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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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Angela
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Michael Glenn (as Thom J. Sharp)
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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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Lawyer Peter Lowenstein (Ted Danson) states that oral sex is not illegal in Florida. However, Florida statute 800.02 made "unnatural and lascivious acts", which included oral-genital contact, a misdemeanor. In 2003 the US Supreme Court struck down all sodomy laws. See more »

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Characters at outdoor concert fan themselves (presumably to show how hot it is), even though there is obviously a heavy breeze that would make such activity superfluous. See more »

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Matty: Well, some men, once they get a whiff of it, they trail you like a hound.
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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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