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Body Heat (1981)

In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades 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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28 August 1981 (USA)  »

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Cuerpos ardientes  »

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$564,593, 30 August 1981, Limited Release

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$24,058,838, 31 December 1981
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The Ladd Company head Alan Ladd Jr. didn't like the mustache on William Hurt, feeling that it looked sleazy, and wanted it removed. Despite getting his big directorial break from Ladd, director Lawrence Kasdan refused to do this. See more »

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Fog depicted in some scenes, is unheard of along the South Florida coast in summertime. See more »

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Oscar: Whatcha got for pie today, Stella?
Stella: I got cherry, cherry and cherry.
Oscar: Well, what do you recommend?
Stella: I like the cherry.
Oscar: Bring it on.
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Referenced in Remington Steele: Steele on the Air (1986) 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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Great advert for film noir
8 March 2005 | by 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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