Wednesday, February 8, 2012
If This Wasn't Streaming On Netflix, Would Anyone Remember It Existed? Vol. 5: HEAT (1987)
(US - 1987)
Directed by R.M. Richards (Dick Richards, Jerry Jameson, Robert Altman). Written by William Goldman. Cast: Burt Reynolds, Karen Young, Peter MacNicol, Neill Barry, Howard Hesseman, Diana Scarwid. (R, 102 mins)
This review was originally published in a slightly different form on the Mobius Home Video Forum in April 2011
It was announced today that Brian De Palma was teaming up with star Jason Statham for a remake of this until-now forgotten Burt Reynolds vehicle that had a very troubled production, going through three directors, one of whom had an on-set altercation with the star. The film, scripted by Oscar winner William Goldman (BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN) was started by Robert Altman, who left after a day of shooting. He was replaced by TOOTSIE producer Dick Richards, who helmed most of the film (and got his ass kicked by Burt), then veteran TV director Jerry Jameson was brought in to finish it. Richards gets sole credit, under the name "R.M. Richards." To date, he has not directed or produced another film.