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Body Heat (1981)

 -  Thriller  -  28 August 1981 (USA)
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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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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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As the temperature rises, the suspense begins. See more »

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Cuerpos ardientes  »

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Trivia

According to 'Halliwells', the movie was an "uncredited revamp of Double Indemnity (1944)" whilst 'The Virgin Film Guide' said that the movie "incorporates a plot reminiscent of Double Indemnity (1944)" whereas 'The Thriller Film Guide' said that the "plot (although not credited as such) is a virtual reworking of Double Indemnity (1944)". See more »

Goofs

When Heather is picked up after her stay at Matty's house, the boom operator is reflected on the car. See more »

Quotes

Ned: Maybe you shouldn't dress like that.
Matty: This is a blouse and a skirt. I don't know what you're talking about.
Ned: You shouldn't wear that body.
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Referenced in At the Movies: Summer Special 2008/09 (2008) See more »

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That Old Feeling
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Played in the score in a bar and at a concert
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The soundtrack/ scoring steals the show?
8 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I stumbled across 'Body Heat' recently during a late night channel surf, and I would have to say that I was also pleasantly surprised at the high quality of this movie.

Though the acting and direction are top notch, I felt the music really pushed the movie over the top. The hauntingly melancholic string work serves not only as ambiance, but also acts as narrative. The sweet yet cautionary score mirrors the plot theme of 'moth to the flame'- obvious danger yet unavoidably seductive beauty. To this day, it sends chills down my spine!

p.s. Ted Danson's 'happy go lucky, dancing fool' role is sublime. Reminds me of his 'Creepshow' role around this same time period, which is also great.


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