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Heat (1972)

"Heat" is a parody of "Sunset Boulevard." Joey Davis, an unemployed ex-child actor, uses sex to get his landlady, Lydia, to reduce his rent, and then tries to exert his influence on Sally ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Joe Dallesandro ... Joey Davis
Sylvia Miles ... Sally Todd
Andrea Feldman Andrea Feldman ... Jessica Todd
Pat Ast ... Lydia
Ray Vestal Ray Vestal ... Ray
Lester Persky Lester Persky ... Sidney (as P. J. Lester)
Eric Emerson Eric Emerson ... Eric
Harold Stevenson Harold Stevenson ... Harold (as Harold Childe)
John Hallowell John Hallowell ... John
Gary Koznocha Gary Koznocha ... Gary
Pat Parlemon Pat Parlemon ... Girl at pool
Bonnie Walder Bonnie Walder ... Bonnie


"Heat" is a parody of "Sunset Boulevard." Joey Davis, an unemployed ex-child actor, uses sex to get his landlady, Lydia, to reduce his rent, and then tries to exert his influence on Sally Todd, who is now washed-up and wasn't even more than slightly important at the height of her career. Sally tries to help Joey, until he realizes that she just isn't well-connected enough to be of any service to him. The affair is complicated by Sally's psychotic, maybe-lesbian-or-maybe-not daughter Jessica, who tries to muscle in on her mother's relationship with Joey. Written by Jeff <Jeff32262@aol.com>

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Release Date:

6 October 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood See more »

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Andy Warhol Factory See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Andrea Feldman jumped out her window and killed herself three weeks after filming. See more »


When Harold enters and greets Joe and Andrea, he mistakenly calls Andrea by her real name and not her character's name ("Jessica"). See more »


[first lines]
Lydia: Hey! Don't throw that kid in the pool!
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There are no closing credits. It just says "End." See more »


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The Morrissey Masterpiece
15 August 2009 | by TromafreakSee all my reviews

What a good movie!! Not necessarily for B-movie standards, but just plain good. It's subtle weirdness vs. full-blast sleaze as former child star, Joe Davis (yeah, that Joe) moves into a seedy motel inhabited by some rather questionable individuals. First, there's the land lady, Lydia (Divine?), an outlandish, beast of a woman, who, after one look at Joe, decides exactly how he'll pay rent. Joe doesn't mind, this guy is up for just about anything. Then there's Jessica. Poor girl. After meeting Joe by the pool, she convinces him to come back to her room and hang out with her and her mother, the not-so-famous, Sally Todd, seemingly to get under the woman's skin. At this point we learn that Jessica is trying to convince her mother, and herself, that she's in a lesbian relationship, so she'll give her more money, or at least to get under her skin, probably both. Sally's more interested in Joe. Her and Joe once worked together on a TV show when he was a kid. Sally, the now over-the-hill, hasbeen actress somehow convinces Joe to ditch the freak show motel and shack up with her in her mansion so that she can "help his career". Too bad Sally is old enough to be Joe's great grandmother, otherwise, he would have a pretty swell setup going on. But before Joe knows it, Sally gets all drunk and ornery, and clingy, and all he really wants to do is lay around and chill. To make matters worse, Jessica has now joined them after ditching her suicidal/abusive girlfriend, so now, she's all over Joe, you guessed it, to get under her mothers skin. We go back and forth between Sally's drunken rants, to Joe's not caring, to Jessica's insane babbling, and of course back to the motel shenanigans. Not a wholesome moment to be had, sleaze from reel to reel. This film is apart of the Morrissey Flesh-Trash-Heat Trilogy. Not sure what makes it a Trilogy, but it is. Joe Dallesandro is as indifferent as ever (still no acting skills) and Andrea Feldman (Jessica), as usual, is conveniently out of her mind, probably on acid. She actually killed herself before this film was even released. Just thought you'd like to know. Heat is peculiar, mean-spirited, and vulgar, and filled with Inept, yet highly improvised acting, with very little point, which are just a few reasons to not hate this movie. 10/10

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