History Film / Heat

21st Apr '18 12:01:15 PM Caswin
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** A re-enactment emphasizing how difficult (but not necessarily impossible, ''but'' not moving the way the actors do) this would be wound up on an NRA TV show (''Media Lab'') that got a bit of a ColbertBump over on ''LiveActionTV/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver''.
22nd Mar '18 10:34:26 PM MatthewRenn
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* TheGhost: Lauren's father isn't so much as given a first name, but is repeatedly referenced by other characters nonetheless.
22nd Mar '18 10:33:11 PM MatthewRenn
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* FilmNoir: Replete with morally ambiguous characters, dark urban photography, and brutal realism all layered with a thick proverbial coat of style.
27th Feb '18 11:08:11 PM tommythegun
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*** Driven home in particular by the resolution of each character's relationship with the women in their lives. Vincent [[spoiler: saves Justine's daughter from a suicide attempt]], which, while still leaving their relationship in limbo, at least gives Justine a chance to understand the kind of man Vincent has to be and the world he lives in. Conversely, Neil does exactly what he said he would do if he ever spotted the heat around the corner with Eadie.
27th Feb '18 4:54:56 PM MandolinMagi
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* BulletproffHumanShield: At the end of the post-bank robbery running gun battle, Michael picks up a small girl to use as a human shield. Didn't do him any good for protection because Vincent was already behind him and drawing a bead.

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* BulletproffHumanShield: BulletproofHumanShield: At the end of the post-bank robbery running gun battle, Michael picks up a small girl to use as a human shield. Didn't do him any good for protection because Vincent was already behind him and drawing a bead.
7th Feb '18 5:00:45 PM AmuckCricetine
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* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: Neil does a brass check in the hotel elevator, on his way to kill Waingro. While checking your pistol to make sure there's a round in the chamber when going into combat is a good idea, Neil does it by putting his whole hand over the barrel to push back the slide. If gone wrong, he could have blown his hand off. This is a rare example in a movie that otherwise notably averts much of this trope.



* BackAlleyDoctor: After Chris is shot in the shoulder by Det. Casals during the bank robbery shootout, Neil takes him to one of these types of doctors. In a deleted scene, the doctor demands twice the normal fee.
* BadassBandolier: Realistic version: Neil wears a utility vest stuffed with spare magazines for his assault rifle during the bank robbery and the shootout that follows.



* BavarianFireDrill:
** At the beginning of the film to steal an ambulance.
** At the hotel with Waingro, [=McCauley=] merely needs to look and sound like he belongs in order not to be challenged by the hotel staff.

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* BavarianFireDrill:
** At the beginning of the film to steal an ambulance.
** At the hotel with Waingro, [=McCauley=]
BavarianFireDrill: Mildly; Neil merely needs to look and sound like he belongs in order not to be challenged by the hotel staff. And also done right at the beginning of the film to steal an ambulance.



* BecauseImGoodAtIt:
--> '''Neil [=McCauley=]:''' I do what I do best, I take scores. You do what you do best, try to stop guys like me.
--> [...]
--> '''Vincent Hanna:''' I don't know how to do anything else.
--> '''Neil [=McCauley=]:''' Neither do I.
--> '''Vincent Hanna:''' I don't much want to either.
--> '''Neil [=McCauley=]:''' Neither do I.



* BreakTheCutie: Lauren Gustafson and Eady. Lauren is a teenager driven to depression [[spoiler: and to suicide]] because of her father's neglection over her and Eady gets speechless when [[spoiler:Neil leaves her behind as he was been chased by Vincent Hanna]].
* BulletproffHumanShield: At the end of the post-bank robbery running gun battle, Michael picks up a small girl to use as a human shield. Didn't do him any good for protection because Vincent was already behind him and drawing a bead.



* CentralTheme:
** The thin line between police and the thieves they pursue.
** The price of devoting yourself to excelling in a particular vocation on yourself and those around you.
* ChaseFight: The running firefight that takes place after a botched robbery.



