Comedy thriller, set in the latter days of the Prohibition period, about a private eye (Burt Reynolds) and a police lieutenant (Clint Eastwood) who team up to investigate a murder.
Originally called Kansas City Jazz, it had been written by Blake Edwards, who was also to direct. But Eastwood and Edwards disliked each other from their first meeting – according to Reynolds, Edwards brought out caviar and champagne when Eastwood is a beer and pretzels kinda guy – so exit Edwards and enter director Richard Benjamin.
Despite the on-set problems, City Heat is decent entertainment – a nostalgic sprint through Prohibition-era Kansas City, with Eastwood and Reynolds both lampooning themselves with accustomed ease and trying hard to re-create the chemistry of Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy in Boom Town.
Pitt Rip Torn
Tony Lo Bianco
Gerald S. O’loughlin