The Actual Southern California
1995's "Heat" was filmed.
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MAP of all "Heat"
locations with aerial photos! ]
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.
Cop Al Pacino and crook Robert De Niro meet face to face for the first
time in a restaurant,
where they discuss their lives and warn each other that neither
will hesitate to kill the other if it comes to a showdown.
meeting was filmed at an actual restaurant, the popular Kate
located at 9101 Wilshire Blvd. (at
Doheny), in Beverly
this was the first time that Pacino & De Niro appeared together in
movie, even though both had been making gangster movies for over 25 years.
They had a near miss in 1974, when both of them appeared in "The Godfather
but since that film was divided into two different eras, the 1910s and
they were never seen together on the screen.)
We are back at Bob's Big Boy,
only this time we are inside the diner where
parolee Dennis Haysbert is slaving behind the hot grill. De Niro and Val
having a meal, waiting for a call from the driver on their upcoming bank
When the driver is forced to back out of the heist, De Niro recruits hapless
Dennis to be his driver for the bank robbery (which Dennis doesn't survive).
mentioned earlier, this is a real Bob's
Big Boy restaurant, and is
located at 4211 W Riverside Drive,
Van Zant and his
men, tipped by Waingro, invade Trejo's
house (an unusual house
on stilts), hanging off the side of a hilltop. They torture Trejo'swife until he finally
tells them about De Niro's upcoming bank robbery. One of Van Zant's men,
a police informant, tips off the police about the robbery. Later, De Niro
finds Trejo dying in the house, and puts him out of his misery.
unique house-on-stilts can be found at 1219 Dodds Circle,
in in the Boyle Heights/City Terrace
area of East L.A.
The big bank robbery
begins. The robbery scenes were shot inside a real bank,
the Far East Bank,
at 350 S. Grand Ave.
(at the corner of 5th Street & Grand),
in downtown Los Angeles.
However, once De Niro's crew head out of
the bank, we don't see the real
front of the Far East bank. Instead, they filmed the exit outside the 444
Building, at 444 S. Flower St.
(at 5th & Flower)
which is to the west of Grand Ave.
Note the large
geometrical shapes they walk past(in
the photo below);
this is a work of art is titled “North, East, South, West”, and it is located
the doors of the 48-story office building at 444
S. Flower . The same shapes were
also seen in "Fight Club".
(The fact that you can read "444" above the door,
when Tom Sizemore walks out, is another good hint....)
When Al Pacino gets word that the bank robbery is underway, he heads there
and catches up with the robbers as they are about to make their getaway.
A savage shoot-out ensues in the streets
of downtown L.A. Most of the filming took place on 5th
Street and Figueroa
photo below, we are looking back east/northeast as one of the getaway cars
heads west on W. 5th Street,
as itpasses S. Flower Street
and heads under a pedestrian
bridge that spans
5th St. between the Bonaventure
Hotel & the Paul Hastings tower
The cluster of palm trees
you see behind the car is on the northeast corner of
5th Street & flower..
In the photo below,
we (and Val Kilmer) are looking west down 5th
The police have positioned their cars across 5th street to block the onramps
to the Harbor (110) Freeway., which
lies just beyond that next pedestrian bridge.
Kilmer opens up on them, blasting the cop cars with a hail of automatic
In the photo below, we are looking northwest
across Figueroa Street,
De Niro runs to rescue the wounded Val Kilmer. The escalators
visible in the background
are part of the Union Bank Plaza,
at the northwest corner of Figueroa and
Locations marked with an asterisk may be located in high-crime areas. Exercise
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Some of the photos on this
page are stills from the DVD
(which you can buy by clicking
here) and are copyright Warner Bros.