on December 15, 1995 by Pat Kramer
   In this riveting, suspenseful action/ drama, two of today's best actors, Oscar winners Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, face off in a plot that's fast-paced and exciting despite a nearly three-hour length.
   De Niro plays the ringleader of a supergroup of thieves who pull strategically planned, high-stakes robberies in L.A. His righthand man (Val Kilmer) is an explosives expert, anxious to make the score in the hope of saving his marriage to a disgruntled wife ("Smoke's" Ashley Judd). When the thieves kill armored-car guards during a robbery, detective Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) arrives in search of the culprits. An intense man whose personal life is falling apart around him, Hanna lives and breathes for his work.
   "Heat" is De Niro and Pacino's first film together since 1974's "The Godfather, Part II." Both men are in top form as "men of the night."    Starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer. Directed and written by Michael Mann. Produced by Michael Mann and Art Linson. A Warner Bros. release. Action/drama. Rated R for violence and language. Running time: 172 min.
Tags: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Michael Mann, Art Linson, Warner Bros, Action/drama, robbery, violence, thieves

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