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Men who can't control themselves! Women who don't care! They get their kicks in strange ways...
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  (in credits order)
Kevin Scott ... John Wilright
Jennifer Laird ... Susan (as Jennifer Llaird)
Alan Wylie ... Bill
Barbara Ward ... Linda
John Burke ... Ted
Diane Conti ... Model (as Diana Conti)
Nancy McCormick ... Nancy
Ann Muench ... Annie
Stanley Seidman ... Rudy Allen
Sean Spencer ... Tom
Jon Tolliver ... Eckhardt
Mark Zalk ... Dr. Ross
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
June Roberts ... Peg (uncredited)

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Harry Wuest 
Writing credits
Eliza McCormick (screenplay)

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Harry Wuest .... producer
Cinematography by
Charles Caffall (photography)
Sound Department
Garry A. Harris .... sound (as Gary Harris)
John Hechtman .... sound
Other crew
Gary Martin .... design

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Interesting no-budget exploitation film / character study, 6 April 2008
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

Something Weird Video paired this film with "The Psycho Lover" on DVD, which was a slight misfortune to this film. "The Psycho Lover" is one of the company's most ridiculously entertaining sleazefests, so almost any movie would be difficult to follow it up with. "Heat of Madness" is a no-budget and slowly paced little roughie film. Its very tame, which makes it understandable why some exploitation fans have been disappointed with it. There's little to no nudity and there's only one actual scene of violence. I can imagine vintage 42nd street frequenters being let down.

Still, I actually enjoyed this film for several reasons. First off, the lack of explicit sex and violence makes me wonder if the filmmakers had other things on their mind. This is furthered by the sympathetic main female character and a tortured artist whose descent into madness is shown effectively. In fact, this film works much better as a character study. It seems that it would be much better if it wasn't limited by the zero dollar budget. Plus, the minimalist atmosphere makes the film get under your skin.

Again, despite the lack of exploitation elements, I was intrigued by the film throughout. Its a failure maybe, but an interesting one. If anything, it proves that these low budget exploitation films are one of the most important roots of modern day independent film-making. (6/10)

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