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.
Following the armored car robbery,
the four crew members (Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Kevin
Gage & Tom Sizemore)
meet inside a diner. The robbery
but one member, 'Waingro', lost his head and slaughtered the men guarding
the armored car.
In the restaurant, De Niro roughs up 'Waingro', then drags him outside
and tries to kill him.
These scenes were shot at an
actual restaurant, a place called Johnie's Broiler,
located at 7447 Firestone Blvd, in
Downey, CA, about 12 miles southeast
of downtown L.A.
When I visited the place a few years back, the restaurant was still open
and doing business,
and was still being used for filming of movies such as "Short Cuts,"
"What's Love Got To Do With It?", "Unstrung Heroes"
& "Reality Bites".
In January of 2007, the building was illegally demolished. But there's
In 2009, the property was acquired by Bob's Big Boy, who rebuilt the diner,
the original 1958 plans, and some of the materials salvaged from Johnie's,
so the new Big Boy closely resembles the original Googie-style restaurant.
It even has its own website, at bobsbigboybroiler.com.
And they are once
again using it as a filming location, for productions such as "Mad
Robert De Niro, a pro who believes in "never getting attached to anything
you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat
corner," meets up with the woman who will make him reconsider that
rule. He and
'Eady' (Amy Brenneman)
meet at the counter of a restaurant.
And as you might
guess, it's a real restaurant. It's called the Broadway
Deli, but no, it's not located
on Broadway; it's at the south end of 3rd
Street Promenade in Santa Monica.
more modern & upscale than your average deli, and attracts its fair
share of celebs.
The exact address 1457 3rd Street Promenade,
and it is just a few steps north of the Santa Monica Place mall (the
exterior of which served as the infamous Ridgemont High
in the opening credits of 1982's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High").
[Update: As of 2012, the Broadway Deli appears to have closed.]
'Lt. Vincent Hanna' (Al Pacino)
and his partner travel to a dangerous-looking shanty town,
where they walk past a dog-fighting / cock-fighting operation, and
interrogate informant 'Albert Torena' (Ricky
Harris). This unusual location was found
on Terminal Island,
located just across the Vincent
Thomas Bridge from
(east of) San Pedro, CA.
(You don't want to go there. Trust me.) *.
'Donald Breedan' (Dennis Haysbert,
you may know him as 'President David Palmer'
on TV's "24") is a parolee just out of prison, who goes to work
at a local diner,
work is hard and the owner is corrupt. Here, we see the back of that diner,
which is, in reality
the world's oldest Bob's Big Boy
restaurant, located at 4211 W Riverside
Drive, in the
city of Burbank.
We'll see this same diner later in
the film in a key role...
Al Pacino goes to a Koreatown strip mall,
and makes his way to a hidden
dance club downstairs, where he interviews his informant's brother (Tone
That small Asian shopping center is located at the southwest
corner of W. 8th Street
and S. Serrano Avenue. in the Koreatown
section of Los
Angeles, two streets
south of Wilshire Blvd., and two streets east of Western Ave. The Asian
video store that Al Pacino parks in front of is located
in the center, at 3506 W. 8th Street. *
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.