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Heat is a 1995 American crime drama directed by Michael Mann and marked the first onscreen pairing of legendary actors Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Pacino stars in the film as Vincent Hanna, a relentless lieutenant in the LAPD's Robbery Homicide Division who is determined to take down a high-end robbery crew led by master thief Neil McCauley (De Niro). Notable for its detailed depiction of the techniques used by both law enforcement and criminal elements, as well as exceptional and accurate gun handling, the film was first made as the 1989 television movie L.A. Takedown. Heat also was reported to have been viewed repeatedly by the "High Incident Bandits" robbery duo involved in the infamous North Hollywood shootout (as depicted in the film 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shootout).
The following weapons were used in the film Heat:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Colt M1991A1 Series 80 Officer's ACP
Lieutenant Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) carries an ivory-gripped Colt M1991A1 Series 80 Officer's ACP with a full-sized trigger and ring hammer as his sidearm. Hanna carries his pistol on his waist in a cross-draw holster. Hanna's choice of sidearm might also be a nod to his service with the Marine Corps.
The actual Colt Officer's ACP used by Al Pacino
during the film (image supplied by Yourprops.com) - .45 ACP
Lt. Hanna (Al Pacino
) picks up his Colt Officer's ACP on the table. Note the screwdriver indent in the spring cover, which was one of the "improvements" made to the Series 80 1911s.
Hanna's Colt in a cross-draw holster.
Hanna brass-checks his gun while he and Casals are heading up the elevator to apprehend Hugh Benny. This particular way of doing a brass check was also seen performed by James Caan
in Michael Mann's film Thief
Hanna is armed with the Colt Officer's ACP as he searches for McCauley at the airfield.
Hanna searches for McCauley.
Hanna scans his surroundings.
Heckler & Koch USP
Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) uses a Heckler & Koch USP as his sidearm in the early scenes of the film. It is first seen during the armored car robbery, when he carries it in a holster on his tactical vest (along with five spare magazines). Note the checkered back of the grip and the shape of the external thumb safety and slide release, all uncommon to a SIG-Sauer P220. It is usually not seen clearly during the film, but the shape of the slide can easily be discerned during the shootout at the drive-in theater (when McCauley fires the gun through the windshield of his sedan at the assassin with the Steyr TMP). McCauley then dumps his USP for the SIG-Sauer P220, most likely to get rid of the evidence, since it was used during the drive-in theater shootout.
NOTE: IMFDB previously identified this USP as the .45 ACP model. This is likely inaccurate, because the USP-45 was not around at the time that the movie was filmed (it was introduced in May 1995, nearly two years after the USP-9 and USP-40, while Heat was filmed mostly during 1994). The USP in the movie is most likely a 9x19mm model, since most pistols in Hollywood's prop houses were chambered in this caliber at the time. Further evidence of the pistol's caliber can be seen during the armored car robbery; the magazines visible on McCauley's vest are made out of polymer, consistent with the mags found only on full-size 9mm and .40-caliber USP magazines, whereas USP-45 magazines are metal and have ribbed sides.
Heckler & Koch USP - 9x19mm
Neil McCauley searches for Waingro at the truck stop with his H&K USP in hand after the meeting at the café.
McCauley lays his H&K USP on a table in his seaside house. Note the length of the grip, indicating it is NOT a USP-45.
McCauley fires his USP at Van Zant's assassin through the windshield of his sedan. As many know, gunfire inside a small place such as a car is deafeningly loud.
After dumping his H&K USP after the drive-in theater shootout, Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) replaces his USP with a SIG-Sauer P220 in .45 ACP as his sidearm for the rest of the film. In the script it is also mentioned that he holds a .45 caliber pistol.
A promotional still depicting Robert De Niro
holding the P220 during the showdown between McCauley and Hanna at the airport.
McCauley hides his SIG-Sauer P220 under his leg when Hanna pulls him over and approaches his car.
McCauley keeps his SIG-Sauer P220 tucked in his waistband during the bank heist.
McCauley holds his P220 on a dying man.
At the character's request, McCauley puts him out of his misery with his P220.
