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(1988)

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The film crew applied for a permit to film in the Red Square but the application was denied, so the crew had to "sneak-film" the Red Square scenes. They dressed Arnold Schwarzenegger up in the uniform and filmed him as though making an amateur/home movie with just a couple of crew people present.
Walter Hill, thinking Arnold Schwarzenegger was too muscular, asked him to lose ten pounds for his role and Jim Belushi, to gain ten pounds.
The bad guy who Ivan Danko shoots on the steps in Moscow was played by one of Hungary's leading action-movie actors. In an interview, he said that until he met Arnold Schwarzenegger and the others in the film he thought of himself as a muscular and tough actor. He subsequently described himself as a "small potato".
The name and signature above Ivan Danko in the hotel guest book are of Jim Morrison, lead singer for The Doors.
For the Joliet prison scene, two hundred real inmates were used as extras.
Arnold Schwarzenegger spent three months learning to speak Russian. Jim Belushi spent two weeks working at a Chicago police district headquarters.
In an attempt to best convey to Arnold Schwarzenegger how he should capture the essence of his character, Walter Hill suggested that he watch Greta Garbo's performance in Ninotchka (1939) and emulate her character. Schwarzenegger complied and, according to Hill, got a handle on his character right away.
The film is dedicated to its stunt coordinator, Bennie E. Dobbins. Dobbins died of a heart attack on the set while staging the film's snow fight scene in Ramsau, Austria.
The drug dealer wearing a white suit called 'Lupo' that Rostavili (Ed O'Ross) meets outside the bus station is the same 'Lupo' that appears in Extreme Prejudice (1987) (also played there by Luis Contreras). He appears at the end after Nick Nolte has shot Powers Boothe, and tells him "now you get to wear the white suit".
Ivan Danko uses a gun called "Podbyrin 9.2 mm". Its actually a modified western Desert Eagle Magnum. The Podbyrin does not exist. Its a made up prop for the movie.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Belushi would later work together again in Jingle All the Way (1996), although Jim does have a cameo in Last Action Hero (1993).
Walter Hill conceived of the idea for the film because he and Arnold Schwarzenegger had long wanted to work together:

