"Heat" is the first time Al Pacino and Robert De Niro appeared together ...
"Heat" is the first time Al Pacino and Robert De Niro appeared together onscreen. Although both actors had already starred in "The Godfather II" 21 years earlier, they had not appeared in any scenes together. The central conflict of the film was based on the experiences of former Chicago police officer Chuck Adamson and his pursuit of a criminal named McCauley in the 1960s, from which the name of De Niro's character, Neil McCauley, was derived. Neil McCauley is a thief who specializes in big, risky jobs, such as banks and armored cars. He's very good at what he does; he's bright, methodical, and has honed his skills as a thief at the expense of his personal life, vowing never to get involved in a relationship from which he couldn't walk away in 30 seconds. Vincent Hanna is an L.A.P.D. detective determined to catch McCauley, but while McCauley's personal code has forced him to do without a wife and children, Hanna's dedication has made a wreck of the home he's tried to have; he's been divorced twice, he's all but a stranger to his third wife, and he has no idea how to reach out to his troubled step-daughter. While McCauley has enough money to retire and is planning to move to New Zealand, he loves the thrill of robbery as much as the profit, and is blocking out plans for one more job; meanwhile, he's met a woman, Eady, whom he's not so sure he can walk away from. "Heat" was nominated for Saturn Award for Best Action and Adventure Film and Best Supporting Actor (Val Kilmer) in 1996, and Young Star Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama Film (Natalie Portman) in 1997. The film is rated R for violence and language. With a production budget of US$ 60 millions, the film's gross worldwide box office revenues amounted to US$ 187 millions.