"You don't live with me, you live among the remains of dead people..."
Description - Diane Verona as Justine Hanna speaks to her police detective husband, Vincent (Al Pacino) in the motion picture Heat (1995).
Justine continues her assessment: "You sift through the detritus, you read the terrain, you search for signs of passing, for the scent of your prey... and then you hunt them down. That’s the only thing you’re committed to. The rest is the mess you leave as you pass through.”
When Vincent criticizes Diane, she retaliates, “I may be stoned on grass and Prozac, but you’ve been walking through our life dead.”
Later, sitting "face-to-face" at a restaurant with thief Neil McCauley (Robert DeNiro), Vincent admits his life hasn't been going as well as he'd like.
“My life’s a disaster zone. I got a stepdaughter who’s all fucked up because her real father is this large type asshole. I got a wife who I’m passing on the down slope of a marriage, my third, because I spend all my time chasing guys like you around the corner.”
Neil listened patiently to Vincent's "barbeques and ballgames" sort on life, then he offered his own take on relationships.
"A guy told me one time, 'Don't let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner.' Now, if you're on me and you gotta move when I move, how do you expect to keep a... a marriage?"
With the domestic talk out of the way, the cop and crook get down to basics:
|Vincent:||You know, we are sitting here, you and I, like a couple of regular fellas. You do what you do, and I do what I gotta do. And now that we’ve been face to face, if I’m there and I gotta put you away, I won’t like it. But I tell you, if it’s between you and some poor bastard whose wife you’re gonna turn into a widow, brother, you are going down.|
|Neil:||There is a flip side to that coin. What if you do got me boxed in and I gotta put you down? Cause no matter what, you will not get in my way. We’ve been face to face, yeah. But I will not hesitate. Not for a second.|
After Neil McCauley hits a brinks truck and steals bearer bonds from Van Zant, he turns around and tries to sell them back to the guy. Not amused at being robbed, Van Zant sends hit men to the money drop site to take them out. McCauley anticipates the businessman’s move and then kills all the competition. He later phones Van Zant and leaves a special message.
|Van Zant:||What are you doing?|
|McCauley:||What am I doing? I’m talking to an empty telephone.|
|Van Zant:||I don’t understand.|
|McCauley:||‘Cause there is a dead man on the other end of this fuckin’ line.|
Before leaving town, McCauley kills Van Zant. Then Det. Vincent Hanna hunts down McCauley at the airport and mortally wounds him on the runway as he tries to escape justice.