HEAT
1995, Warner Bros., 170 min, USA, Dir: Michael Mann

In Michael Mann’s searing L.A. crime epic, Lieutenant Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) hunts Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) and his professional crew of thieves as they prepare for one last big “retirement” bank holdup. The thin blue line between crime and law proves as ambiguous as ever in this brilliant work of parallel storylines and character doubling. With Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Ashley Judd, Natalie Portman and a host of other ace supporting players.


SERPICO
1973, Paramount, 130 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Lumet

Easygoing policeman Frank Serpico (Al Pacino in one of his best performances) loves what he does and has a great time doing it - until he slowly discovers that his fellow officers are enmeshed in corruption. Serpico goes undercover to expose the truth and learns that doing the right thing has a very high price. An early example of director Sidney Lumet's preoccupation with ethics and the law, and one of the great New York cop movies of all time.


THE GODFATHER PART II
1974, Paramount, 200 min, USA, Dir: Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola expands upon and deepens the themes of THE GODFATHER with this ambitious sequel. The film follows mob chieftain Al Pacino as he ruthlessly consolidates power in the Las Vegas gambling world of the late 1950s, while simultaneously flashing back to father Robert De Niro’s brutal induction into the Mafia in 1900s Sicily and New York. Most of the cast returned from the first film, with superb help from Gaston Moschin, Leopoldo Trieste and Lee Strasberg as Jewish crime boss Hyman Roth. Coppola’s parallel structure allows him to compare and contrast two American eras and consider the political and cultural changes of the 20th century, an approach that makes THE GODFATHER PART II an epic work of art as well as one of the most entertaining crime movies ever made.


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