Kilmer, Sizemore, and De Niro to Folsom State Prison.

Heat is a 1995 crime drama by Michael Mann starring Al Pacino as Lieutenant Vincent Hanna, Robert De Niro as Neil McCauley, Val Kilmer as Chris Shiherlis, Wes Studi as Lieutenant Sammy Casals, Ted Levine as Detective Mike Bosko & Henry Rollins as Hugh Benny.

Michael Mann
Michael Mann




$ 60.000.000


Director: Michael Mann

  • Runtime 170 min
  • Length 4.789 m
  • Format 35 mm
  • Sound SDDS



$ 67.000.000

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