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Red Heat

1988
Comedy, Suspense/Thriller
1h 44m
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a Russian policeman sent after a Russian drug dealer who has escaped to the United States and is awaiting extradition in Chicago (imdb)
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Red Heat

1988
Comedy, Suspense/Thriller
1h 44m
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Rated 30 May 2012
50
6th
Much worse than I remembered. The movie peaks at the beginning bathhouse scene where Ahnold fucks up some other nude Russians. Then, the film just bumbles along in a generic buddy cop style with ZERO one-liners to make the ride worthwhile. Surprisingly DULL.
Rated 21 Feb 2007
35
13th
Poor.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
28
28th
Schwarzenegger is about as Russian as I am Austrian (I apologize if any of my undead ancestors are Austrian), and Belushi is about as believable as a Chicago cop as...okay, he's actually pretty believable as a Chicago cop. But still.
Rated 27 Apr 2008
70
53rd
BELUSH.
Rated 16 Aug 2014
40
5th
I wasn't expecting a masterpiece, because Jim Belushi, but this was surprisingly bad. It's not funny, at all (sample joke: "How do you relax in Russia?" "Vodka."), the plot is so generic I just didn't care at all what was happening, and the action doesn't make up for it; it's really poorly staged and geographically very confusing. The (in theory awesome) bus chase at the end is just a mess. I wanted to come away from this saying it was OK except for Belushi, but it really wasn't.
Rated 25 Sep 2014
4
22nd
Red Heat is a below average Arnold Schwarzenegger film and it's one of his most underwhelming roles of the 80's. There are a handful of enjoyable moments but his chemistry with an unfunny James Belushi just doesn't work. And as buddy cop films go this is one of the most forgettable. It's by no means Walter Hill's finest work either. All in all it's just very average.
Rated 04 May 2016
7
44th
calm the fuck down, this wasn't all that bad. but do I have to see Arnold's ass in every one of his movies?
Rated 14 May 2016
50
51st
okay
Rated 08 Jul 2018
6
43rd
Surprisingly serious in tone, for the better-the odd couple buddy cop comedy (see Danko after the interrogation: "Soviet method is more economical") is merely sprinkled tastefully throughout what is an actually quite solid and well-paced crime thriller set in the gritty streets of Chicago. Nothing crazy (you know, aside from the climactic bus chase), just solid scenes of detective work and bad guy chases. And there's some subtle character development too (see the humorous final gift exchange).
Rated 30 Aug 2021
38
8th
The last time I saw this was probably over 30 years ago when seeing an R Rated Schwarzenegger movie as a teen was enough to impress me. Watching it for the first time since I was surprised at how poor this is. While marketed as Buddy Cop action film, there is no entertaining chemistry of any kind between the two leads. In fact Belushi adds nothing of consequence to the film and Red Heat probably would have worked better as a tighter straight up Arnie actioner if they cut Belushi entirely.
Rated 03 Mar 2007
0
3rd
God, this is so low-budget and the action pretty much sucks too. By far the weakest Schwarzenegger offering I've seen.
Rated 03 Jun 2007
52
23rd
Even Schwarzenegger had his "Lethal Weapon" teaming with James Belushi, and this is no "Lethal Weapon." It entertains, but it's all blah, though Arnold proves he should've played the russian Ivan Drago versus Stallone in "Rocky IV," how classic would that have been??
Rated 14 Aug 2007
54
27th
A Russian, come on, I know Arnold has an accent but him playing a Russian is as bad as Anthony Banderis playing an Arab (oh yeah, Hollywood did that too)
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
40th
Average 80's Arnie fare with tons of explosions and cornball one liners.
Rated 26 Aug 2007
45
46th
ok
Rated 30 Aug 2007
9
62nd
Really very good. Dated now, but still entertaining.
Rated 27 Oct 2007
63
17th
A very typical 80s buddy cop movie, and I find it hilarious that they tried to play off Arnold as a Russian and using his same exact Austrian accent. The opening and closing scenes are Arnoldtastic, so it's worth a watch for those alone, if not then for a who's who of character actors Ultimately, it's extremely forgettable though.
Rated 06 Dec 2007
75
50th
Arnold plays to his strengths, but Jim Belushi is not funny enough as the comic foil to him.
Rated 11 Jan 2008
56
28th
Not among Arnie's top films, but not one of his embarrassments either.
Rated 07 Apr 2008
30
2nd
Some of the brutal communist one-liners were quite funny. The drugs one, for instance.
Rated 27 Apr 2008
1
12th
My least favorite of Arnold's 80's tirade.
Rated 19 Sep 2008
30
35th
Den kolde krigs tilnærmelser via Hollywood.
Rated 26 Sep 2008
55
41st
Ahhh, Arnie... say "I'll be back" in russian!!!
