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Red Heat (1988)

Arnold Schwarzenegger , James Belushi , Walter Hill  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Belushi, Peter Boyle, Ed O'Ross, Laurence Fishburne
  • Directors: Walter Hill
  • Writers: Walter Hill, Harry Kleiner, Troy Kennedy-Martin
  • Producers: Andrew G. Vajna, Gordon Carroll, Mae Woods, Mario Kassar
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: August 27, 1997
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0784010226
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,496 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Red Heat" on IMDb

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After scoring a hit with the Eddie Murphy-Nick Nolte cop thriller 48 Hours, director Walter Hill returned to the buddy formula with this half-ridiculous, half-invigorating action flick about humorless Russian cop Ivan Danko (Arnold Schwarzenegger). He follows a drug dealer from Moscow to Chicago, where he's matched up with city cop Art Ridzik (James Belushi), whose work ethic is considerably more relaxed. Most of the humor revolves around Danko's grumpy reaction to good ol' American capitalism, while Ridzik urges him to chill out. Red Heat is not bad as action comedies go, but only if you get into the absurd spirit of this predictable fare, in which the unlikely buddies get to wisecrack and act casually while mayhem erupts everywhere they go. Incidentally, Red Heat was the first American film allowed to shoot in Moscow's Red Square. --Jeff Shannon

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mayhem and Carnage and Arnold! April 11, 2000
Format:DVD
Arnold Schwartzenegger in the role of humorless, ultra-disciplined Soviet police-captain Vanya Danko, teamed with Chicago PD screw-up Art Ritsek (Jim Belushi), to track a Georgean drug kingpin... this is one of Arnold's greatest, but least-appreciated, action-films. The best scenes take place in Russia, in the banya (public bath), over the rooftops around Red Square, in the mafiya cafe. Arnold's Russian, spoken with his Austrian accent, is pretty terrific! What impressed me was the film's close attention to detail: Even Danko's handwriting and numbers were authentically Russian-style. The machismo of the personal battle between Ivan Danko and the smuggler was intensely Russian, as was Danko's unswerving conviction of Soviet superiority. His terse correction of the hotel clerk's question "Is [Viktor] another Russian, like you?" Danko: "Soviet.", is right-on -- Georgeans are not Russians, although many Americans don't know that. The scripting of a Georgean as the loathesome criminal is actually quite revealing, and surely a reflection of the film's "official" Russian input . Despite the grimness of the plot and Arnold's character, there is plenty of dark humor, mainly provided by Belushi's portrayal of undisciplined officer Ritsek. The humor frequently contrasts the strictly indoctrinated Soviet structure with the (to Danko) near-anarchy of American freedom. Much of the mayhem and carnage wrought during the process of Danko's personal war defies credibility; as Ritsek puts it: "Why aren't there any cops around when you need one!" The action genre's obligatory high-speed chase scene was ludicrous, yet appropriately Russian (everything Russian always seems so much "bigger"...). Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hillarious and Action Pacted January 23, 2001
By Blaine
Format:VHS Tape
Schwarzenegger and James Belushi make a great team in this crazed action film. Schwarzenegger plays the serious Captain Ivan Danko, a Russian detective. Opposite him, James Belushi, is the comical cop, Art Ridzik, always good for a laugh. Who could guess what would happen when these two got stuck together?
On the downside of the film the beggining is all Russian. You'll be forced to read English subtitles not able to enjoy any of the visuals, until around ten to twenty minutes into the film. Unless of course you speak Russian.
The final word. If you're looking for something to do on a boring afternoon, I recommend sitting back and enjoying Red Heat.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as 1st release January 7, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Don't bother wasting your money if you think you are upgrading like I did. The earlier ARTISAN release is still much better than this special edition. The image is better and ALSO the sound. I don't know what Lions gate thought they were doing, but remastered? no. I compared both several times before writing this even though I only had to compare once. Might as well wait for a HD DVD to come out, this is a waste unless you want the additional features.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Our Governator in Blu - awesome price November 8, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
Cannot beat this deal for a fun 1980s film in BD that actually came across as good as can be without Lionsgate dumping too much money into it.

