Red Heat (1988)

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A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country.


  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Jim Belushi
  • Peter Boyle
  • Ed O'Ross
  • Laurence Fishburne
  • Gina Gershon
  • Richard Bright
  • J.W. Smith
  • Brent Jennings
  • Gretchen Palmer

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The film is punctuated by violence, a great deal of violence, although most of it is exaggerated comic-book style instead of being truly gruesome. Walking that fine line is a speciality of Hill, who once simulated the sound of a fist on a chin by making tape recordings of Ping-Pong paddles slapping leather sofas.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Red Heat is a topically entertaining variation on the sort of action-adventure nonsense that plays best on television. Mr. Hill's touch is heavy when he takes himself seriously. However, he has a real gift for instantly disposable fantasy.

Metacritic review by Vincent Canby
Vincent Canby
The New York Times