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Body Heat (1981)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  18 September 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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Kim Zimmer (Mary Ann) had previously succeeded Kathleen Turner (Matty) in the role of Nola Dancy on the soap opera The Doctors (1963). The role of Matty had originally been offered to Zimmer, but the producers of "The Doctors" wouldn't give her time off to shoot the film. 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: You can stand here with me if you want but you'll have to agree not to talk about the heat.
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Great advert for film noir
8 March 2005 | by (Sri Lanka) – See all my reviews

Undoubtedly one of the great film noir thrillers in history. Derivative but superbly stylised by director Kasdan and wonderfully realised by Hurt and Turner.

Hurt is a very great actor. He had a string of well played roles in the '80s (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Children of a lesser god, Gorky Park) but his movie career lost momentum after that. Perhaps it's difficult for a cerebral actor like him to find challenging parts. Turner is super sexy, proving that a voluptuous figure or great facial features are not essentials to be a turn on. I hear that Body Heat was her first film. She plays her role with understated confidence.

The underrated theme music too is very good. Supporting cast is effective. Really no faults with this movie. Kasdan did an accomplished job. One can't help but be disappointed that he did not make many more good movies.

Some leading critics complain that the ending was over elaborate. I disagree. I think the ending touch works well with the atmosphere and momentum of the movie towards the end. This being a genre film noir movie, the plot is typical and familiar to almost anyone, but it still has great power and the movie irresistibly sucks the viewer in. You can't but help but admire the skills of the actors and Kasdan's sophisticated direction. The music is marvelously complimentary all the way through.

Great stuff.


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