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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:
28 August 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:
The soundtrack/ scoring steals the show? See more (146 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
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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 .... 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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Lawrence Kasdan wanted unknowns to star in the film so there would be a sense of discovery as if they were real.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Fog depicted in some scenes, is unheard of along the South Florida coast in summertime.See more »
Quotes:
Matty:My temperature runs a couple of degrees high, around a hundred. I don't mind. It's the engine or something.
Ned:Maybe you need a tune up.
Matty:Don't tell me. You have just the right tool.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Bitch Is Back (1995)See more »
Soundtrack:
That Old FeelingSee more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
What did Matty do prior to marrying Edmund that she didn't want him to know about?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
The soundtrack/ scoring steals the show?, 8 April 2005
Author: splaticus from United States

I stumbled across 'Body Heat' recently during a late night channel surf, and I would have to say that I was also pleasantly surprised at the high quality of this movie.

Though the acting and direction are top notch, I felt the music really pushed the movie over the top. The hauntingly melancholic string work serves not only as ambiance, but also acts as narrative. The sweet yet cautionary score mirrors the plot theme of 'moth to the flame'- obvious danger yet unavoidably seductive beauty. To this day, it sends chills down my spine!

p.s. Ted Danson's 'happy go lucky, dancing fool' role is sublime. Reminds me of his 'Creepshow' role around this same time period, which is also great.

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