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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:
... Joey Davis
... Sally Todd
Andrea Feldman ... Jessica Todd
... Lydia
Ray Vestal ... Ray
Lester Persky ... Sidney (as P. J. Lester)
Eric Emerson ... Eric
Harold Stevenson ... Harold (as Harold Childe)
John Hallowell ... John
Gary Koznocha ... Gary
Pat Parlemon ... Girl at pool
Bonnie Walder ... Bonnie
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"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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Andrea Feldman jumped out her window and killed herself three weeks after filming. See more »

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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 »

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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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Referenced in Warhol's Cinema 1963-1968: Mirror for the Sixties (1989) See more »

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Days of Steam
Music by John Cale
Performed by John Cale
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Heat Is On
4 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

I caught this one late at night on the culture channel and expected nothing much, except maybe a bit of skin, lots of artsy film student tomfoolery and wonky camera-work throughout. I thought I'd check out maybe 15 minutes of it so that I could make up my mind about it and then wipe it off my personal "things to do in this here life on earth"-slate. And then the film grabbed me, sucked me in and knocked me over.

OK, so this pic has the technical perfection of a VHS holiday video, and marketing it under the labels "art" and "Andy Warhol" might actually be more of a setback these days, but it's one hell of a movie. Just the characters are incredible, they are so raw it's almost painful to watch, like witnessing the divorce proceedings of an old couple. Take Pat Ast in the underpart as Lydia, the sexually predatory landlady: she is so hauntingly scary that I would prefer a blind date with Hannibal Lector over having to haggle her for the rent. Andrea Feldman as the psycho lolita brat is something else, I was very sad to learn that she committed suicide shortly afterwards; while she may be acting, when she's vying for Joey's attention or whining "I just want my money!" in a husky squeal, she gives you the impression that you couldn't fit a sheet of paper between her and her role. And I could heap equal praise on the other actors.

Forget all the gimmicky rigmarole about how little this movie cost to make, how it was being shot in just two weeks and all the other irrelevant gossip: this is great cinema, and Paul Morrissey did for a pittance what Hollywood so frequently fails to do for a budget that could send a man to Mars.


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