A young boy, Conan, becomes a slave after his parents are killed and tribe destroyed by a savage warlord and sorcerer, Thulsa Doom. When he grows up he becomes a fearless, invincible fighter. Set free, he plots revenge against Thulsa Doom.
James Earl Jones,
Max von Sydow
A mutually uneasy alliance is formed between the stern Captain Ivan Danko of the Moscow Police and his American equivalent, the Chicago Detective Art Ridzik when the latter captures Viktor Rostavili, a dangerous Georgian drug kingpin. With his partner murdered by Viktor's hands, Ivan lands in Chicago to extradite the crime lord back to Russia, however, when he manages to escape, a frenzied chase in the bustling downtown will begin. In the end, to bring down the ruthless criminal, are the two reluctant comrades who are worlds apart willing to put their differences aside?Written by
In the scene in the coffee shop after the shoot out in the hospital, Ridzik shows Danko the different kinds of police reports. The title on the report shown by the camera is: "Worthless Document Case Report/ Chicago Police." See more »
After getting shot in the hospital by the fake nurse, Danko and Ridzik are talking while Ridzik is lying on a stretcher. Ridzik asks Danko if they have a shithouse in Russia, and Danko answers, "Yes," without moving his lips. See more »
In the opening credits certain letters are reversed so as to imitate Russian Cyrillic script. In particular, "Rs" and "Ns" are reversed. See more »
German theatrical version was edited for violence to secure a "Not under 16" rating. Rental VHS (Starlight) was also edited for violence. Retail VHS (Starlight, EuroVideo) included all the violence but missed 9 minutes of dialogue (oddly both versions were rated "Not under 16"). In 1997 the film was re-released by Astro, this time in its uncut form with a "Not under 18" rating (it was advertised as being a "Director's Cut"). DVD (Kinowelt) is also uncut. See more »
My Take: An amusing cop-buddy action movie with good laughs, fine action.
Cop-buddy action films are an old ball-and-chain, but they all rely on how they are delivered. In basis of delivery, Walter Hill's RED HEAT is an enjoyable piece of entertainment. Absurd, violent, over-the-top and downright entertaining, this is a fun (and funny) thriller playing the old cop-buddy formula so good, the film is very fun even if it's been used before, whether good (LETHAL WEAPON) or bad (THE PRESIDIO). RED HEAT stands out as one of the good ones.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is hilarious as he wears a furry hat as a soviet police officer sent to America to track down a Russian drug lord (Ed O'Ross), who is also responsible for the death of his partner. He is then partnered to a wacky Chicago cop named Art Ridzik (Jim Belushi) in search of the drug tycoon and his thugs in Chicago. Although dark and violent, director Hill manages to inject as much humor as possible. Schwarzenegger is a weak actor, but he's funny in this film. Belushi is a hoot as the crazy police partner.
The action is impressive, from car chases, fast-paced shootouts and even trains crashing on buses. But it's the humor that really gets to you more here, and there's a lot. Since buddy-cop movies are pretty common 80's attraction, this one is delivered with style and a whole lot of wit.
Rating: *** out of 5.
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