* CoincidentalBroadcast: This is how Donald Breedan's wife learns of his death in the bank robbery shootout. Somewhat justified in that it's a major breaking news story and he was killed in the midst of a pretty deadly shootout in the middle of downtown Los Angeles in which at least five people were killed (Cheritto, Breedan, a police detective, a patrol officer and a grocery store employee).



* CopKiller: In the first part of the bank robbery shootout, Chris shoots Det. Bosco. Several other cops are shot by Chris, Cheritto, and Neil later on in the second part of the shootout, but it's never established if they survived or not.



* DinerBrawl: A really vicious one happens at the truck stop diner between Neil and Waingro.

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* DinerBrawl: A really vicious one happens at Neil starts to beat up Waingro while still in the booth at a truck stop diner between Neil and Waingro.diner. They follow up on the deed outside, but he's forced to stop the beating when Chris spots a police car nearby. They wait until the police car drives off, by which point Waingro is gone.



* DoubleTap: Twice, a victim is killed being shot twice in the chest and once in the head -- a technique known as the Mozambique Drill which would later be used in the later Michael Mann movie ''Collateral'': Cheritto killing the third guard in the armored car robbery, and Neil killing Waingro at the hotel. During the crime scene investigation into the armored car robbery, Hanna notes this as one of several things that marks them out as serious professionals.

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* DoubleTap: Twice, a victim is killed being shot twice in the chest and once in the head -- a technique known as the Mozambique Drill which would later be used in the later Michael Mann movie ''Collateral'': ''Film/{{Collateral}}'': Cheritto killing the third guard in the armored car robbery, and Neil killing Waingro at the hotel. During the crime scene investigation into the armored car robbery, Hanna notes this as one of several things that marks them out as serious professionals.



* DriveInTheater: Neil arranges to meet with Roger Van Zant's drop man in an abandoned drive-in. However, an assassin is hiding in the drop man's pickup truck. Chris Shiherlis covers Neil from the roof of the projection building. The two of them take down the assassin (which Neil has difficulty hitting because he's driving over the humps used to angle the cars to the screen). The pickup truck driver tries to flee, but just as he is about to exit, Michael Cheritto shoots him with a shotgun.



* FriendlyEnemy: Vincent Hanna and Neil [=McCauley=]. The two men are both dedicated to their professions (one is a cop, the other a criminal), but they understand each other very deeply.



* TheGamblingAddict: Chris spends all of his reward money from their heists gambling in UsefulNotes/LasVegas and betting on the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl. It's why his marriage is falling apart.



* GutFeeling: Hanna says, "Neil is still here. I can feel it."

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* GutFeeling: Vincent Hanna says, "Neil is still here. I and Neill [=McCauley=] have a bit of this towards each other. [=McCauley=] stops in the middle of a heist because he can feel it."sense that Hanna is watching him. Later, Hanna's investigation team is following [=McCauley=]'s crooks as they seem to be casing a job. Everyone on the team is puzzled, as there seems to be nothing there worth stealing, until after a few seconds Hanna reads [=McCauley=]'s mind and figures out that what [=McCauley=] and company have actually done is lure the police into exposing their surveillance team.
* HamToHamCombat: Averted. With Creator/AlPacino chewing large chunks of scenery elsewhere, and Creator/RobertDeNiro himself not unknown to it, their first scene together, ever, should easily have been one large hamfest. Instead, on purpose, we got [[ActionFilmQuietDramaScene a low key chat in a diner over coffee]].
* HashHouseLingo: We get bursts of this when [=McCauley=] offers Donald Breedan a job as getaway driver. [=McCauley=] makes the new order $12 million to go!



* HateSink: With Neil [=McCauley=] having EvilIsCool on his side, Waingro is easily the most hateful, vile, depraved and despicable character in the entire film. He lacks any kind of EvilVirtues or sympathetic qualities, being a petty, sadistic jerkass who is not particularly smart. And for bonus, he's also a DirtyCoward.
* HollywoodDensity: The bank robbers have to run from the police while carrying big duffel bags that are absolutely packed with paper currency. A full duffle would be able to hold enough stacked and bundled bills to weigh between 150 and 200 pounds.



