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Nick “Mex” Escalante is a former soldier of fortune who makes a living in Las Vegas as a bodyguard for hire, even though he labels his profession as a “chaperone”. He dreams of leaving the States and settling in Venice, Italy, but as soon as he saves enough money for the trip, he gambles it away. His routine comes to a big disturbance when his prostitute friend Holly is sadistically beaten by a man with organized crime connections. Nick decides to help her exact revenge on the man, but this marks the beginning of a violent conflict between our hero and the mobster that will end only when one of them stops breathing.
The great William Goldman wrote the script, adapting his own 1985 novel of the same name. It was Burt Reynolds, who played the main role, who initially got the idea to make the film, having liked Goldman's novel. Robert Altman was attached to direct at one point, but dropped out, with Dick Richards stepping in. However, after a physical altercation with Reynolds, Ri-chards left the project and Jerry Jameson finished the shoot. Its development troubles aside, Heat is an enjoyable action thriller with plenty of comical moments, features a great cast (Peter MacNicol is as great as Reynolds) and offers solid entertainment in its 101 minutes of running time.