What Do You Remember About the Movie, "Heat" (1995)?

By: J. Reinoehl
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About This Quiz

"Heat" was an epic crime film based on a true story with an all-star cast that was filmed on location in 65 different places around L. A. to bring realism to the big screen. How well do you remember "Heat"? Find out by taking this quiz.

What did the thieves steal from the armored car?

"It was a million six in bearer bonds. They ignored the loose cash."

In the beginning of the movie, why did Neil McCauley go to the hospital?

Neil McCauley was the name of a real-life convicted bank robber. The Chicago detective who finally tracked him down was Chuck Adamson.

How many minutes did the team of thieves have before the police arrived at the scene of the first crime?

“’Cause they had no time because they were on a clock. Which means they knew our response time to a 2-11, had our air, immobilized it, entered, escaped in under three minutes.”

What went wrong at the armored car robbery?

Instead of a typical crime story genre film, Mann wanted to show the home lives of everyone to make the characters drive the plot. In most crime stories, it is the chase scenes and detective work that get most of the attention.

To whom did the stolen bonds belong?

"Roger Van Zant. Owns banks in the Caymans, runs investment portfolios for offshore drug money, stuff like that."

When Hanna met Albert and his brother, Richard, at the club, what did Richard ask him to do in return for the information he gave?

Rapper Tone Lōc (Anthony Terrell Smith) has been in several films, including playing Richard in "Heat." He is also known for his songs “Funky Cold Medina” and “Wild Thing,” which reached #3 and #2 on the U. S. charts.

What addiction did Chris have?

“Not enough steaks in the freezer… Vegas and the Super Bowl cleaned me out.”

Who played Vincent Hanna?

Al Pacino (born April 25, 1940) was nominated for eight Academy Awards (winning one for "Scent of a Woman"). He is one of only a handful of actors to have received the “Acting Triple Crown” (an Oscar, a Tony, and an Emmy).

What did Eady do for a living?

"Sure, I get a discount, and there’s a whole section of books in my area… Graphic design."

Which police officer stayed in Las Vegas and arranged for Charlene to come there?

Charlie Adamson retired from law enforcement and began writing scripts that were based on some of the real-life crimes he witnessed. He and Mann became friends, and he told Mann about his work on the case with the real Neil McCauley. Adamson never wrote the story but allowed Mann to do it.

Hanna was about to leave the club when Richard said what to interest him?

"You said, ‘Slick.’ What does that mean?"

What did Neil tell Eady he did for a living?

Mann initially envisioned Amy Brenneman as Chris’s wife. Brenneman, however, did not want to be in a movie with “men and guns,” and when she voiced her opinion to Mann, he realized Eady was the perfect part for her.

Finish the quote, "What am I doing? I’m talking to an empty telephone."

"What am I doing? I’m talking to an empty telephone… Because there is a dead man on the other line."

When Donald Breedan got a job on parole, how much of his paycheck was he told he had to give back to his employer?

At least two robberies are said to be copycats from the movie, "Heat": One occurred in Cali, Columbia when robbers methodically rammed a bus into an armored car and stole $350,000 in cash similar to the heist that begins the movie and one was in North Hollywood when a Bank of America was robbed and ended in a shootout that killed both burglars.

What did Justine Hanna complain about when it came to her marriage with Vincent Hanna?

"That’s sharing. This is not sharing; this is leftovers."

Who played Neil?

Robert Anthony De Niro (born August 17, 1943) has a long list of amazing films under his belt, including "Raging Bull," "The Deer Hunter," "Cape Fear," and The Godfather. He refuses to give interviews because he feels after giving them, he has to spend all his time explaining what he was really trying to say.

In which country did Neil want Eady to meet him?

"Eady, take off with me for a while." “Where?” “New Zealand.”

The thieves met in a refinery and the cops listened in, but why didn’t the cops find out what they were hitting next from the incident?

At the time of the Hollywood copycat incident, the burglars had specialized full body armor reinforced with metal plates and AK-47s with armor piercing rounds. The police only had pistols and one shotgun. The burglars could have escaped but chose to attack the police to live out their movie fantasy in what became a 45-minute shootout, but in the end when over 3,000 rounds had been fired, only the two burglars died.