Before this shot, McCauley fires his P220 three times, after which it jams. After the change in angle, the gun is back in battery, however.
McCauley does a brass check on his P220 in an elevator. Quite dangerously, he puts his hand over the muzzle with his thumb inside the trigger guard when pushing the slide back. When he releases the slide, the sound of it closing is far too loud for such a short release.
McCauley executes his target with a double tap to the chest and a shot to the head (this is Michael Mann's trademark execution, also referred to as a Failure Drill; this M.O. also is used by Cheritto when he executes the third guard during the armored car robbery).
McCauley fires his P220 at Hanna in the airfield. This particular blank produced a long after-fire flame. Damp powder, perhaps?
McCauley searches for Hanna at the airfield.
McCauley hides when the landing lights turn on.
A nice close-up of McCauley's P220.
Waingro (Kevin Gage), the unstable newcomer to Neil McCauley's (Robert De Niro) crew, carries a blued Star Megastar during the armored car robbery. He uses this one to first pistol-whip and then execute the first guard (stuntman Rick Avery) by shooting him in the face at point-blank range. He also carries a nickel one when he answers the door at his hotel room.
Blued Star Megastar - .45 ACP
Waingro pistol-whips the first guard, unaware that he is deaf.
Waingro holds his gun on the guard.
Waingro executes the first guard with his Star Megastar by shooting him in the face at point-blank range. The shot is faked with a CGI muzzle flash (animated after the fact) due to the dangerous nature of the shot. Firing a real blank this close to the face of an actor would result in either serious injury or death. A tell tale sign is that the hammer of the pistol remains cocked.
Waingro executes the first guard.
Nickel Star Megastar - .45 ACP
Waingro answers the door while armed with a nickel Star Megastar.
Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer) is seen with a compact pistol in a holster next to him when McCauley walks in and sees him sleeping on the floor. He wakes up and then sticks the holstered gun in his pants. The closest gun it seems to resemble is a blued Beretta 85FS "Cheetah" compact pistol.
Shiherlis sleeps with his possible Beretta Cheetah nearby. That bruise on Val Kilmer's left elbow is the result of a stunt that went wrong while filming The Doors
Shiherlis gets up and stuffs his Beretta Cheetah in his pants.
The LAPD patrol officers responding to the bank robbery return fire on Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) and his crew with their standard issue Beretta 92FSs.
An LAPD patrolman opens fire with the Beretta, taking cover behind the Chevrolet Caprice police cruiser. The officer behind him is wielding a Mossberg 500
An officer fires his Beretta 92FS at Cheritto.
Sergeant Drucker (Mykelti Williamson) carries a Beretta 92SB-C as his sidearm, which is only drawn while he is pursuing Cheritto after running out of ammunition for his Mossberg 590 shotgun.
Beretta 92SB-C, compact model of the 92SB - 9x19mm
After running out of ammo for his Mossberg, Sgt. Drucker (Mykelti Williamson
) pursues Cheritto with his Beretta 92SB-C drawn.
One of the SWAT officers checking Shiherlis' car has an unknown M1911 variant in his holster. Since Kimbers weren't issued yet to LAPD officers, it is doubtful it is a Kimber Custom II, the current sidearm of LAPD SWAT units.
Colt MK IV Series 70 M1911A1 - .45 ACP
An unknown M1911 variant is seen in a SWAT officer's holster.
Michael Cheritto (Tom Sizemore) has a Ruger KP90 in a cross-draw holster on his tactical vest during the armored car robbery. This is NOT the P90, as sometimes claimed, but the stainless KP90.
A Ruger KP90 can be seen on Cheritto's tactical vest as he stands guard.
After McCauley executes Waingro, he leaves the room, and a detective working surveillance at the hotel draws a Glock 19 on him.
Glock 19 (2nd Generation) - 9x19mm
An LAPD detective points his Glock 19 at McCauley.
The detective holds the Glock 19.
A nickel Taurus PT92AFS can be seen in the holster of the bank guard that McCauley kicks to the floor during the start of the bank robbery. This may also be a PT99, depending on the sights, which are not visible while the weapon is holstered.