* KansasCityShuffle: A minor version - Neil, Chris and Michael discuss their possible escape routes from their next heist right in plain sight where the cops can overhear them (despite being a group of professional thieves). Cue Lt. Vincent Hanna and his team heading down to the scene for additional clues, only for Hanna to realize that it was probably misinformation they were fed, and that the entire meeting was to get the detectives in the open, ''allowing Neil to counterspy on them and learn their identities''. Indeed, we see Neil taking pictures of them from the same vantage point Hanna was using earlier.



* KarmicThief: Neil and his crew only target high-value targets like precious metal depositories, banks and corporate money vans. Invoked during the bank robbery scene when Neil says, "We want to hurt nobody. We're here for the bank's money, not your money. Your money's insured by the federal government, you're not going to lose a dime. Think of your families, don't risk your life, don't try to be a hero."



* KnowledgeBroker: Neil consults Nate for intelligence on potential heists and police opponents. When Neil asks him where he gets this stuff he replies that it just comes to him through the air (his house is festooned with antennae and located on a hill above Los Angeles).



* LeaveNoWitnesses: In the opening robbery, Waingro kills a security guard for not following his instructions. Another guard draws a pistol and is also shot. The last guard doesn't resist, but the gang exchange a MeaningfulLook and kill him too. As they've already committed multiple homicide, there's no incentive to leave a potential witness alive.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: The film ends with a fifteen second shot of Lt. Hanna standing framed in the lights of Los Angeles International Airport [[spoiler:holding Neil [=McCauley=]'s hand as he dies]].



* MercyKill: Neil mercy kills Trejo after he's been tortured by Waingro and is dying.



* NotStayingForBreakfast: Neil is shown leaving Eady in the night, after making love. Neil is a professional thief, and has vowed to have no attachments as to be able to walk out of his life in thirty seconds if the heat turns up. And then subverted when he gets back together with her a day or two later.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: Hannah does this.
-->[[LampshadeHanging Ferocious, aren't I?]]



* OutrankingYourJob: Robbery Homicide Lieutenant Vincent Hanna acts as lead investigator for every crime in the film, from the climactic bank robbery to the murder of a prostitute. Hanna does have subordinates under his command, but their duties are limited to assisting in the larger cases by running down leads, not handling cases of their own. Though we don't know if those detectives Detectives Bosko, Casals and Schwartz, and Sergeant Drucker are on any other active cases.
* OvertRendezvous:



* PistolWhipping: Waingro does this to one of the three guards in frustration during the armored car heist when he orders them to step back. As the guards were deafened by the shaped charge explosion devised by Neil McCauley's crew, one of Neil's henchmen, Cheritto, advises Waingro to cool off and understand that their eardrums were shot by the blast earlier. Waingro, however, lets his impulsive ruthlessness get the better of him and starts gunning down one of the officers; this in turn forced the crew to finish off the remaining two officers in order to leave no witnesses behind, eventually complicating matters with Waingro later.
* PopTheTires:
** In the armored car robbery, Neil and his crew have timed the police response to three minutes. They are driving away from the scene just as the first police cruisers hit a spike strip laid down in the middle of the street by Trejo and screech to a halt, with two of them fishtailing.
** In the bank robbery shootout, Sgt. Drucker shoots the left rear tire of the getaway car. Donald Breedan struggles to control the car, until he is shot in the head by a police round and killed, and the car crashes into the back of an abandoned vehicle.



* PsychoPartyMember: Waingro starts the movie as member of a professional crew of thieves, but becomes such a kill-happy madman that ConsummateProfessional Neil [=McCauley=] risks attempting to execute him in public after their first heist turns into a bloodbath due to Waingro's sadism. After Waingro escapes he allies with Neil's enemies in the underworld and does everything he can to bring Neil down, but then goes above and beyond when he rapes and kills the wife of a member of Neil's crew and beats the crew member to near death when the guy attempts to avenge her, all for no reason other than because Waingro is an uncontrollable nutcase. By this point Neil is so furious with the psycho that despite being the subject of a police manhunt Neil takes time out of his getaway to hunt down Waingro and [[DoubleTap kill him properly]].