Why didn’t the cops arrest any of the thieves at the second job?

"On what? What are you going to take them on? Breaking and entering? They didn’t steal anything, yet."

During the second job, when Hanna was waiting for the criminal crew to finish, what alerted Neil to the police presence?

In real life, Detective Adamson was staking out a department store and Neil’s crew entered. However, the crew sensed something wrong and sat there for five minutes listening. Despite the fact Adamson had told his men if they needed to use the restroom they were to just wet their pants, one of the men walked to the restroom and alerted the burglars not only to their presence, but also to the fact someone was on to them.

Why did Vincent pull Neil over on the freeway?

"How ya doing? What do you say I buy you a cup of coffee?"

Who was the only thief in the regular crew the cops had trouble tailing and getting information about?

The restaurant scene was the first time the two actors had appeared together on screen. To maintain unfamiliarity, De Niro insisted they not rehearse it, which initially bothered Pacino. However, Pacino eventually realized it was better that way in the end.

Finish the quote, "A guy told me one time, ‘Don’t let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in _____________."

"A guy told me one time, ‘Don’t get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner.’ Now if you’re on me an you gotta move when I move, how do you expect to keep a rel—a marriage?”

Why couldn’t Trejo drive for the bank job?

Danny Trejo's (born May 16, 1944) life has been almost a male version of the Cinderella story. As a youth, he was involved in gangs and served hard time in San Quentin Prison. There he became involved in a twelve-step program and became a Christian, which led him to working with troubled youth when he got out. It wasn’t long before he found himself in the middle of a successful acting career in films that include "ConAir," "Spy Kids," and "Machete."

What did Neil say his reoccurring dream was about?

“I have one where I’m drowning, and I got to wake myself up and start breathing or I’ll die in my sleep.”

Who replaced Trejo for the bank job?

The shootout scene at the bank was filmed over six weekends. Soldiers from the British Special Air Service (SAS) trained the actors on the sheriff’s shooting ranges. At one point, the footage was used at Fort Bragg to train Special Forces because the actors did such a good job.

With whom did Neil trade shirts with after the bank job?

"My -- look, my daughter gave it to me for Father’s Day." "I don’t [care] who gave it to you. Take it off."

Who was shot AND didn’t die when leaving the bank job?

Val Kilmer (born December 31, 1959) played Chris in the movie. Known for his roles in "Top Gun," "Willow," "The Doors," and "Tombstone," Kilmer has Swedish ancestry.

Who ratted on the thieves about the bank job?

"Who wasn’t there? Trejo."

Who killed Trejo?

The movie blood that pooled around Trejo in the film left a real stain on the floor of the home. However, it never turned brown like real blood but instead remained bright red.

Finish the quote, “You know… you can lounge around here on her sofa in her ex-husband’s dead-teach, post-modernistic… house if you want to. But you do not get to ______________?”

“You know… you can lounge around here on her sofa in her ex-husband’s dead-teach, post-modernistic… house if you want to, but you do not get to watch my… television set!”

What did Neil do immediately after visiting Trejo’s home near the end of the movie?

Jon Voight played Nate (who was based on real-life criminal-turned-actor, Edward Bunker), but he never had any scenes with Al Pacino. In fact, Voight, to date, has never done a single movie scene with Pacino, although he once told Maxim he would like to do just that.

What was the name of the guy with whom Justine was cheating on Hanna?

“I’m angry. I’m very angry, Ralph.”

What signal did Chris’ wife make that warned him not to stop to see her?

Chris’ character was based on Miklos Polesti (aka Chris Panteas), who was a real member of Neil’s team. In the final shootout, which took place at an Illinois supermarket in real life, Polesti is the only member who survived and went to prison. The irony of the movie is that Chris survives by following Neil’s 30-second rule, and Neil dies by not following it.

Who did Hanna use as bait to try to trap Neil?

"Deploy a team down at the hotel and personally check their coms every 30 minutes because maybe Neil will go for him. OK? How ya feeling?"

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