You know a movie is a true ESM classic when the video game series Grand Theft Auto duplicates the bank robbery scene in one of its games.
From beginning to end, Heat delivers pulse-pounding excitement and constantly builds the on-par rivalry between Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Who cares if Val Kilmer has a horrible haircut when he is shooting a semi-automatic weapon at LAPD in the middle of downtown Los Angeles?
Of course, even though this was one of the best movies, ever we here at ESM do not condone robbing banks or doing any other illicit activity. According to Wikipedia, “The explicit nature of several of the scenes in Heat was cited as the model of a spate of robberies since its release. This included armored car robberies in South Africa, Colombia, and Denmark and a bank robbery (The North Hollywood Shootout) in North Hollywood, California.”
In any case, Heat is one of those movies you have to own for yourself. You may even want to use some of the lines in the movie throughout your daily life, like:
The next time you have a showdown with your boss
Vincent Hanna: You know, we are sitting here, you and I, like a couple of regular fellas. You do what you do, and I do what I gotta do. And now that we’ve been face to face, if I’m there and I gotta put you away, I won’t like it. But I tell you, if it’s between you and some poor bastard whose wife you’re gonna turn into a widow, brother, you are going down.
Neil McCauley: There is a flip side to that coin. What if you do got me boxed in and I gotta put you down? Cause no matter what, you will not get in my way. We’ve been face to face, yeah. But I will not hesitate. Not for a second.
The next time you pick someone up at the airport bar
Eady: You travel a lot?
Neil McCauley: Yeah.
Eady: Traveling makes you lonely?
Neil McCauley: I’m alone, I am not lonely.
The next time you want to mind f%#k someone on the phone
Van Zant: What are you doing?
Neil McCauley: What am I doing? I’m talking to an empty telephone.
Van Zant: I don’t understand.
Neil McCauley: ‘Cause there is a dead man on the other end of this fuckin’ line
Oh man, can’t wait to use those lines in real life sometime.
For more information about the movie, you can check out the Wikipedia entry online.