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Steven Sanders and R. Barton Palmer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748693542

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693542.001.0001

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Mann and His Movies1

Mann and His Movies1

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Michael Mann Cinema And Television

Jonathan Romney

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the films made by Michael Mann, one of the hardcore hustlers of American film and television and Hollywood's foremost urbanist. Mann's heroes are single-minded, to say the least. The athlete in his 1979 prison movie The Jericho Mile just runs, and when he's not running he sits in his empty cell, flexing. In Manhunter — Mann's 1986 precursor to The Silence of the Lambs — Hannibal Lecter doesn't even run, he just sits and snarls. And James Caan, as the larcenous hero of Thief, turns down an offer from the mob, spitting out: ‘I am Joe the Boss of my own body’. A hungry aspirant to the Stanley Kubrick class of control freak, Mann overlorded, as executive producer, the highly successful Miami Vice for several years. He finally won widespread acclaim, for ambition as much as achievement, with his mammoth treatment of the American wilderness epic The Last of the Mohicans (1992). But the film which finally has even previous detractors muttering about greatness is Heat.

Keywords:   film, Michael Mann, television, Hollywood, The Jericho Mile, Manhunter, Thief, Miami Vice, The Last of the Mohicans, Heat

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