Rated 04 Dec 2008
18
4th
This was not particularly impressive.
Rated 14 Aug 2009
10
4th
Beige room temperature.
Rated 19 Oct 2010
50
38th
I could watch Arnie not act, flex and destroy all day.
Rated 18 Nov 2010
48
48th
Arnold as a Russian cop? How could this go wrong? errr... well, I guess it wasn't as good as I was hoping.
Rated 01 May 2011
70
69th
i love 80s schwarzenegger, so i'm never going to rate this fairly. sue me.
Rated 23 Aug 2011
56
31st
Second viewing (4K) in 2021, I like it better. First rating was 46.
Rated 29 Jan 2012
22
17th
It's a mismatched-cop movie that pretty much follows the extremely worn out formula. Could have been good if they had focused more on developing Arnold's character and his Soviet background. Arnold's performance is really very good here. Unfortunately much of the screen time is wasted on boring stuff like Belushi and Gershon.
Rated 29 Apr 2012
57
28th
I thought the action was pretty decent and at least Arnold offered some camp value.
Rated 29 Aug 2012
60
21st
Good cast, good atmosphere, too bad the plot didn't make any sense at all.
Rated 11 Dec 2012
70
27th
screw you, this is funny as hell.
Rated 23 Jul 2013
88
36th
Haven't seen this one in many years. I'd say it's above average for an action comedy. Arnold does a nice job with the Russian accent and as ex-military and current police officer. Was hoping for funnier lines from Jim Belushi. Overall, a really enjoyable movie though.
Rated 02 Nov 2013
76
50th
Enjoyable actioner has not aged especially well, and has absurd political pretensions almost the equal of ROCKY IV, but fine chemistry between Schwarzenegger and Belushi, and a much better grade of supporting cast than this sort of movie usually gets, makes it a fun way to pass the time, with Boyle and 80s action mainstay Gershon providing some good moments.
Rated 01 Jun 2014
28
1st
In Bullet to the Head, I talked about the lack of chemistry and bad acting--with the surprise that Stallone wasn't the worse one. This film had similar problems--and, yes, Arnold, isn't the worst actor. That ignominious designation goes to Mr. Belushi.
Rated 16 Aug 2014
57
9th
The two leads do not have good chemistry together in this film. The script is bad but there are a few enjoyable moments in this movie. There are a lot better action and comedy films to watch besides this one.
Rated 15 Sep 2014
54
15th
Arnie and James together in a cop buddy flick, it's never going to be the best but it's worth watching.
Rated 27 May 2015
70
39th
70.000
Rated 11 Sep 2015
90
39th
A Moscow detective (Arnold Schwarzenegger) shows his local police escort (James Belushi) how to hunt a Soviet drug smuggler in Chicago.
Rated 01 Jun 2016
80
55th
(...)Während seiner ganzen Karriere gelang es Schwarzenegger, in harten Situationen diese Prise Humor zu finden. Genauso davon lebt sein Spiel! Was mir so gut gefiel als ich den Film damals im Kino sah, war die Tatsache, dass Schwarzenegger mitten im kalten Krieg einen menschlichen russischen Bullen spielt. Einen Sympathieträger.(...)
Rated 22 Sep 2016
60
12th
I was hoping for something more fun, but this is a surprisingly dour affair. The strange thing is that the script certainly has comedic lines, but they mostly fall flat and Arnold is way too stiff. There's no reason it should be as boring as it is.
Rated 25 Feb 2017
90
45th
Just a damn good and entertainingly funny adventure. Schwarzenegger is just an entertaining, interesting, and funny guy. So versatile, it's amazing. I pity those that don't know how to appreciate the genius he brings to the table.
Rated 07 Jul 2017
40
28th
I thought I had seen every Arnold movie in this decade, but this one slipped under the radar. I wonder if I would've liked it at that time.
Rated 04 Nov 2017
53
32nd
Red Heat is a standard 80's buddy cop film that is only distinguished by its Russian setting and Hill's craftsmanship, which makes it far more watchable than it should be. There is less anti-Soviet sentiment than expected--the Americans who take jabs are mostly idiots--but the decision to give Arnie a 'straight role' was a mistake--it only really worked in The Terminator--and the script is totally pedestrian. The action scenes are fine, but they aren't a patch on Hill's best work.
Rated 05 Jun 2020
20
17th
For some reason I didn't like this movie at all. Maybe a few funny parts in it.
Rated 25 Jan 2021
78
56th
-???????? ??????? ??????? ?????????(good news comrade colonel) -America -America, ??(yes) -chicago, gangster -tatatatatatata(machine gun sound) best quotes of the movie
Rated 04 Dec 2022
53
29th
Now, there's a haircut you could set your watch to.
Rated 13 Sep 2023
26
17th
Holy shit that opening sauna scene is amazing, sadly nothing else lives up to it. Between that and Drago it's hilarious to think that everyone in Reagan's America thought the Soviets were just constantly scowling while doing 300 kilo deadlifts in a loincloth.

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