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Heat (1972)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  6 October 1972 (USA)
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"Heat" is a parody of "Sunset Boulevard." Joey Davis, an unemployed ex-child actor, uses sex to get his landlady, Lydia, to reduce his rent, and then tries to exert his influence on Sally ... See full summary »

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Joey Davis
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Sally Todd
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Pat Ast ...
Lydia
Ray Vestal ...
Ray
Lester Persky ...
Sidney (as P. J. Lester)
Eric Emerson ...
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Harold Childe ...
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John Hallowell ...
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Gary Koznocha ...
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Pat Parlemon ...
Girl at pool
Bonnie Walder ...
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"Heat" is a parody of "Sunset Boulevard." Joey Davis, an unemployed ex-child actor, uses sex to get his landlady, Lydia, to reduce his rent, and then tries to exert his influence on Sally Todd, who is now washed-up and wasn't even more than slightly important at the height of her career. Sally tries to help Joey, until he realizes that she just isn't well-connected enough to be of any service to him. The affair is complicated by Sally's psychotic, maybe-lesbian-or-maybe-not daughter Jessica, who tries to muscle in on her mother's relationship with Joey. Written by Jeff <Jeff32262@aol.com>

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The title song, "Days of Steam," was written and performed by John Cale, a founding member of the group The Velvet Underground. The song is taken from Cale's album The Academy in Peril (1972, Reprise). Andy Warhol agreed to do the cover art for the album in exchange for the use of "Days of Steam" in the film. See more »

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When Harold enters and greets Joe and Andrea, he mistakenly calls Andrea by her real name and not her character's name ("Jessica"). See more »

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[first lines]
Lydia: Hey! Don't throw that kid in the pool!
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There are no closing credits. It just says "End." See more »

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Surprisingly touching, seedy comedy
6 October 1999 | by (toronto) – See all my reviews

A funny, almost mystically seedy story about the impotent, vacuous end-point of trash culture - the former child star now a passive, blankly available icon of smooth flesh: fame and "art" (if there is such a thing) having become mere hollow commodities on the one hand, and a medium for posturing neediness on the other (Miles). The movie has all the elements of a Sunset Boulevard parody, but without any romantic nostalgia or bittersweetness; its depiction of raw desire and lust and loneliness is surprisingly touching despite the artifice and rough-shaped quality. It's unsettling too in depicting the fragility of its personae - Joe a pitiful application of celebrity, saying he's a musician and hanging out waiting for a deal that may never transpire; Miles' celebrity apparently mainly existing in the eyes of a group of sycophants whose power is in definite doubt; Miles' daughter flirting with lesbianism with a woman who abuses her. The ending is an excellently deadpan final note of impotence.


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