Nickel Taurus PT92AFS (Pre-1998) with slimline black factory grips - 9x19mm
A Taurus PT92AFS is seen in this security guard's holster as McCauley binds his hands behind his back at the beginning of the bank heist. Note that this Taurus seems to be fitted with Pachmayr grips.
Smith & Wesson Model 36
When Hanna and his men visit Alan Marciano (Hank Azaria) in Las Vegas to question him about his relationship with Charlene Shiherlis (Ashley Judd), Det. Casals (Wes Studi) is seen in the background holding a nickel Smith & Wesson Model 36 snub-nose revolver.
Nickel Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
Det. Casals in the background is holding a stainless steel Smith & Wesson Model 36.
Smith & Wesson Model 38 "Bodyguard"
During the armored car robbery, as soon as Waingro uses his Star Megastar to execute the first guard, McCauley guns down the second guard (Thomas Rosales Jr.) as he tries to grab a Smith & Wesson Model 38 "Bodyguard" from his ankle holster.
Smith & Wesson Model 38 "Bodyguard" - .38 Special
The second guard tries to draw a Smith & Wesson Model 38 "Bodyguard" before McCauley guns him down.
A crime scene technician picks up the Smith & Wesson Model 38 "Bodyguard".
Submachine Guns & Machine Pistols
Heckler & Koch HK94A3 (mocked-up as MP5A3)
What appear to be Heckler & Koch MP5A3s are used by LAPD SWAT officers throughout the film; however, close inspection reveals that they are actually the same partially-converted full-auto HK94A3 carbines that have appeared in numerous other motion pictures (including Predator, Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, etc.). One of these weapons is used by an officer in a hiding position during the stakeout scene at the precious metals repository. Another HK94A3 is used by a surveillance team watching for Shiherlis, and more of these weapons are used by the SWAT team that is sent to the hotel in the climax.
A Heckler & Koch HK94A3 converted to resemble an MP5A3, with a chopped barrel and converted to full-auto, with a third firing position added to the lower receiver - 9x19mm
An SIS surveillance unit member hides in a trash bin with an HK94A3.
A SWAT officer aims his HK94A3 at Shiherlis' approaching car.
SWAT officers check Shiherlis' car, all armed with HK94A3s. The weapon on the left appears to lack the paddle magazine release.
After McCauley kills Waingro, SWAT officers climb the stairwells (because McCauley had pulled the fire alarm to disable the elevators) with their HK94s in hand. Close inspection reveals that they lack the paddle magazine release and have the metal trigger pack, which characterizes the HK94.
The assassin sent to the drive-in theater (Max Daniels) to kill McCauley brings a Steyr TMP.
The assassin (Max Daniels
) moving in slowly to get a shot at an unsuspecting McCauley in his car.
The assassin firing his Steyr TMP at McCauley's car just before Shiherlis shoots him in the back, allowing McCauley to shoot him from in front, killing him. Notice how he pulls the sling forward to tighten it and steady his aim. This is a well-known technique for firing stockless guns. The expression on his face comes from McCauley having pinned his leg between his car and the pickup truck he came in.
The assassin fires his Steyr TMP at McCauley.
Benelli M3 Super 90
After the assassin is gunned down at the drive-in theater, the pickup truck driver starts to drive towards the exit, but just as he reaches the gate, Cheritto steps out from behind cover and opens fire with a Benelli M3 Super 90 12-gauge shotgun. The shotgun is both pump-action and semi-automatic but Cheritto uses pump-action only.
Benelli M3 Super 90 with pistol-grip stock - 12 Gauge
Cheritto with a Benelli M3.
Cheritto fires the Benelli M3 at close range, killing the driver.
Detective Casals (Wes Studi) brings a Mossberg 590 to breach the door of Hugh Benny's (Henry Rollins) apartment. Sergeant Drucker (Mykelti Williamson) carries the exact same Mossberg 590 during the shootout outside the bank after the heist. Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) later takes one from an officer towards the end of the film as he chases down McCauley on the tarmac.
Mossberg 590 with heat shield and bead sight - 12 Gauge
Sergeant Drucker (Mykelti Williamson
) holds a Mossberg 590. In the foreground is Detective Casals (Wes Studi
) with an M16A1 (with M16A2 handguard).