* RobbingTheMobBank: It turns out that the bearer bonds stolen during the opening heist by Neil and his crew belonged to Roger van Zant, a banker who does business for a drug cartel. On realising this, the crew curiously doesn't panic, but instead calmly approach him with what they feel is a reasonable deal -- having not known the bonds belonged to him, they offer to sell his bonds back to him at a generous price which, on top of the insurance he'll receive for them anyway, will see him lose out less than he would have had they sold them to a third party. Unfortunately for them, van Zant isn't in the mood to be reasonable and so orders a hit out on them. [[spoiler:Interestingly, the hit backfires and Neil, himself now no longer in the mood to be reasonable, promises van Zant he's pretty much going to die painfully. ''Van Zant'' is consequently the one who spends most of the movie fretting for his life -- until he gets hooked up with Waingro, at which point things go FromBadToWorse for pretty much everyone concerned.]]
* SayingTheSoundEffectsOutLoud: Det. Bosko uses, "Bang, bang, bang-bang-bang," at the scene of the armored car robbery to describe the death of the second guard (the one Neil shoots with an automatic rifle as he's trying to draw his service weapon).



* StayWithMeUntilIDie: [[spoiler:Vincent shoots Neil, then stays with him out of NotSoDifferent companionship]].



* ThatPoorCar: Subverted in the armored car robbery. When Shiherlis sets off a charge to blast open the back doors, the shockwave shatters a row of car windshields, yet we don't hear the standard cacophony of car alarms that would normally happen with this trope. Then again, these cars are in a dealership and their alarms may have been disabled on purpose.



* ThatPoorCar: Subverted in the armored car robbery. When Shiherlis sets off a charge to blast open the back doors, the shockwave shatters a row of car windshields, yet we don't hear the standard cacophony of car alarms that would normally happen with this trope. Then again, these cars are in a dealership and their alarms may have been disabled on purpose.

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* ThatPoorCar: Subverted in TheyKnewTheRisks:
-->'''Neil [=McCauley=]''': He knew
the armored car robbery. When Shiherlis sets off a charge to blast open the back doors, the shockwave shatters a row of car windshields, yet we don't hear the standard cacophony of car alarms that would normally happen with this trope. Then again, these cars are in a dealership and their alarms may risks, he didn't have been disabled on purpose.to be there. It rains... you get wet.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:Chris drops out of the movie after his wife warns him the police are onto him at the safe house. Did he get caught by the police later? Did he manage to leave the country, as his boss Neil planned to? Did he retire and wind up going legit, or did he have to return to crime? Your guess is as good as anyone's]].
* WhiteShirtOfDeath: All of the participants in the armored car robbery at the beginning of the movie except for Chris Shiherlis wear white hockey masks. Chris, who wears a black mask, is the only one of them to still be alive at the end of the movie, while everyone who wore a white mask is dead.
* WildGooseChase: It's implied that Michael Cheritto ditched his police surveillance by putting the transponders on a bus to San Clemente.
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* DaddyDidntShow: The father of Natalie Portman's character was supposed to pick her up for the day but never came, which contributes to her attempted suicide.

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* DaddyDidntShow: The Lauren's father of Natalie Portman's character was supposed to pick her up for the day but never came, which contributes to her attempted suicide.



* DisappearedDad: The unseen father of Hanna's stepdaughter is clearly a selfish jerk not interested in her, but she nevertheless yearns to make a connection with him. [[spoiler: His failure to bother with her eventually drives her to attempt suicide.]] Despite his own obsession with his job, Vincent at least tries to compensate and make ''some'' time for her, even as he pursues Neil [=McCauley=].

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* DisappearedDad: The Lauren's unseen father of Hanna's stepdaughter is clearly a selfish jerk not interested in her, but she nevertheless yearns to make a connection with him. [[spoiler: His failure to bother with her eventually drives her to attempt suicide.]] Despite his own obsession with his job, Vincent at least tries to compensate and make ''some'' time for her, even as he pursues Neil [=McCauley=].