The clarity gave a decent showing - even with the amount of skin tones being shown by our fearless leader in that beginning Russian spa scene. The color was vivid, maybe too much so once they hit the snow with the flesh tones and fake injuries contrasting against the white. But the credit (pink colors) looked clear with no grain at all, and admittedly that DNR thingy (or whatever they call the removal process for some of these upgrades) did not blur/fuzz things at all. The Chicago street scenes looked good and the background signs are actually readable now. The DTS is mostly channeled to the front three, but they managed to add some decent bass here and there.

The supplements are from the 2004 edition in low def, but it is always nice to see that stunt man memorial featurette, recommend that if you pick only one to watch. The included TV spots and such are always nice for a before and after comparison on quality. For what they put into this, and the price being offered I feel you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars America: Through a Glass Darkly October 10, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
In RED HEAT, Director Walter Hill presents a view of capitalist America that is grim, squalid, and leavened only by the willpower of its residents to retain a sense of humor. And it is only Chicago detective Ridzik (James Belushi) who can see anything funny beneath the grime and slime through which he must daily wade. Hill contrasts the physical seediness of Chicago with its political sludge counterpart of Moscow at alternating points in the film. Arnold Schwarzeneger is Captain Ivan Danko of the Moscow Militia, a man much feared by the Russian underworld. Danko has no problem with strolling alone into a Moscow mafia bar and arresting a wanted hooligan. By the time both men meet, their sharply contrasting personalities have been etched in the audience's mind. Ridzik is a rules-bending cop who is in as much trouble with his superiors as is his arrest suspects are with the law. Belushi plays Ridzik with the same wisecracking persona that has come to mark his essential screen identity. Arnold as Danko plays the Moscow cop as a cross between the saturnine Terminator and the energetic Conan. When Ridzik is questioning a suspect in a Chicago precinct house and is getting nowhere fast, Danko shows Ridzik how a Moscow cop convinces a suspect to talk freely with a savage wrist wrenching.

The interplay between Belushi and Schwarzenegger hits exactly the right note throughout. The fine contributions of a stellar supporting cast of Gina Gershon, Peter Boyle, Lawrence Fishburne, and Ed O'Ross all meld to serve as a backdrop against which Belushi and Schwarzenegger play out what is essentially a pre-glasnot international Cop Buddy movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Red Heat is good Arnold is always Arnold & Belushi is good as well too misfit from diff country working together
Published 23 hours ago by GORDON R CARTER
3.0 out of 5 stars golden days of Arnold
I remember this movie as a kid and it didn't disappoint. Not Oscar type movie, but is any Arnold movie really. Just plain 80's action movie.
Published 5 days ago by Rich Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars A good action film...
This film is a good example of an entertaining action film combining both action and humour, where the bad guys seem like they have come out of a Marvel comic. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Donblom
4.0 out of 5 stars a forgotten classic
Almost no one I know had seen this movie, which is tragic. Whoever decided to put Schwarzenegger and Belushi together in a buddy-cop action movie was a genius. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dujek
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Heat
Because this is a terrific film with dear editing, direction, cinematography, and acting! This is definetly a film you can watch over and over again!
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Hoskinson
2.0 out of 5 stars Bleh...
Okay there is nothing particularly memorable about this film other than the homo-erotic opening. <==== "snickers"

Arnold is wooden but that is supposed to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ray Keeper Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars ARNOLD
This movie is one of the most racist and crappy movies I've ever wasted my money on. It's a must-see if you love action and hate talented actors, and if you don't mind when black... Read more
Published 2 months ago by USMC Whiskey
4.0 out of 5 stars A Film With A Moral
Who'd have thought that a film with Arnold Schwarzenegger in it could have a moral that we could adopt in real life. This one does for sure. Furthermore, I actually enjoyed Mr. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Philip Scholz
3.0 out of 5 stars Red Heat Rocks
Arnold Schwarzenegger (TERMINATOR 2) is Capt. Ivan Danko, a by-the-book Russian detective who partners with a fearless but undisciplined American cop (Jim Belushi) to track down... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Taheen Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed as an 80's action movie fan
fun action movie, I am a big Schwarzenegger fan and 80's action movie fan. It was an interesting varation of the cop buddy movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Matthew E. Calcaagni
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