"I didn't want to do sci-fi and it's tough to use Arnold credibly in an American context with his accent. I thought it would be interesting if he could play a Russian cop in the US. I wanted to do a traditional John Wayne/Clint Eastwood larger-than-life movie. You then ask the question: Will the American audience accept an unapologetic Soviet hero, someone who will not defect at the end of the movie?"
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Walter Hill deliberately chose to tone down the Arnold Schwarzenegger persona, making him more realistic and less prone to wisecracks: "I had confidence in him as an actor. I didn't want him just to throw a Volkswagen over a building. Arnold has an ability to communicate that cuts through cultures and countries. They just love to see this guy win. But everyone thinks it's his muscles. It's not that at all: it's his face, his eyes. He has a face that's a throwback to a warrior from the Middle Ages, or ancient Greece".
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Walter Hill wanted to use buses rather than cars in the climactic action scene because it would be more interesting. "Also, I thought it was very appropriate for Arnold. He doesn't fit well in cars."
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In the scene at the fitness studio where Viktor 'Rosta' Rostavili's girlfriend works, people are exercising to music. The record they are dancing to is Ramos - Jackin' National Anthem. This is a very early House Music track. House music originated in Chicago where the film is set, but at that time would not have been well known outside of Chicago. Chicago spawned this music genre and this is the earliest use of House Music in mainstream movies. Around the time of the making of this film, Acid House was just starting. This music was also from Chicago but relatively unknown outside the city at the time was produced using a Japanese synthesizer called a Roland TB-303. 303 is also the hotel room number that Arnold Schwarzenegger stays in.
Red Heat was partially re-cut to be shorter movie. Amongst the scenes which were deleted there was an entire part of the plot cut which included Viktor's wife Cat trying to help Art and other cops to set up a trap for Viktor in a park during the baseball game while he is on some deal, but it turns out that Viktor was lying to Cat and cops are left empty handed. Removal of these scenes and some others is reason why right after the hotel shootout between Danko and Cleanheads last act of the movie seems too fast paced and not really that well explained. Novelization of the movie however includes all deleted scenes.
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Rush Hour (1998) is considered to be a remake of Red Heat (1988). Both films are about tough foreign policemen whom goes to the United States and partner up with cocky American policemen and they set out to take on crime lords from the foreign policemen's own countries.
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In the scene in the coffee shop after the shoot out in the hospital, Ridzik shows Danko the different kinds of police reports. The title on the report shown by the camera is: "Worthless Document Case Report/ Chicago Police."
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The movie was a box office success, but was far outpaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger's other film in 1988, Twins.
Walter Hill said of James Horner's score, "I told James I wanted something like you're in the Olympics and you've just won a gold medal," said Hill. "I wanted something heroic."
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At one point in the movie Danko is discussing (in Russian) America's heroin problem. He makes a reference to a location in the U.S. as being a particular problem. He says (in Russian) "...Gharlem..." which should properly be translated to English as Harlem. In the translation sub-titles the location is "...Miami...". However, the UK DVD release has the correct translation.
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Walter Hill described the film as "in an odd way it's a traditional love story between these two guys.
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Marjorie Bransfield, Jim Belushi's second wife, makes a cameo as a Waitress.
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Scene was filmed but deleted in which Danko has to prove himself as a strong man to the Cleanheads in prison scene in order to talk with their boss. After lifting some weights, Danko also fights with one of the Cleanheads gang members. Some photos and still-shots show this deleted scene.
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Many stills and pictures show deleted scene in which Danko is running out of the Garvin hotel after shootout with Cleanheads and after Viktor jumps into the river. Removal of this extended chase scene is reason why there is a strange jump cut in the movie where scene cuts to the aftermath of the shootout with police investigating the hotel without explaining what happened to Viktor and why didn't Danko go after him.
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When the film premiered on the ITV network in the UK in the early 1990s. All 'F' words used in the film were removed for example, the theatrical version when Danko and Ridzik emerge from the bus and it crashes in the aftermath of the bus chase.
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Walter Hill had wanted to re-team with Arnold Schwarzenneger for an untitled prison picture, but it never materialised.
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Art asks Ivan what Viktor did to piss of the Russian government by saying "What did he do, piss on the Kremlin wall or something? " This is most likely a reference to Ozzy Osbourne pissing on the Alamo which occurred roughly 6 years prior to this film's release.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Laurence Fishburne share the same birthday, July 30th.
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The whole torn 100 dollar bill thing is most likely inspired by the Rosenberg Spies, Julius Rosenberg used a torn Jell-O box lid to confirm his contact (or so it is said). The Rosenberg ' s were convicted for treason and executed stemming from accusations of feeding nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union.
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Brion James has the small role of Streak the informant.
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Sven-Ole Thorsen makes a cameo as Nikolai.
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Kurt Fuller makes a cameo as a Detective.
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The lead locomotive on the train was Chicago & North Western (CNW) 4299 which is a rebuilt EMD GP7R.
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Peter Jason makes a cameo as a Newsreader.
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Two actors played DC villains: Arnold Schwarzenegger played Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin. Brion James did the voice for RudyJones/The Parasite in Superman: The Animated Series.
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The movie had a mixed response from critics.
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During filming the producers tried to have the city move the sculpture by Alexander Calder on Dearborn Ave. over a few feet in order to accommodate a bus chase. Due to the immensity of the sculpture and the fact that it is made of solid steel, the city declined and the scene was cut.
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In the film, Viktor Rosta was born in 1944. Ed O'Ross, who plays Rosta, was born in 1946.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In this film and Raw Deal (1986), Arnold Schwarzenegger is compared to Det. "Dirty" Harry Callahan for his weapon choice.
Between Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Brubaker and Eric Mansker, all three have appeared in the first two "Predator" movies.

The latter two have performed stunts in them, however Mansker (a villain in this film, though his character name 'Ali' isn't ever mentioned at all), is seen in the penthouse scene in Predator 2 (1990) (again as a villain) before being killed off by the Predator. Of course, Schwarzenegger was the lead actor in Predator (1987).
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