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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:
One of Those Films That Is So Hot and Humid That It Makes All the Glass Fog Up. 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
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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 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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Runtime:
113 min
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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:
Favorite film noir movies of the picture's writer-director Lawrence Kasdan included Double Indemnity (1944), The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and Out of the Past (1947).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Ned and Matty are on the boardwalk, their breath is visible.See more »
Quotes:
Ned:You better take me up on this quick. In about 45 minutes, I'm going to give up and go away.See more »
Soundtrack:
Feel Like a NumberSee more »

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38 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
One of Those Films That Is So Hot and Humid That It Makes All the Glass Fog Up., 3 November 2003
Author: tfrizzell from United States

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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