The brilliantly written and directed crime drama from Michael Mann follows master criminal Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) as he pulls off a series of heists in LA. In pursuit of McCauley is the obsessive Lieutenant Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino). Both men at the same time are dealing with upheavals in their personal lives and form mutual respect even as they try to derail each other’s plans.
Before the Screening: A conversation with stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, director Michael Mann, and producer Art Linson. Moderated by journalist and filmmaker Bilge Ebiri.
Art Linson is an award winning producer, author, screenwriter, and director. Linson has produced critically acclaimed movies in every decade since the seventies including Fight Club, Heat, The Untouchables, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Scrooged, Into the Wild, and two time oscar winner Melvin and Howard. Currently, Linson is an executive producer with John Linson on the tv series Sons of Anarchy and the mega hit Yellowstone.
Michael Mann is a world-renowned director, screenwriter, producer, and one of the most innovative and influential filmmakers in American cinema. He is a four-time Academy Award® nominee, two-time Emmy®-winner and recipient of WGA, DGA and BAFTA Awards as a director, producer and writer. His filmography includes The Jericho Mile, Thief, Manhunter, The Last of the Mohicans, Collateral, Heat, Ali, The Insider, Black Hat and the iconic series Miami Vice and Crime Story and most recently the pilot of Tokyo Vice. The publishing date for his debut novel, Heat Two is August 9th, 2022.
Robert De Niro launched his motion picture career in Brian De Palma's The Wedding Party in 1969. In 1974, De Niro won the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor for The Godfather, Part II. In 1980 he won his second Oscar®, as Best Actor, for Raging Bull. De Niro has also received five Academy Award nominations for his work including Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, and Silver Linings Playbook. In 2009, De Niro was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. De Niro takes pride in his production company, Tribeca Productions, the Tribeca Film Center, (which he founded with Jane Rosenthal in 1988,) and in the Tribeca Film Festival, which he founded with Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff. Tribeca's A Bronx Tale in 1993 marked De Niro’s directorial debut and in 2016 he directed Tribeca’s The Good Shepherd.
Actor and director Al Pacino was born in East Harlem and grew up in New York City’s South Bronx. He attended the School of Performing Arts until he moved on to study acting at the Herbert Berghof Studio with Charles Laughton, and later, at the Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg. His first leading part in a feature film was in the 1971 drama Panic in Needle Park. The following year, Francis Ford Coppola selected him to take on the breakthrough role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award®.
Bilge Ebiri is a film critic and editor for New York magazine/Vulture. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Bloomberg Businessweek, and the Criterion Collection.