* HonorBeforeReason: a pretty brutal deconstruction. Drucker is able to pull Charlene in and give her a choice: either betray Chris to the police, or be considered an accessory by the courts and do jail time. He gives her a very good reason for turning Chris in: Charlene will probably lose custody of her son if she goes to jail, and her son will probably end up "fucked for life." When she finally spots Chris and has a chance to turn him in, Charlene instead silently warns him to get away. Drucker and his crew know that it's Chris, but Chris has a phony ID that passes inspection, so they can't hold him. Drucker [[TranquilFury calmly voices his disgust for Charlene]] by saying, "Would you like a cup of coffee while we wait, ''[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Mrs.]]'' [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Shiherlis?"]] The [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone look on Charlene's face makes it clear:]] she instantly regrets her decision, knowing that she just destroyed her life, and likely her son's as well. Add to that, Chris is still badly injured and clearly in terrible shape. He will escape, but there's a very good chance that he won't be able to get proper medical help and will die of his wounds.



* HonorBeforeReason: a pretty brutal deconstruction. Drucker is able to pull Charlene in and give her a choice: either betray Chris to the police, or be considered an accessory by the courts and do jail time. He gives her a very good reason for turning Chris in: Charlene will probably lose custody of her son if she goes to jail, and her son will probably end up "fucked for life." When she finally spots Chris and has a chance to turn him in, Charlene instead silently warns him to get away. Drucker and his crew know that it's Chris, but Chris has a phony ID that passes inspection, so they can't hold him. Drucker [[TranquilFury calmly voices his disgust for Charlene]] by saying, "Would you like a cup of coffee while we wait, ''[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Mrs.]]'' [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Shiherlis?"]] The [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone look on Charlene's face makes it clear:]] she instantly regrets her decision, knowing that she just destroyed her life, and likely her son's as well. Add to that, Chris is still badly injured and clearly in terrible shape. He will escape, but there's a very good chance that he won't be able to get proper medical help and will die of his wounds.



* PsychoForHire: Waingro.

