Re: RARA-AVIS: Movie Question

Date: 01 Mar 2000

> A friend of mine was telling me about an old (1989) TV movie he watched
> not long ago on tape. It was called L.A. TAKEDOWN, and it was written
> and directed by Michael Mann. My friend says it's identical to a movie
> (HEAT, also a Mann movie) that was discussed here not long ago. Has anyone
> else seen both movies? If so, is my friend right?


I've only seen HEAT, but I read a lengthy article in FILM THREAT magazine that compared the two, and yes, they are nearly identical--even down to certain camera angles. It's as if Mann simply dusted off an old script and substituted his B-list actors with A-list actors.

--Duane Swierczynski

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