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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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Paul Morrissey

Writers:

John Hallowell (idea), Paul Morrissey (story)
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Cast

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
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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Andy Warhol Factory See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

Quotes

[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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Spoofs Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »

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Days of Steam
Music by John Cale
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Heat is a Masterpiece
22 November 2005 | by stephenpitkinSee all my reviews

Heat is of the best films I have ever seen, and I consider it one of the greatest ever made. Must a great movie be slick, artificially lit and laboriously plotted?

Heat is an honest and hilarious portrayal of dysfunction, ugliness and despair with comedic innocence at its core. It is a visionary look into the souls of the much-less-than-beautiful people in a sun-bleached setting where poverty and suicide lurk just around the corner to glamor (glamor that is only parodied by the impoverishment of the production). At the height of their improbability, the characters are more real, more vivid and enigmatic than 99.9% of Hollywood factory fare. In the moments of their most wooden acting, the fascinations of the real person - whether it be the gapingly numb Joe Dallesandro, the ogrishly preening Pat Ast or the gonzo mystery of Andrea Feldmen, emerges with overexposed brilliance.

Sylvia Miles plays her role with subtlety and iconic ugliness. She is not trying to look "marketable," as so many do, but to play a part as naturally as a spirited animal defecating in a forest. There is rarely an ending so original in a film, too - the impotence of further tragedy in an already so tragic film. Burning through the most awkward of 70s fashion and through its slick rivals with fashion-model actors, Heat is raw psychological meat on an open flame.


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