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"In this town, the heat can kill you."

This American crime film was directed by British director Danny Cannon. Harry Collins(Ray Liotta) is a good cop in Phoenix, unlike several of his compatriots. Unfortunately Harry has a habitual gambling problem that leaves him indebted to a local loan shark name Louie. Louie offers Harry a deal in order to wipe his debt clean. Harry must kill a witness named Joey, who is in prison. Harry can't fathom doing something so awful.

Harry's partner Mike offers to perform the deed for Harry. Harry refuses and devises a scheme to rob Louie the loan shark of the money he keeps hidden in his strip club. The cops are all on the take with Louie, and work for him secretly. Harry asks Mike, James, and Fred to help him accomplish the robbery. Harry wants to go off with the barmaid, Leila, after he accomplishes the robbery.

Dirty cop Webber, ruins the plan by killing Fred and mortally shooting Harry. The cops ambush the group and start shooting. Mike shoots James when he tries to turn himself in. The cops subsequently shoot Mike, and Harry is able to escape to Webber's house. Harry is able to get the money that Webber took. He goes to Chicago with the money from Webber to pay off his debt. Harry informs Chicago that Joey will not speak because he told him to keep his mouth shut. Chicago tell Harry Joey was silenced by someone in prison he hired to slit Joey's throat. Chicago then tells Harry next time to do it his way. In a fury of disbelief Harry draws his gun and shoots everyone dead. He walks away from the restaurant and gets in his car and drives off. Later on the side of the road Harry dies from his gunshot wounds.

This movie is rated R, and full of violence, and profanity. The film runs one hour and fifty-three minutes. The movie is indicated to be for a mature viewing audience.

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| 1998 | 1 hr 53 min | 6.4/10
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Christian Petzold, Danny Cannon
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