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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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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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When classified by the Australian Censor for theaters and videotape during the early 1980s, the picture garnered an "M" rating both times, suitable for persons 15 years and older. Years later, when classified for DVD in that country in the late 1990s and 2000s, the film garnered the higher MA 15+ rating again both times, which restricts audiences to fifteen years and older. After a period of thirty years, it is more likely for a film to be re-classified with a lower age restrictive rating, but in this instance down under, as with The Silence of the Lambs (1991), the picture achieved the unusual feat of getting a higher age restrictive classification rating. See more »

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Lowenstein states that oral sex is not illegal in Florida. Florida statute 800.02 made "unnatural and lascivious acts", which included oral-genital contact, a misdemeanor until all sodomy laws were struck down by the US Supreme Court in 2003. See more »

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Ned: Hey lady, ya wanna fuck?
Mary Ann: Gee, I don't know. Maybe. This sure is a friendly town.
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That Old Feeling
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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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