Det. Casals holds a Mossberg 590 in the elevator.
Note 590-style magazine tube cap.
Det. Casals loads some 12-gauge low brass slugs into his 590.
Hanna and Casals head to Hugh Benny's apartment, Casals holding a Mossberg 590. It should be noted that when Casals chambers the shotgun, it sounds empty.
Det. Casals blows out the hinges of Hugh Benny's door with the 590, which is extremely loud in such tight quarters.
Lt. Hanna takes a 590 from an officer before pursuing McCauley.
Hanna fires his acquired Mossberg 590 at a fleeing McCauley.
Some of the LAPD officers are seen armed with Mossberg 500s during the bank robbery shootout.
An officer takes cover from Shiherlis' barrage with a Mossberg 500 in hand.
An officer fires a Mossberg 500 at Cheritto.
Ithaca 37 "Stakeout"
An Ithaca 37 "Stakeout" short-barreled shotgun can be seen resting behind a security desk when McCauley goes to kill Waingro in the hotel.
Ithaca 37 "Stakeout" Parkerized finish with Synthetic forearm - 12 Gauge
An Ithaca 37 "Stakeout" shotgun is seen behind the desk.
Some of the LAPD officers are seen armed with Remington 870s during the bank robbery shootout.
Remington 870 Police Magnum Riot Shotgun - 12 Gauge
Two LAPD officers fire their Remington 870s during the shootout.
An LAPD officer pursues McCauley and Shiherlis with a Remington 870 in hand.
Rifles & Carbines
Colt Model 654
During the armored car robbery, McCauley carries a Colt Model 654 carbine, a 14.5" barreled predecessor to the M4, with M16A1-style lightweight barrel and sights. He uses this weapon to execute the second guard (the one who tries to draw the Smith & Wesson Model 38 "Bodyguard" in his ankle holster), who gets hit in his right arm, his shoulder and his chest. Based on configuration, it appears to be a 654 upper on a full-auto converted AR-15 SP1 carbine lower receiver group, with a drop-in auto sear to allow it fire fully-automatic (as evidenced by the pivot pin at the front, which is the "screw hole" design).
Colt Model 654 - export version of the Model 653 without forward assist - 5.56x45mm
McCauley holds his Colt Model 654 while watching the street. Close examination reveals that this is actually a 654 upper on an AR-15 SP1 carbine lower group (note pivot pin design).
McCauley holds his Model 654. Also note that he has his Heckler & Koch USP in a cross-draw holster on the vest (the back of the slide and grip are visible near the bottom of the image).
"80 seconds left!"
- McCauley calls out to the others while holding his Colt Model 654. The Goodhew ambulance patches on his uniform establish that this is McCauley.
McCauley gives Cheritto a nod to give him approval to execute the third guard.
McCauley guns down the second guard.
A view from over McCauley's shoulder. Note if you look closely, in the almost center of the image, you can see a cable running from the guard's pant leg. This would've been used to activate the device to simulate a gunshot, blood-splattering effect.
Colt Model 733
During the armored car robbery, Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer) uses a Colt Model 733 short-barreled carbine as his weapon of choice. During the bank robbery, Shiherlis and McCauley both carry the Model 733. These are compact versions of the M16 rifle family with 11.5-inch barrels.
Trivia: Allegedly, footage of Shiherlis expertly reloading his rifle during the bank robbery shootout has been shown to American Marine and Special Forces trainees, with the message from their instructor, "This is how I want you to reload".
Colt Model 733 - 5.56x45mm
Shiherlis (Val Kilmer
) with a Colt Model 733 during the armored car robbery. Shiherlis can be identified because he is wearing a black hockey mask, whereas all of the other men are wearing white hockey masks.
Shiherlis holds his Model 733 after retrieving the bearer bonds from the back of the armored car.
Shiherlis fires his Model 733 at Det. Bosko, who is taken down with a bullet to the neck.
Shiherlis fires his Model 733.
McCauley readies his Model 733 in the car.
McCauley fires his Model 733 through the windshield. With three men firing out of the car, everyone here would probably have suffered permanent hearing loss as the result of loud rifle explosions.
