The William Goldman Blogathon – Heat (1986)


This is my final of 3 reviews for The William Goldman Blogathon 2019 being hosted by Rebecca of Taking Up Room.

Tnx for letting me partake Rebecca!

“Well, I’ve been knocked down, blown up, lied to, shit on, shot at, I’m not a virgin except in my heart, nothing much surprises me anymore except what people do to each other. I’m a licensed pilot, I lectured on economics at Yale, and I can memorize the front page of the New York Times in five minutes, and repeat it back to you in five weeks. I was National Golden Gloves Champion three years in a row and I’m fluent in four languages. And… I lie a lot!” – Mex

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A tough ex-mercenary in Las Vegas hires himself out as a bodyguard in order to make enough money to fulfill his dream of moving to Venice.

My Take on it – This is a film that I never heard of before and was curious to see what it was all about since I knew that it is based on a novel that Goldman wrote.

Unfortunately, this film is extremely mediocre and fails to work on so many levels.

The characters aren’t developed well and it’s very hard to care about any of them or what they do.

I have always been a fan of Burt Reynolds, but he is completely miscast in this role and it is far from being a perfect fit for him.

He has always been much better in the “light” roles that he has taken on and in this movie his character is much too serious and the fact that he isn’t sympathetic or likeable also hurts things so much.

The story moves along in a very strange way and this also makes it harder to enjoy this movie since it is meant to be more gripping and thrilling than it truly is.

The villains in this movie aren’t at all menacing and in some cases they come across as being quite laughable which also hurts this movie so much.

Bottom Line – Mediocre film that doesn’t work that well because its so hard to care about any of these characters.  Reynolds is a great actor, but this role just doesn’t fit him in any way.  He comes across as seeming quite silly in this role because his character is much too serious the whole time without being sympathetic or likeable at all. The story moves along in a strange way and they present things in a way that fails to come across as being thrilling even if it is a bit gritty. The villains aren’t menacing at all and in some cases are actually quite laughable in that kind of role.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Burt Reynolds and Director Dick Richards came to blows on the film. When the smoke settled, Richards had a broken jaw, courtesy of Reynolds. Noted TV Director Jerry Jamieson was brought in to complete the film. Richards later successfully sued Reynolds for damages in court. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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