Red Heat Movie Review

Red Heat

Moscow's toughest detective. Chicago's craziest cop.

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This was the first western film crew to be allowed to film in Moscow's Red Square. Many of the other Moscow scenes, as well as the "bath-house" scene were filmed in Hungary.

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Recently I got a copy of this movie, which I haven't seen in ages and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I still liked it. Red Heat isn't the best flick in the world but if you like Arnie and if you like action, you will enjoy this movie.

Basic story run down: Arnie is a detective from Russia sent over to the States in order to capture a drug dealer. He gets partnered up with John Belushi and the two must try to get along and bring down the bad guy. A standard premise, with the added twist of the culture clash, but it works especially if you enjoy buddy movies.

Now, what I liked about this movie. Well for one, Arnie.

I just couldn't seem to get enough of the guy back when I was younger. I just looked for action in movies but now, after rewatching them again, I can see why Arnie was so big in the 80's and early 90's. He brings so much screen presence even in a bad action movie like this one. John Belushi does a good job of your average gung-ho "I'm too old for this sh*t" cop and tries to make the best he can of the material.

Their buddy banter is alright and didn't bring anything new to the table but you can't expect much from a formula that has been done over and over again.

The action in the movie is decent. Nothing to write home about, but it will keep you entertained for a couple of hours as you're munching on some popcorn!

Explosions, fisty cuffs and gun fights make up the most of this movie's arsenal and are enjoyable to watch.

Lawrence Fishburne and Peter Boyle also make appearances in the movie but once again it's nothing memorable.

Overall this movie is something that you might want to pick up one of those boring Friday nights.

Grab some beer, some snacks and just enjoy...

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Not the best of Arnold's movies but also definitely not the worst. It's about on a par with "Raw Deal".

Lots of violence and action, 80's style, so you can't really go wrong here.

Well, it has Arnie in it so thatís a plus in itself.
The action in this movie is decent and the "teamwork" between Arnie and Belushi keep this movie going.
Not one of Arnie's best flicks. Very forgettable since when this movie came out, the genre has been beaten to a bloody pulp, so doesn't bring anything new to the table.

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Key Crew

Director: Walter Hill
Writer: Walter Hill, Harry Kleiner, Troy Kennedy-Martin
Producers: Gordon Carroll, Walter Hill, Mario Kassar, Andrew G. Vajna, Mae Woods
Locations Manager: Robert H. Lemer

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Release Date: 17 Jun 1988
MPAA Rating: R
Studio: Artisan
Production: Carolco Pictures, Lone Wolf Films, Oak Pictures
Genre: Action / Adventure

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