The Actual Southern California
1995's "Heat" was filmed.
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due to the gritty nature of "Heat", some of its filming locations
are found in urban areas
that may have a high crime rate, and could be dangerous to visit. Exercise
Before each scene
description, you will see a number (for example: 00:07:05);
this is the time of the movie (on the
DVD) when the scene appears.
At the start of "Heat", during the opening credits, we see an
train pulling into an L.A. station.
This Metro train station is real, but it's actually found
in Redondo Beach (near the Lawndale
border), at the south end of the Metro Green Line.
The stop is called the "Marine/Redondo station",
and is located at 2406 Marine Avenue,
just west of the 405 Freeway.
(It is also, by the way, the
very same train station that director Michael Mann used
at the end of his 2005 film "Collateral",
in the scene where taxi driver Jamie Fox
finally escapes from assassin Tom Cruise.)
recognize this Green Line station by its unique, blue dome.
We see 'Neil McCauley' (Robert De Niro)
walk into a hospital (with
of Michelangelo's 'The Pieta' outside); he walks through its halls, and
out the back door,
where he steals an ambulance
(which is later used in the big armored car robbery.)
is a real hospital, St. Mary Medical Center,
1050 Linden Ave.,
in Long Beach, CA.
see it again later in the film when
Pacino visits it for an entirely different reason.)
hospital's 'Holy Family' statues, usually located above its fluorescent
were replaced by the full-size copy of Michelangelo's "The Pieta"
for the movie.
This hospital has been used in many films, including "Blade"
& "The X-Files" movie.
We see 'Chris Shiherlis' (Val Kilmer)
walk past rows of bulldozers and into the
building of a dusty construction depot,
where he buys (what we later discover to be)
explosives at the counter. This is supposed to be in Arizona. It
was actually shot at a heavy equipment rental place called
Quinn / Shepherd Machinery,
located at 10006 Rose Hills Road,
City of Industry, CA.,
just off the 605 Freeway, about 16 miles east of downtown L.A.
(Rose Hills is
also a nearby 'memorial park', well known for its lush rose gardens.)
We see 'Waingro' (Kevin Gage)
ask for a refill at this Mexican food stand
(covered with colorful murals),
then he hitches a ride aboard a truck driven by
'Michael Cheritto' (Tom Sizemore),
on their way to the armored car robbery.
was filmed at an actual food stand (in a bad neighborhood) at 1233
S Western Ave.,
at the northwest corner of Pico & Western, near Koreatown.
I'm not sure what the current
name of the stand is, but it's located next to (south of) the Western-Pico
At the time the movie was shot, it may have been called El Centauro Del Norte,
and the roof still bears the remnants of a sign that later read "Pico
The big armored car robbery
begins. The armored car approaches the
trap, as the stolen ambulance blocks its path, and the truck lies in wait...
The robbery takes place at the junction
of the Harbor (110) Freeway
& the Santa Monica (10) Freeway,
just south of downtown L.A.
photo above, we are looking west down Venice
Blvd., just west of the corner
of Venice Blvd & Figueroa St. The
armored car is heading east on
after passing under the Harbor (110) Freeway.
photo above, the green truck
driven by Tom Sizemore comes roaring out of its hiding
place, which is to the north of Venice
Blvd, in a road area under
freeway onramps (which feed traffic from
the 10 Freeway to the northbound 110.)
background, just to the northeast, you can see the curved
blue-green walls of the Los Angeles Convention
photo below, the truck smashes into
the armored car, knocking it over.
is moving across Venice Blvd,
from north to south.
Locations marked with an asterisk may be located in high-crime areas. Exercise
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