Shiherlis fires his Model 733 down Fifth Street.
Shiherlis fires his Model 733.
Shiherlis reloads his Model 733.N.B.
Val Kilmer's reload was so fast and smooth that this clip was used in U.S. Marine Corps training videos to show new recruits how it should be done in combat.
Shiherlis smacks the bolt release on his Model 733.N.B.
The car license plate on the right, "2LUP382", is an in-joke: LUP
is British Army (ex-SAS commandos were technical advisors for this film) terminology for L
osition. The 2LUP
indicates that this is the second location in which Shiherlis has paused to take cover during the shootout.
McCauley lays down suppressing fire with his Model 733.
McCauley fires his Model 733 on Fifth Street.
McCauley fires his Model 733.
McCauley fires his Model 733 at the police blockade.
McCauley drags the wounded Shiherlis through the parking lot while firing his Model 733 at Hanna. Despite firing it one-handed, McCauley manages to hit one of the officers with his bursts.
Lt. Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) pulls out an FN FNC assault rifle during the shootout on Flower Street and uses it to kill Cheritto when Cheritto - who is firing at Drucker and several other cops - grabs a little girl as a human shield. According to the on-set armorer, Hanna's rifle was a select-fire FNC (as opposed to the semi-auto only civilian version) that was chopped down by the armorer to a Para length barrel, and an M16-style birdcage flash-hider was attached. Despite being a full-auto weapon, Michael Mann instructed Al Pacino to fire only in semi-automatic mode, because Hanna and all of the other cops who were involved in the shootout would be concerned about the possibility of endangering bystanders.
FN FNC - semi-auto civilian version without bayonet lug - 5.56x45mm
holds the FN FNC in a promotional still.
Hanna readies his FN FNC as the shootout begins. Here we can see the shorter barrel and the M16 birdcage flash-hider.
Hanna reloads his FNC and forgets there is a round in the chamber. Note live round ejecting in mid-air.
Hanna fires his FNC down Fifth Street.
Hanna takes aim with his FNC.
Hanna tries to evacuate civilians out of McCauley's firing area.
Hanna readies his FNC to give Cheritto (Tom Sizemore
) his 5.56mm present for the head when he trips and then grabs a little girl as a human shield.
Hanna aims his FNC at Cheritto.
Confident in his aim, Hanna shoots Cheritto in the head. If you look very
closely, at the very instant that Hanna fires, the shot switches to a slightly different angle. This was likely done to edit out a cycling malfunction.
FN FAL 50.61
During the armored car robbery, Michael Cheritto (Tom Sizemore) uses a 20" barreled FN FAL 50.61 Paratrooper version with a side-folding stock. He uses this weapon to execute the third guard with a double tap to the sternum and a third shot to the head. This is a military tactic known as a Failure Drill or Mozambique Drill, and is a prominent feature in Michael Mann's films (it appears twice in Heat - this incident, and then at the end of the film, when McCauley executes Waingro in his hotel room).
FN FAL 50.61 Paratrooper rifle with folding stock and 21" barrel - 7.62x51mm NATO
Cheritto stands guard with an FN FAL 50.61 rifle with a Para side-folding stock.
Cheritto advances on the last guard.
Cheritto shoots the third guard in the chest with his FN FAL "Para". Note if you look closely, to the lower right, you can see a cable running from the guard's pant leg. This would've been used to activate the device to simulate a gunshot, blood-splattering effect.
Cheritto then steps forward and shoots the guard in the head at point-blank range.
Heckler & Koch HK91A2
At the drive-in theater, Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer) covers McCauley (Robert De Niro) with a Heckler & Koch HK91A2 fitted with a bipod, and manages to take out the Steyr TMP-wielding assassin with a shot to the back. Shiherlis can be seen holding the HK91A2 on the film's poster.
Heckler & Koch HK91A2 - 7.62x51mm NATO
"Behind you, on the right!"
- Shiherlis, in cover with his HK91A2, spots the assassin and alerts McCauley.
Shiherlis gets a clean shot and fires his HK91A2 at the TMP-wielding assassin.
