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Body Heat (1981)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lanna Saunders ...
Carola McGuinness ...
Michael Ryan ...
Larry Marko ...
Deborah Lucchesi ...
Lynn Hallowell ...
Michael Glenn (as Thom J. Sharp)


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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Release Date:

28 August 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuerpos ardientes  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$564,593, 30 August 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,058,838, 31 December 1981
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


At the end of the movie, as Ned thumbs through the yearbook, the way he flips through the pages is wrong. He looks at "Tyler" first, then flips the page forward for "Simpson". Since "S" comes before "T", he should have flipped the pages backwards to see the "Simpson" photo. See more »


Ned: You better take me up on this quick. In about 45 minutes, I'm going to give up and go away.
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Referenced in Remington Steele: Steele on the Air (1986) See more »


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Music and Lyrics by Bob Seger (uncredited)
as Performed by Bob Seger
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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One of Those Films That Is So Hot and Humid That It Makes All the Glass Fog Up.
3 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

A lightning fast affair develops between the ultra-hot and erotic Kathleen Turner and small-time Florida attorney William Hurt in the middle of an unprecedented heatwave in "Body Heat", arguably the most under-rated and most under-appreciated movie of the 1980s. Turner is the wife of a ridiculously rich businessman (Richard Crenna) and soon an elaborate plan hatches to kill him so the duo can be together forever. Naturally there is a lot more to Turner than meets the eye (Boy that is an understatement!) and Hurt becomes trapped in a super-steamy, but also highly dangerous relationship. Will the heat be too much for him in the end and are Turner's motives as clear as they appear? "Body Heat" could best be described as "Double Indemnity" for the sexed-up 1980s crowd. The sex is excessive and intense. By the end of the picture you feel like you had known Turner and Hurt for years (even though both were relative newcomers). Writer/director Lawrence Kasdan hit a major grand-slam with his first film-making venture. He had done work writing for the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" group of films, but this was the first project where he went exclusively out on his own. No one knew really what to make of the movie in 1981 and thus it did fair business at the box office and was indifferent with the critics (it failed any Oscar consideration). As the years pass it becomes monumentally important to modern film-making and a classic homage to film noir-styled over-excesses. Brilliantly made in every way, well-acted, superbly written and directed, "Body Heat" is one of those films that forces you to look, let your hair down and eventually loosen your collar. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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