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Heat (1972)

Spoof of the casual sexual adventures of a one-time child actor in Hollywood. It also involves a bratty on-again, off-again lesbian character.


Paul Morrissey


John Hallowell (idea), Paul Morrissey (story)
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Complete credited cast:
Joe Dallesandro ... Joey
Sylvia Miles ... Sally
Andrea Feldman Andrea Feldman ... Jessica / Sally's daughter
Pat Ast ... Lydia / landlady
Ray Vestal Ray Vestal ... Ray / the producer
Lester Persky Lester Persky ... Sidney / Jessica's father (as P. J. Lester)
Eric Emerson Eric Emerson ... Eric
Harold Stevenson Harold Stevenson ... Harold (as Harold Childe)
John Hallowell John Hallowell ... John / Gossip columnist
Gary Koznocha Gary Koznocha ... Gary
Pat Parlemon Pat Parlemon ... Girl at pool
Bonnie Walder Bonnie Walder ... Bonnie / Jessica's girlfriend


Joey, 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, who is now washed-up and wasn't even more than slightly important at the height of her career. She tries to help him, 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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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


The title song, "Days of Steam," was written and performed by John Cale, a founding member of the group The Velvet Underground. The song is taken from Cale's album The Academy in Peril (1972, Reprise). Andy Warhol agreed to do the cover art for the album in exchange for the use of "Days of Steam" in the film. 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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Crazy Credits

There are no closing credits. It just says "End." See more »


References Carnal Knowledge (1971) See more »


Days of Steam
Music by John Cale
Performed by John Cale
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26 February 2000 | by michael.willSee all my reviews

One of my first "art" films after, as a total hick, I fled to the "big city", Vancouver, where I attended its 1973 Canadian premier. I laughed till I cried: Pat Ast, the control freak with the southern accent, inflicting herself on anyone who crosses her path. Wonderful moment: Sylvia Miles on her way out of the motel just after a big fight with Jesse (Andrea Feldman) and there's Lydia-Pat, leaning against the wall in her platforms, shaking her head disparagingly as Sylvia walks by. I mean, she doesn't even KNOW this woman, yet she's passing judgement on sight alone. What a splendidly awful person! Check out the moment when Pat, having bribed Joe into a sexual encounter, starts obsessing on crazy poor Andrea is and how she "just can't" have people like that around her anymore. As if she has any claims to class. Oh, and that scene between her and Sylvia, where she taunts about her sexual conquest of Joe and breaks into psychotic laughter as Sylvia flees in ego-deflated confusion. I love this movie as a whole, but Pat Ast made it total magic. Why isn't she a comedy star?

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6 October 1972 (USA) See more »

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Andy Warhol Factory See more »
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