With The Irishman debuting on Netflix, now seems like the perfect time to look back on Robert De Niro and Al Pacino's first time sharing the screen together. Heat is considered to be one of the greatest crime films of all time. The Michael Mann film brilliantly and epically details the lives of those on opposite sides of the law who are put on a collision course with each other. It also boasts one of the most impressive casts ever assembled with Pacino and De Niro leading the film.
Along with some thrilling action sequences and tense moments, the film is filled with great dialogue and memorable lines. Take a look back at the amazing film with the best quotes from Heat.
10 "You Do Not Get To Watch My F**king Television!"
Heat is a very serious film with most of its characters living cold and unhappy lives. However, there are moments of fun humor throughout the film, most of them coming from Pacino as the unhinged yet professional detective Vincent Hanna.
While Vincent is focused on taking down this latest gang of robbers, his marriage begins falling apart. This leads to an uncomfortable confrontation when he comes home to find his wife with another man. Vincent confronts the confused man as he sits on the couch and tells him he doesn't mind if he sleeps with his wife, but watching his television is where he draws the line.
9 "I Had To Get It On"
Early in the film, we are introduced to Neil McCauley's crew of professional thieves. While the crew is highly professional and effective, one new member, Waingro, is a liability. During an armor car robbery, Waingro loses his cool and executes a guard, leading to two more deaths.
As the team meets afterward, Waingro clearly knows the others are not happy with him. He lies and says the guard was making a move and says, "I had to get it on." Neil promptly gives him a beating immediately taking away any sense that Wanegro was a tough guy.
8 "We Just Got Made"
The cat-and-mouse game between Neil and Vincent is one of the more thrilling aspects of the movie. Both these men and their respective teams are highly skilled at their jobs which makes them formidable adversaries.
Vincent and his team track Neil and his crew to a location and overhear them discussing an upcoming job. Afterward, Vincent and the cops go over the area, trying to understand what the target is. Suddenly, Vincent realizes that they were the targets and Neil is now watching them. He begrudgingly gives admiration to his enemy and admits, "We just got made."
7 "Drop Of A Hat These Guys Will Rock And Roll"
Vincent is appalled by the violence criminals like Neil are capable of, but he does seem to hold some level of respect for the professionalism at work. He is used to chasing foolish criminals so he is surprised to find some thieves that know what they are doing.
While going through the armored car crime scene, he explains that they are not killing for the sake of it, but rather because they are efficient. When the situation escalated, they didn't hesitate to kill the guards to leave no witnesses. He understands the level of criminals he's now dealing with.
6 "Told You I'm Never Going Back"
The entire movie feels like it is leading up to the inevitable showdown between Vincent and Neil. The epic feel of that moment is even more effective not only because it is Pacino and De Niro, but also because these two men have such respect for each other.
The climax of the film finds Vincent pursuing Neil at the airport. Despite any respect they might have for each other, they are not hesitating to kill one another at this moment. After Vincent guns Neil down, they are able to share a final moment, acknowledging that respect they share.
5 "Cause She's Got A Great A**"
Pacino has always been a fascinating performer and his role as Vincent Hanna brings a lot of energy to the film. While De Niro plays the more reserved criminal, Vincent is unhinged, wild and unpredictable. Pacino seems to be having a great time with the role.
In a particularly memorable scene, Vincent confronts a man (Hank Azaria) who is having an affair with a woman involved in Neil's gang. As the man laments why he got mixed up with her, Vincent screams "Cause she's got a great a**!" Azaria's stunned reaction to the over-the-top moment was apparently unscripted.
4 "Gimme All You Got!"
In recent years, Pacino admitted that he performed his character as being a cocaine user. That really does explain a lot about the performance at times. Though the wild aspects of the character are never distracting, it does spice up certain scenes.
In one scene, Vincent is confronting one of his informants who has been neglecting his duties. Pacino is completely unleashed in this scene, yelling his lines with mad man energy. Once again, his co-stars in the scene seem utterly shocked by the outbursts which makes it all the more hilarious.
3 "What'd Ya Say I Buy You A Cup Of Coffee?"
This simple line kicks off one of the most memorable movie scenes in history. After pursuing each other for much of the movie, Vincent tracks Neil down in his car. Both men have their guns at the ready but then Vincent suggests they get a cup of coffee together.
Seeing these two acting legends sharing a scene is thrilling enough, but they really bring the A-game to this moment. The men get candid about their lives, nightmares, and codes. Most amazingly, Michael Mann has said this was based on a real moment between a cop and a criminal he was pursuing.
2 "Brother, You Are Going Down"
The café scene between Vincent and Neil is played out with a surprising amount of civility. However, in the end, the two men have to acknowledge the inevitable ending to this path they are on.
Vincent explains that while he might have respect for Neil, if it's between killing him to save some innocent lives, he has no choice, saying "Brother, you are going down." But Neil explains there is another side to that coin. If Vincent comes between Neil and his freedom, he won't hesitate to kill him, even after their pleasant face-to-face.
1 "If You Feel The Heat Around The Corner"
Though both Neil and Vincent find themselves on opposite sides of the law, the movie makes it clear that they are not too different from one another. The two men seem to understand that kinship immediately and it is Neil's codes for how to survive in this life that both men seem to live by.
The words Neil lives by are "Don't let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner." Both men live distant and lonely lives because of the paths they've chosen. It's unclear if they can or want to change that.