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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edmund Walker
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Jane Hallaren ...
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Roz Kraft
Carola McGuinness ...
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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 »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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18 September 1981 (USA)  »

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Cuerpos ardientes  »

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The main trailer features scenes and sound from the picture, particularly its chimes, but features no dialogue from the film's actors. See more »


Just before seeing the clown driving a car, Ned Racine walks into reflected sunlight. This light causes the camera and crew to cast a large and distinct moving shadow on the road next to his convertible. See more »


Peter: I think I've underestimated you, Ned. I don't know why it took me so long. You've started using your incompetence as a weapon.
Ned: My defense was evolving. You guys got scared.
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Feel Like a Number
Music and Lyrics by Bob Seger (uncredited)
as Performed by Bob Seger
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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8 April 2005 | by (Overland Park, Ks.) – See all my reviews

This movie was brilliant in almost every way possible. After seeing it the fourth time, I finally bumped it from a nine to a ten. The chemistry between Hurt and Turner was sensational. The story was very clever. The twist was surprising.

If you want a suspense thriller where you think you know what is going on, but don't know as much as you thought, this is it.

I had seen it before a couple times, but I hadn't seen it in years. Rarely does a movie interest me as much the second or third time around, but this one did. I started thinking about how the writer was leading us along with little bits of information and how the characters were seeing the same. I know Kasden got the the idea from Double Indemnity, but he did a great job with it. The writing was excellent and I don't compliment the writing very often.

The pacing was precisely what you would expect from a 1940's style movie as this was. The dim lighting, the lack of cool air in the summer, the sound track - especially the sax - all just right.

I can't imagine anyone not liking this movie unless it was just too hot!

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