Red Heat

Red Heat

Infobox Film
name = Red Heat

caption = "Red Heat" theatrical poster
director = Walter Hill
producer = Gordon Carroll
Walter Hill
writer = Walter Hill
Harry Kleiner
Troy Kennedy Martin
starring = Arnold Schwarzenegger
James Belushi
Peter Boyle
Ed O'Ross
Laurence Fishburne
Gina Gershon
cinematography = Matthew F. Leonetti
editing = Donn Aron
Carmel Davies
Freeman A. Davies
music = James Horner
distributor = TriStar Pictures
released = June 17, 1988 (premiere)
September 15, 1989
runtime = 103 min
language = English
country = USA
amg_id = 1:40688
imdb_id = 0095963
awards =
budget =

"Red Heat" is a 1988 buddy cop film directed by Walter Hill. The film stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, as Moscow narc Ivan Danko; James Belushi, as Chicago detective Art Ridžić. Finding themselves on the same case, Danko and Ridžić work as partners to catch a cunning and deadly Soviet Georgian drug kingpin, Viktor Rostavili (Ed O'Ross)...who also happens to be the killer of Danko's previous partner back in Russia.

The movie 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 allowed to shoot in Moscow's Red Square. The French title of "Red Heat" is "Double Détente", a reference to the Soviet-American détente of the 1970s.


Russian Police Captain Ivan Danko sets a trap for Viktor Rostavili (Ed O'Ross), a Georgian drug dealer and crimelord. The ambush severely backfires; Viktor flees Russia and comes to the USA, after gunning down several other Moscow cops...including Danko's partner.

Loudmouthed Chicago PD Detective-Sergeant Art Ridžić (James Belushi) investigates several local murders committed by Viktor's cartel. Suddenly he finds himself partnered with Danko, who has chased Viktor here from Moscow with the intention of capturing the crime baron alive. Danko is frustrated when his lack of a diplomatic license prohibits him from carrying a weapon. He shares his candid observations with Ridžić: "This Chicago is very strange city. Your crime is organized, but your police is not."

Danko and Ridžić pursue Viktor and his henchmen around Chicago. Finally, Danko and Viktor commandeer a couple of Greyhound buses, then engage in a high-speed chase...until Viktor is side-slammed by a train. He takes on Danko in a running, Texas-style shootout (Danko uses a Ruger "Blackhawk" Magnum given to him by Ridžić); Viktor is gunned down. Danko returns to Moscow after exchanging wristwatches with Ridžić as an act of goodwill.


*Arnold Schwarzenegger - Capt. Ivan Danko
*James Belushi - Det. Sgt. Art Ridžić
*Peter Boyle - Cmdr. Lou Donnelly
*Ed O'Ross - Viktor Rostavili
*Laurence Fishburne - Lt. Charlie Stobbs
*Gina Gershon - Catherine "Cat" Manzetti
*Richard Bright - Det. Sgt. Gallagher
*J. W. Smith - Salim
*Brent Jennings - Abdul Elijah

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