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In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

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Edmund Walker
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Teddy Lewis
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Roz Kraft
Carola McGuinness ...
Heather Kraft
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Miles Hardin
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Beverly
Lynn Hallowell ...
Angela
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Michael Glenn (as Thom J. Sharp)
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Ned Racine is a seedy small town lawyer in Florida. During a searing heatwave he's picked up by married Matty Walker. A passionate affair commences but it isn't long before they realise the only thing standing in their way is Matty's rich husband Edmund. A plot hatches to kill him but will they pull it off? Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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It's a hot summer. Ned Racine is waiting for something special to happen. And when it does... He won't be ready for the consequences. See more »

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18 September 1981 (USA)  »

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In New York doing Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull" on stage, the was turned down for an audition for this film because she had no film credits. She has since said, "All I knew was that the role, Matty Walker, was the best part written for a woman in so many years. I tried to get an audition but I had no film experience and was unable to get one". About four months later, Turner was in Los Angeles pursuing a part in another picture when, with the part still not cast, she was granted an audition. She said, "They gave me a copy of the script and I immediately wanted it. After that reading they set up a screen test [with William Hurt]. I'd never tested for a film before, and it was pretty scary . . . walking into a studio, having make-up men and everybody turn you into their idea of what Matty should be". See more »

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Fog depicted in some scenes, is unheard of along the South Florida coast in summertime. See more »

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[Ned is getting the arson set-up from Teddy]
Teddy Lewis: I got a serious question for you: What the fuck are you doing? This is not shit for you to be messin' with. Are you ready to hear something? I want you to see if this sounds familiar: any time you try a decent crime, you got fifty ways you're gonna fuck up. If you think of twenty-five of them, then you're a genius... and you ain't no genius. You remember who told me that?
[Ned nods, "yes"]
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That Old Feeling
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
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Breaking the Code
13 November 2000 | by (Falls Church, VA USA) – See all my reviews

I remember watching the John Garfield and Lana Turner film noir classic `The Postman Always Rings Twice' with my mother when I was little. After the couple murdered Turner's husband, mom turned to me and said, `Watch. The two killers will be punished in the end.' `Why?' I asked. `It's the movie code,' she explained: Evil-doers must be punished."

While I'm not a fan of the sex and language direction that films have taken since the movie code died, part of the fun in watching `Body Heat' is knowing that there is a chance that either or both William Hurt and Kathleen Turner will get by with killing Turner's husband, played by Richard Crenna.

`Body Heat' is almost as good as `Double Indemnity,' which is considered by many to be best of the man-teams-with-woman-to-kill-her-husband genre. In `Indemnity' part of the fun is watching the Fred MacMurray character trying to outsmart his friend and mentor, played by Edward G. Robinson. In "Heat" Hurt has two friends he must deceive, cop J.A. Preston and a pre-`Cheers' assistant prosecutor Ted Danson. Try to figure out at what point they know Hurt is guilty.

The performances in `Body Heat' are excellent. In addition to Hurt, Turner, Crenna, Danson and Preston, this was Mickey Roarke's break-through role. Lawrence Kasden, who doesn't waste a shot, expertly directs the film. A great musical score by John Barry of James Bond composing fame expertly aids the steamy mood.


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