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* PsychoForHire: Waingro. First time by Neil, though he pushed his BerserkButton for killing one of the van's guards. Second time by Roger Van Zant as both shared a common enemy in Neil.
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Hanna and Neil are dining together the former asks the latter if when Neil sees Hanna is about to come after him, will Neil abandon Eady. Neil responds that he would. [[spoiler:True to his word, when Hanna catches Neil in the climax, Neil does abandon Eady to not be caught.]]
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* FiveFiveFive: When Neil is asked for the telephone number he is calling from so they can call him back from a different number, he looks at the pay phone, reads a correct area code for Los Angeles County, 818, but the phone number he gives is a seven-digit number beginning with "1". For technical reasons, regular telephone numbers in North America - US, Canada and the Caribbean Countries - ''cannot'' start with "1".
* FiveBadBand: Neil's crew:
** BigBad: Neil [=McCauley=]
** TheDragon: Chris Shiherlis, the most trusted of Neil's men, ColdSniper, collects money at heists.
** EvilGenius: Nate, who suggests targets for Neil to hit.
** TheBrute: Michael Cherrito, in charge of crowd control at heists.
** DarkChick: Trejo, the getaway driver. Replaced by Donald Breedan for the bank heist.
** SixthRangerTraitor: Waingro, PsychoForHire whose impulsive ruthlessness ends up botching the armored car heist and nearly gets himself killed by Neil during the diner meeting for his troubles until a momentary distraction caused by a police car patrolling the area allowed Waingro to escape with his life. He would later be hired by Roger Van Zant, who secretly plots the elimination of Neil's team.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The first time we see Waingro, he demands a free coffee refill from a roadside cafe (where it's hinted he's already made himself a nuisance), then walks away as soon as he sees Cheritto's truck without either waiting for his refilled cup or telling the employees to forget it. He doesn't do much more than introduce himself before assuming he's part of [=McCauley's=] crew going forward, then glowers at Cheritto when the latter asks him to be quiet so he can concentrate. Even before his actions at the armored car heist, we already know he's an inconsiderate blowhard with anger issues.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: EstablishingCharacterMoment:
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The first time we see Waingro, he demands a free coffee refill from a roadside cafe (where it's hinted he's already made himself a nuisance), then walks away as soon as he sees Cheritto's truck without either waiting for his refilled cup or telling the employees to forget it. He doesn't do much more than introduce himself before assuming he's part of [=McCauley's=] crew going forward, then glowers at Cheritto when the latter asks him to be quiet so he can concentrate. Even before his actions at the armored car heist, we already know he's an inconsiderate blowhard with anger issues.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Neil is willing to commit murder if he thinks it's necessary, but usually tries to avoid that necessity. Of the three heist attempts we see, one is after midnight at a business with no night shift, while the other two are [[CrazyPrepared carefully choreographed plans]] that rely on intimidation, [[{{HSQ}} surprise, and nonlethal violence]] (with the clear threat of lethal escalation if someone doesn't cooperate) to cow security guards and witnesses. As Hanna points out, the third armored truck guard was murdered because at that point, [[PragmaticVillainy a third murder would cost them less than a live witness to the first two]], and Neil is ''pissed'' about those first two. So pissed, in fact, that he and his crew try to kill Waingro for it.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: EvenEvilHasStandards:
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Neil is willing to commit murder if he thinks it's necessary, but usually tries to avoid that necessity. Of the three heist attempts we see, one is after midnight at a business with no night shift, while the other two are [[CrazyPrepared carefully choreographed plans]] that rely on intimidation, [[{{HSQ}} surprise, and nonlethal violence]] (with the clear threat of lethal escalation if someone doesn't cooperate) to cow security guards and witnesses. As Hanna points out, the third armored truck guard was murdered because at that point, [[PragmaticVillainy a third murder would cost them less than a live witness to the first two]], and Neil is ''pissed'' about those first two. So pissed, in fact, that he and his crew try to kill Waingro for it.



* FiveBadBand: Neil's crew:
** BigBad: Neil [=McCauley=]
** TheDragon: Chris Shiherlis, the most trusted of Neil's men, ColdSniper, collects money at heists.
** EvilGenius: Nate, who suggests targets for Neil to hit.
** TheBrute: Michael Cherrito, in charge of crowd control at heists.
** DarkChick: Trejo, the getaway driver. Replaced by Donald Breedan for the bank heist.
** SixthRangerTraitor: Waingro, PsychoForHire whose impulsive ruthlessness ends up botching the armored car heist and nearly gets himself killed by Neil during the diner meeting for his troubles until a momentary distraction caused by a police car patrolling the area allowed Waingro to escape with his life. He would later be hired by Roger Van Zant, who secretly plots the elimination of Neil's team.
* {{FiveFiveFive}}: When Neil is asked for the telephone number he is calling from so they can call him back from a different number, he looks at the pay phone, reads a correct area code for Los Angeles County, 818, but the phone number he gives is a seven-digit number beginning with "1". For technical reasons, regular telephone numbers in North America - US, Canada and the Caribbean Countries - ''cannot'' start with "1".



* FunnyBackgroundEvent / VisualPun: During the bank robbery shootout, there is a moment where Shiherlis crouches behind a car with the license plate "2LUP382" to reload his Colt M733 assault rifle. Per British Army terminology, this means "Second Lying Up Position", and this happens to be the second time Shiherlis is in this position.

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent / VisualPun: FunnyBackgroundEvent: During the bank robbery shootout, there is a moment where Shiherlis crouches behind a car with the license plate "2LUP382" to reload his Colt M733 assault rifle. Per British Army terminology, this means "Second Lying Up Position", and this happens to be the second time Shiherlis is in this position.
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Averted. Every thing outdoors was filmed on location, and nothing is doubling for another location. The armored car robbery, for instance, is on Venice Boulevard beneath the I-10 and I-110 interchange, with the Convention Center visible in the background of several shots.
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