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City Heat (1984)

A slick private eye and tough police lieutenant--once partners, now bitter enemies--reluctantly team up to investigate a murder.

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Richard Benjamin

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Blake Edwards (story) (as Sam O. Brown), Blake Edwards (as Sam O. Brown) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Lieutenant Speer
Burt Reynolds ... Mike Murphy
Jane Alexander ... Addy
Madeline Kahn ... Caroline Howley
Rip Torn ... Primo Pitt
Irene Cara ... Ginny Lee
Richard Roundtree ... Dehl Swift
Tony Lo Bianco ... Leon Coll
William Sanderson ... Lonnie Ash
Nicholas Worth ... Troy Roker
Robert Davi ... Nino
Jude Farese Jude Farese ... Dub Slack
John Hancock ... Fat Freddy
Jack Thibeau ... Garage Soldier
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Counterman Louie
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Storyline

Kansas City in the 1930s: private investigator Mike Murphy's partner is brutally murdered when he tries to blackmail a mobster with his secret accounting records. When a rival gang boss goes after the missing records, ex-policeman Murphy is forced to team up again with his ex-partner Lieutenant Speer, even though they can't stand each other, to fight both gangs before KC erupts in a mob war. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Take Clint the street-smart cop . . . take Burt the wise-guy private eye . . . and then take cover! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kansas City Jazz See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,301,694, 9 December 1984

Gross USA:

$38,348,988

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,348,988
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Website DVD Verdict' states that "According to Richard Schickel's book Clint Eastwood', [Blake] Edwards was originally signed to direct the film from his screenplay 'Kansas City Jazz'. Problems arose over Edwards' insistence on casting his wife Julie Andrews in one of the female leads. Reynolds and Andrews had not gotten along very well during the production of The Man Who Loved Women (1983), and of course, Reynolds had major reservations about a reprise of previous problems. Eastwood supported Reynolds, and to make the long story short, Edwards quit the production. Eastwood brought in Joseph Stinson to rewrite the script..." See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Spear gets into a shoot-out with the thug in the hallway and stairwell, he shoots the thug a total of eight times, all in the upper chest area. However, later when he and Murphy are examining the bodies in the morgue, there is an overhead shot of the same thug and he has no upper chest wounds of any kind. See more »

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Caroline Howley: [Speer and Murphy have just rescued her from kidnappers] Well, it's about time!
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Features Horse Feathers (1932) See more »

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City Heat
Written by Irene Cara and Bruce Roberts
Sung by Joe Williams
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"They wrote a song about you. 'Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?'"
30 June 2018 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

"City Heat" pairs two macho screen icons, Clint "Dirty Harry" Eastwood and Burt "The Bandit" Reynolds, in an average cops & gangsters saga set in 1933 Kansas City. Clint is ultra-straight police lieutenant Speer, Burt is wisecracking gumshoe Mike Murphy. They were friends when they were both on the force, but now they're often at odds with each other (exactly why there was a falling out, we never really learn). They must work together when Mikes' partner Dehl Swift (Richard "Shaft" Roundtree) buys a whole lot of trouble by getting mixed up with competing gangsters Primo Pitt (Rip Torn) and Leon Coll (Tony Lo Bianco), and a stolen set of ledgers.

There are some interesting behind-the-scenes stories that are, in truth, more amusing than the tale being spun in the movie. Apparently, this was originally going to be directed by Blake Edwards, but Clint gave him the boot, ultimately settling on actor-turned-filmmaker Richard Benjamin as a replacement, and brought on a number of his cohorts, including producer Fritz Manes and composer Lennie Niehaus. And Burt got hurt badly during the opening fight set piece; like a trouper, he finished the picture, but could never work for long, and unfortunately suffered some lasting effects from his injuries.

The stars are in fine form, as they banter back and forth. Burt definitely has the funnier role and makes the most of it; he's charming as usual. And they're wonderfully supported by Roundtree, songstress Irene Cara, Torn, Lo Bianco, and a typically amusing Madeline Kahn. Lots of familiar faces in small roles, too: William Sanderson, Nicholas Worth, Robert Davi, John Hancock, Jack Thibeau, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Art La Fleur, Jack Nance, Harry Caesar, Hamilton Camp, Arthur Malet, Beau Starr, Richard Foronjy, and Joan Shawlee. But it's a lot of acting talent wasted on what is really just a so-so script. It has some pretty funny humour, but is often played fairly straight, with a lot of gunfire and a few explosions along the way.

During the Christmas season of 1984, "Beverly Hills Cop" ended up kicking this movies' ass at the box office, and almost 34 years later, this movie still doesn't have a LOT to recommend it. But it's zippy enough, and reasonably well paced, with some decent period recreation and a nice jazzy score by Niehaus. Thanks to this cast, it certainly remains watchable.

Six out of 10.


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