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Red Heat

Red Heat
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Walter Hill[1]
Produced by Walter Hill
Gordon Carroll
Mario Kassar
Andrew G. Vajna
Screenplay by Walter Hill
Harry Kleiner
Troy Kennedy Martin
Story by Walter Hill
Music by James Horner
Cinematography Matthew F. Leonetti
Edited by Donn Aron
Carmel Davies
Freeman A. Davies
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release dates
June 14, 1988 (premiere)
June 17, 1988
Running time
103 min
Country United States
Soviet Union
Language English
Budget $29 million[1]
Box office $34,994,648 USD (Domestic)
1,292,988 admissions (France)[2]

Red Heat is a 1988 American drug kingpin, Viktor Rostavili (Ed O'Ross), who also happens to be the killer of Danko's previous partner back in Soviet Russia.

The film was released with the tagline "Moscow's toughest detective. Chicago's craziest cop. There's only one thing more dangerous than making them mad: making them partners." It was the first American film given permission to shoot in Moscow's Red Square - however, most of the scenes set in the USSR (with the exceptions of the establishing shots under the main titles and the final lengthy shot in Red Square behind the end credits) were actually shot in Hungary. Schwarzenegger was paid a salary of $8 million for his role in the film.[3] It has found a cult audience amongst fluent Russian speakers because of the movie's weak portrayal of the Russian language and stereotypes.


  • Synopsis 1
  • Cast 2
  • Production 3
  • Reception 4
    • Box office 4.1
  • Home media 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Captain Ivan Danko of the Soviet Union and comes to the USA, after gunning down several other Moscow cops, including Danko's partner.


Danko and Ridzik pursue Viktor and his henchmen around Chicago. Finally, Danko and Viktor commandeer a couple of Greyhound buses, then engage in a high-speed chase, smashing up half of Chicago in the process, with no sign of the cops...until Viktor is side-slammed by a train. He takes on Danko in a running, Texas-style shootout (Danko uses a Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum given to him by Ridzik); Viktor is gunned down. Danko returns to Moscow after exchanging wristwatches with Ridzik as an act of goodwill.



Walter Hill says he conceived of the idea for Red Heat because he and Arnold Schwarzenegger had long wanted to work together:

I didn't want to do sci-fi and it's tough to use Arnold credibly in an American context with his accent. I thought it would be interesting if he could play a Russian cop in the US. I wanted to do a traditional John Wayne/Clint Eastwood larger-than-life movie. You then ask the question: Will the American audience accept an unapologetic Soviet hero, someone who will not defect at the end of the movie?[4]

Hill says he deliberately chose to tone down the Schwarzenegger persona, making him more realistic and less prone to wisecracks. Hill:

I had confidence in him as an actor. I didn't want him just to throw a Volkswagen over a building. Arnold has an ability to communicate that cuts through cultures and countries. They just love to see this guy win. But everyone thinks it's his muscles. It's not that at all: it's his face, his eyes. He has a face that's a throwback to a warrior from the Middle Ages, or ancient Greece.[4]

The music score was done by James Horner. "I told James I wanted something like you're in the Olympics and you've just won a gold medal," said Hill. "I wanted something heroic."[5]

Hill says he wanted to use buses rather than cars in the climactic action scene because it would be more interesting. "Also, I thought it was very appropriate for Arnold. He doesn't fit well in cars."[5]

He described the film as "in an odd way it's a traditional love story between these two guys.[5]


The movie received a mixed to positive response from critics.[6][7] Red Heat currently holds a 64% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 22 reviews.

Box office

The movie was a box office success,[8][9] but was far outpaced by Schwarzenegger's other comedy film in 1988, Twins.

Home media

The film was a success on home rentals.[10]

Media Type
Release date
Region Code
Subtitles Notes
1 January 1990 United Kingdom Cinema
PAL N/A Unknown 480i
Stereo No Part of Double Pack Conan the Destroyer/Red Heat. [11]
9 June 1998 United Kingdom Cinema
PAL N/A Unknown 480i
Stereo No Part of Triple Pack Gunmen / Wanted Dead Or Alive / Red Heat . [12]
1 October 1999 United Kingdom Cinema
PAL N/A Unknown 480i
Stereo No N/A [13]
20 May 2002 United Kingdom Momentum PAL 2 16:9 480p
Dolby Digital 5.1
English Additional Audio Options German:Surround Sound and Spanish:Mono [14]
10 October 2005 United Kingdom Momentum PAL 2 16:9 480p
Dolby Digital 5.1
English Part of Quadruple Pack Total Recall, Red Heat, Raw Deal and Red Sonja. [15]
4 August 2008 United Kingdom Optimum
Home Releasing
PAL 2 16:9 480p
Dolby Digital 5.1
English N/A [16]
28 June 2010 United Kingdom Optimum
Home Releasing
PAL A/B/C 16:9 1080p
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English N/A [17]
25 October 2010 United Kingdom Optimum
Home Releasing
PAL A/B/C 16:9 1080p
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English Part of Quadruple Pack Total Recall, Red Heat, Raw Deal and Red Sonja. [18]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Glasnost Pumped Iron Into 'Red Heat' Role For Schwarzenegger Very Different Stars In Films With Vast Cultural Differences". Morning Call. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  2. ^ Box office figures for Walter Hill films in France at Box Office Story
  3. ^ Harmetz, Aljean (July 25, 1988). "Big Hollywood Salaries a Magnet for the Stars (And the Public)".  
  4. ^ a b Director Hill puts extra dimension in Hollywood themes Thompson, Anne. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current file) [Chicago, Ill] 17 June 1988: GL.
  5. ^ a b c Action man with an eye for character Dwyer, Michael. The Irish Times (1921-Current File) [Dublin, Ireland] 13 Jan 1989: 14.
  6. ^ "Red Heat". Washington Post. 17 June 1988. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  7. ^ "Red Heat". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  8. ^ Mathews, Jack (21 June 1988). "WEEKEND BOX OFFICE `Heat,' `Outdoors' Strong; `Big' Still Huge". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  9. ^ "`Heat` Wave At Box Office". Chicago Tribune. 24 June 1988. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  10. ^ Hunt, Dennis (19 January 1989). "Red Heat' Sets Rental Market on Fire". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  11. ^ "Conan the Destroyer/Red Heat [VHS] [1984]". Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Gunmen / Wanted Dead Or Alive / Red Heat [1992] [VHS]". Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Red Heat [VHS] [1989]". Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  14. ^ "Red Heat [DVD] [1989]". Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  15. ^ "Schwarzenegger -- Special Edition 4-Disc Box Set [DVD]". Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  16. ^ "Red Heat [DVD]". Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  17. ^ "Red Heat [Blu-ray]". Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  18. ^ "Schwarzenegger Collection (Total Recall/Red Heat/Raw Deal) [Blu-ray]". Retrieved 30 August 2011. 

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