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Cool Film: Heat

Add up the following: Pacino, De Niro, LA crime drama, gun battles and Michael Mann behind the camera. The result? A stupendous film called Heat.

If you discount The Godfather Part 2, (in which they never appeared on screen together) the Pacino/De Niro film alliance debut Heat was the perfect setting to pit these two acting titans against each other.

Shot against the back-drop of the sprawling LA landscape, and directed with skill and pace by the veteran Michael Mann, it pits a hardened career criminal (De Niro) against a street-smart cop (Pacino) in a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse.

As the story slowly unfolds over nearly three very short hours, the main characters begin to look less like foes and more like kindred spirits, operating on different sides of the law.

And while the quiet parts are filled with subtle meaning and plot evolution, it’s the action scenes that ultimately grab the headlines.

Choreographed by SAS veteran Andy McNabb, the authenticity (and noise) of the main shoot-out after a failed bank robbery is something to behold.

A timeless classic for men who like fine acting and direction in their action films.

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