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Body Heat -- 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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Director:
Writer:
Lawrence Kasdan (written by)
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Release Date:
18 September 1981 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A sultry, sweaty update of Double Indemnity See more (147 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Hurt ... Ned Racine

Kathleen Turner ... Matty Walker

Richard Crenna ... Edmund Walker

Ted Danson ... Peter Lowenstein

J.A. Preston ... Oscar Grace

Mickey Rourke ... Teddy Lewis

Kim Zimmer ... Mary Ann
Jane Hallaren ... Stella
Lanna Saunders ... Roz Kraft
Carola McGuinness ... Heather Kraft
Michael Ryan ... Miles Hardin
Larry Marko ... Judge Costanza
Deborah Lucchesi ... Beverly
Lynn Hallowell ... Angela
Thom Sharp ... Michael Glenn (as Thom J. Sharp)
Ruth Thom ... Mrs. Singer
Diane Lewis ... Glenda
Robert Traynor ... Prison Trustee
Meg Kasdan ... Nurse
Ruth P. Strahan ... Betty The Housekeeper
Filomena Triscari ... Hostess at Tulio's
Bruce A. Lee ... Man on Beach
Ramiro Velasco ... Cuban Trio
Tomas Choy ... Cuban Trio
Servio T. Moreno ... Cuban Trio

Directed by
Lawrence Kasdan 
 
Writing credits
Lawrence Kasdan (written by)

Produced by
Fred T. Gallo .... producer
Robert Grand .... associate producer
George Lucas .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Richard H. Kline (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Carol Littleton 
 
Casting by
Wallis Nicita  (as Wally Nicita)
 
Production Design by
Bill Kenney 
 
Set Decoration by
Rick Gentz  (as Rick T. Gentz)
 
Costume Design by
Renié  (as Renie Conley)
 
Makeup Department
Robert Sidell .... makeup artist (as Robert A. Sidell)
Adele Taylor .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Robert Grand .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeffrey Chernov .... second assistant director
Michael Grillo .... first assistant director
Bruce Humphrey .... directors guild trainee
 
Art Department
Robert L. Anderson .... construction coordinator
Dennis Butterworth .... greens foreman
Ray Jarvis .... stand-by painter
Richard McKenzie .... set designer
Robert Planck .... leadman
Sig Tingloff .... set designer (as Sig Tinglof)
Sonny Van Hecke .... assistant property master
Robert J. Visciglia Sr. .... property master (as Robert Visciglia Sr.)
Doug Wilson .... paint foreman
Dave Margolin .... painter (uncredited)
Joseph Musso .... production illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jim Cook .... re-recording mixer (as James Cook)
Patrick Drummond .... sound editor
Robert Grieve .... sound editor
Maury Harris .... production sound mixer
Chris Jenkins .... re-recording mixer (as Christopher Jenkins)
Richard Portman .... re-recording mixer
David Sanucci .... boom man
 
Special Effects by
Hal Bigger .... special effects man
Howard Jensen .... special effects supervisor
 
Stunts
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunt coordinator (as Bill Burton)
Steven Chambers .... stuntman (as Steve Chambers)
Gary Combs .... stuntman
James M. Halty .... stuntman (as Jim Halty)
Ron Stein .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Bettcher .... camera operator
Eric Engler .... camera assistant
Larry D. Howard .... gaffer
Pat King .... second grip
Michael McGowan .... camera operator
John Monte .... still photographer
Ted Morris .... electrical best boy
Ron Phillips .... still photographer
Robert Sordal .... key grip
William Tobin .... camera assistant (as Bill Tobin)
Robert A. Wise .... camera assistant
 
Casting Department
Pearl Kempton .... extras casting
Deborah Lucchesi .... casting coordinator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Winnie D. Brown .... costumer (as Winnie Brown)
Barbara Siebert .... costume supervisor (as Barbara Siebert Bolticoff)
 
Editorial Department
Bruce Cannon .... second assistant editor
Mia Goldman .... assistant editor
Robert Raring .... color timer
 
