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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 Kathleen Turner did her second reading for writer-director Lawrence Kasdan, he said that it was the first time that some one had read the part of Matty Walker which sounded exactly the same as he had heard it in his head when he wrote the script. In an article in Photoplay (UK) magazine published in April 1982, it stated that the screen "test was too good to ignore and Kathleen coincided exactly with director Lawrence Kasdan's idea of Matty". See more »

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When Heather discovers Matty performing oral sex on Ned in the garden, instead of seeing her head where it should be, she is clearly seen crawling away from him, well before Heather exclaims, "Aunt Matty." See more »

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Peter: Assistant County Prosecutor is not the end of the line for me.
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That Old Feeling
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14 January 2005 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I bought the DVD because it was cheap and because Kathleen Turner was in it. Since it's not a very famous film I was surprised how good it was. The camera-work was great. Check out an early scene in the film when the camera starts behind the bar and slides around to follow William Hurt outside where he lights up and strikes a perfect pose leaning against the doorway like Bogart or someone from one of those forties films. Wonder how many takes that took. Hurt puts in a great performance. The fact that his character is called Ned Racine gives him a head start but it's a very challenging role to portray a guy who is at the same time dynamic, lazy, naive, charming and likable. All the performances are top drawer. Kathleen Turner does a great job as the femme fatale. Mickey Rourke is in just two scenes but grabs your attention in both. Ted Danson and JA Preston are good as Ned's friends. Richard Crenna plays the kind of assertive character he played in Rambo,which fits in here as he delivers a pivotal line which sums up the story.('You've got to know the bottom line')


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