Shiherlis fires at the pickup truck.
IMI Galil ARM
Michael Cheritto (Tom Sizemore) uses an IMI Galil ARM Model 372 with a wooden handguard during the bank robbery and the shootout. While inside the bank, the stock is removed from the mounting bracket. However, it appears when he enters the car, an obvious continuity error. He gets separated from the rest of the crew during the shootout but manages to wound one of Hanna's men, Detective Schwartz (Jerry Trimble), by shooting him in the shoulder beside a transit bus. Oddly enough, Mann refers to the weapon as a 7.62mm in his audio commentary.
IMI Galil ARM with wooden handguard - 5.56x45mm
Cheritto with an IMI Galil ARM while inside the bank during the heist.
Cheritto right before the shootout.
Cheritto fires his Galil ARM through the windshield from the back seat.
Cheritto fires his Galil ARM during the bank heist shootout.
Cheritto unfolds the stock on his Galil ARM during the shootout.
After the heist, Cheritto flees the scene with his Galil ARM.
Cheritto flees with his Galil ARM in hand.
M16A1 (with M16A2 handguard)
Several M16A1 assault rifles are featured prominently in the film, fitted with M16A2-style handguards and Rapidex-type rear sight adjustment knobs. They are wielded by various L.A.P.D. detectives, including Detective Casals (Wes Studi), Detective Mike Bosko (Ted Levine) and Detective Schwartz (Jerry Trimble), and are also used by some of the SWAT officers. Casals uses one to assist in disabling the Lincoln Town Car being used as a getaway vehicle, and also manages to shoot and wound Shiherlis during the shootout. According to the on-set armorer, the director wanted the actors to fire in semi-automatic mode only. The reason given was that the police would be less interested in 'suppressing fire' and more interested in controlled shots given the proximity of so many innocent bystanders.
Colt M16A1 - outfitted with A2 handguard - 5.56x45mm
An LAPD officer (Steven Ford
) hides in a truck with an M16A1 with A2 handguard slung over his back during the stakeout.
Detective Schwartz (Jerry Trimble
) holds his M16A1 after the stakeout.
Detective Bosko (Ted Levine
) exchanges fire with Shiherlis, but the more-experienced Shiherlis kills Bosko with a shot to the neck. Here you can see the Rapidex rear sight adjustment knob.
Sergeant Drucker (Mykelti Williamson
) with a Mossberg 590
. In the foreground is Detective Casals (Wes Studi
) with an M16A1 (with M16A2 handguard). This shot clearly shows the Rapidex rear sight adjustment knob.
Detective Casals (Wes Studi
) readies his modified M16A1. This shot clearly shows the Rapidex rear sight adjustment knob.
Detective Casals fires his M16A1 during the shootout outside the bank.
Detective Casals fires a critical round from his M16A1.
Norinco Type 56-1
During the armored car robbery, Trejo (Danny Trejo) carries a Chinese Norinco Type 56-1 assault rifle.
Norinco Type 56-1 with AKM muzzle brake - 7.62x39mm
A close-up of Trejo's Norinco Type 56-1 as the call on the robbery goes out on the police scanner. The slanted AKM
-style compensator is not standard on the military Type 56, however, manufacturers like Norinco and Poly Technologies added them on to their civilian rifles for export to the United States in the 1980s.
Trejo's Type 56-1 is seen while he is deploying the spike strip.
Heckler & Koch SR9(T)
A police sniper of the surveillance team watches over McCauley with a Heckler & Koch SR9(T) sniper rifle. This same sniper is also seen with the rifle during the stakeout for Shiherlis.
Heckler & Koch SR9(T) Sniper Rifle - 7.62x51mm NATO
A police sniper aims his H&K SR9(T) at McCauley but is ordered not to fire.
A police sniper watches Shiherlis through the scope of his SR9(T).
It appears that some of the shots composed for the film were inspired by several paintings.
Alex Colville's Pacific
(1967) that inspired the famous shot in Heat
. The pistol shown is a Browning Hi-Power
Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro
) looks out the window of his house; beforehand, he lays his USP on a counter nearby, although it is out of shot in this image.