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Cliff Kohlweck .... music editor (as Clifford C. Kohlweck)
Dan Wallin .... scoring mixer
Ronnie Lang .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Michael Antunez .... transportation captain
James Antúnez .... transportation coordinator (as James Antunez)
Sam Segal .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Pamela Alch .... script supervisor
Celeste Angiolillo .... assistant: Mr. Kasdan
Lynne Birdt .... production coordinator
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Mark Indig .... location manager: Florida
Art Schaefer .... production accountant
Daniel Schneider .... location manager
Peter J. Silbermann .... unit publicist (as Peter Silbermann)
Bernie Styles .... production assistant (as Bernard S. Styles)
Tad Tadlock .... choreographer
Jim Bigham .... location manager (uncredited)
Bundy Chanock .... set medic (uncredited)
Shawn McAllister .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Ladd Company, The (as The Ladd Company thru Warner Bros - A Warner Communications Company)
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
113 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Australia:M (original rating) | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (tv rating) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1992) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) (1998) | USA:R (PCA #26275) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
After the success of The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), a filmed adaptation of a novel by James M. Cain, Butterfly (1982), another Cain adaption, was made and released in 1982. Body Heat (1981), like The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), was also released in 1981. Though not technically a remake of Double Indemnity (1944) (which was also from a novel by Cain), this movie did reference it considerably. The story and characters closely parallel the earlier film. Ned, Matty and Oscar in Body Heat (1981) are respectively Walter, Phyllis and Keyes from Double Indemnity (1944).See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Heather is picked up after her stay at Matty's house, the boom operator is reflected on the car.See more »
Quotes:
Ned:How's the cop business, Oscar?
Oscar:Real good. Always starts hopping in weather like this. When it gets this hot, people try to kill each other.
See more »
Movie Connections:
References "The Doctors" (1963)See more »
Soundtrack:
That Old FeelingSee more »

FAQ

Why was Edmund's new will deemed invalid?
What did Matty do prior to marrying Edmund that she didn't want him to know about?
Is 'Body Heat' based on a book?
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58 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
A sultry, sweaty update of Double Indemnity, 11 December 2004
Author: bmacv from Western New York

The coastal Florida town in Lawrence Kasdan's Body Heat brings to mind remote colonial outposts in movies like The Letter (nearby Miami, here, seems as far away as London). A sweltering spell of weather settles down for a long roost, and the distant glow of an old hotel – a relic of the peninsula's past as an exotic getaway for northerners with money – lights the opening scene; it's been torched for the insurance, an occurrence so common as to warrant little comment.

It's a town where William Hurt, a lawyer who's neither very bright nor very scrupulous, ekes out a modest existence that seems to suit him; he can dine at the best restaurant in town once a month so long as he doesn't order an appetizer. The rest of his time he spends lazily with bourbon or beer or in bed with whoever obliges him.

Then he meets up with Kathleen Turner, who hangs around cocktail lounges when her wheeler-dealer husband (Richard Crenna) is out of town, which is a lot. After the ritual game of cat-and-mouse, Turner and Hurt kindle a torrid romance, despite the enervating heat that keeps everything else limp as dishrags. Soon, the pillow talk works around to murder....

Of course, Body Heat is a latter-day version of the story for which Double Indemnity serves as archetype: Duplicitous woman seduces lust-addled stud into killing rich older husband, then leaves him to twist slowly, slowly in the wind. There's not even enough wind to stir the chimes that festoon the porch off Turner's bedroom -- can't the rich old cuckold spring for air conditioning? Hurt and Turner are reduced to emptying the refrigerator's ice tray into the post-coital bath they share -- but Hurt's left twisting nonetheless, in one of the better updates of this ageless tale.

In her movie debut, Turner makes her deepest impression with her best asset, that dimple-Haig voice of hers, all silk and smoke (but neither she nor Kasdan, who also wrote the script, quite justify her character's long and intricate back-story of ruthless scheming). With his long, lithe college-boy's build and wife-swapper's mustache left over from the '70s, Hurt embodies the self-satisfied patsy whose zipper leads him through life. Crenna (who played this Walter Neff role in the 1973 TV remake of Double Indemnity) now takes on the role of the disposable husband, the victim (or rather, the first victim).

But it's two smaller parts that give the movie a special shine. Mickey Rourke, as the local arsonist whom Hurt once helped out of a jam, ups the voltage in his two scenes, warning the heedless Hurt, then warning him again when it's all but too late. And, as Hurt's amiable adversary in the town's tiny legal circle, Ted Danson proves surprisingly spry and intuitive an actor (and he contributes a lovely little idyll, doing a soft-shoe routine under a street lamp on a pier). There's a twist or two too many in Body Heat -- it's a bit gimmicky -- but, after watching it, you feel as though you, too, should be stripping off your clothes, if only to wring them out.

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