Trivia / Red Heat

  • California Doubling: Budapest substituted for Russia for some scenes.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Arnold Schwarzenegger lost and James Belushi gained weight for their roles.
  • Fake Russian: Arnold Schwarzenegger, and some of his "Soviet" co-workers as well.
  • In Memoriam: The film is dedicated to its stunt coordinator, Bennie E. Dobbins, who died from a heart attack on the set.
  • Market-Based Title:
    • The film's title was changed to character-centric Danko in Italy (with a hammer-and-sickle forming the centre of the D, natch).
    • Known is French as Double Détente, which can be translated as either "Double Détente" (because it's set during this period of the Cold War) or "Double Trigger".
  • Similarly Named Works: There's also a women-in-prison film called Red Heat from 1985.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: With its plot about a Soviet cop teaming up with an American cop to catch a Georgian drug lord that has fled to America, this could only have been filmed in the period where Soviet-American relations improved in the late 80s but before the collapse of the USSR in 1991. There is a scene that stands out even more than the rest, when we are shown that the Georgians "made it to America": they wear American clothes, sit on an American car and American music sounds in the background. Nowadays, this scene feels like "the Georgians made it to the '80s": they wear '80s clothes, sit on an '80s car and '80s music sounds in the background. Even the scenes set in the Soviet Union look less dated.
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