FILE - In this Dec. 6, 1995 file photo, actors Robert De Niro, left, and Al Pacino, right, and film director Michael Mann appear at the world premiere of their film "Heat" at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif. Mann’s 1995 opus of driven men and the women who suffer their obsessions comes out on Blu-ray on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rhonda Birndorf, File)
Heat is a 1995 American crime film written, produced and directed by Michael Mann, and starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Val Kilmer. It is a remake of Mann's 1989 TV movie L.A. Takedown. De Niro plays Neil McCauley, a professional thief, while Pacino plays Lt. Vincent Hanna, a LAPD robbery-homicide detective tracking down McCauley's crew. The story is based on the former Chicago police officer Chuck Adamson's pursuit during the 1960s of a criminal named McCauley, after whom De Niro's character is named. Heat was a commercial success, grossing $67 million in the United States and $187 million worldwide (about $295 million in 2017) against a $60 million budget. It was well received by critics. The film-critic aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports 86% positive reviews, calling the film "an engrossing crime drama that draws compelling performances from its stars and confirms Michael Mann's mastery of the genre."