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Body Heat (1981)

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In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.



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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ned Racine
... Matty Walker
... Edmund Walker
... Peter Lowenstein
... Oscar Grace
... Teddy Lewis
... Mary Ann
... Stella
Lanna Saunders ... Roz Kraft
Carola McGuinness ... Heather Kraft
Michael Ryan ... Miles Hardin
Larry Marko ... Judge Costanza
Deborah Lucchesi ... Beverly
Lynn Hallowell ... Angela
... Michael Glenn (as Thom J. Sharp)


Ned Racine is a seedy small town lawyer in Florida. During a searing heatwave he's picked up by married Matty Walker. A passionate affair commences but it isn't long before they realise the only thing standing in their way is Matty's rich husband Edmund. A plot hatches to kill him but will they pull it off? Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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As the temperature rises, the suspense begins. See more »


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Release Date:

28 August 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuerpos ardientes  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$564,593, 30 August 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,058,838, 31 December 1981
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to "Halliwells Film Guide", the movie was an "uncredited revamp of Double Indemnity (1944)", while "The Virgin Film Guide" said that the movie "incorporates a plot reminiscent of 'Double Indemnity'. "The Thriller Film Guide" said that the "plot (although not credited as such) is a virtual reworking of 'Double Indemnity'." See more »


When Matty and Edmund are in bed before Ned gets there, the sheets are white with gray stripes. When Edmund goes for the gun after hearing a noise downstairs the sheets are now a light tan color. See more »


Matty: What are you doing in Pine Haven?
Ned: I'm no yokel, I was all the way to Miami once.
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Feel Like a Number
Music and Lyrics by Bob Seger (uncredited)
as Performed by Bob Seger
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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Knowledge Is Power
25 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

In the hot Pinehaven, Florida, the smalltime wolf lawyer Ned Racine (William Hurt) flirts with the sexy but married Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner) and they begin a torrid love affair. After a short period together, she convinces him that her husband and mobster Edmund Walker (Richard Crenna) is an obstacle for their passion and they have a prenuptial agreement; therefore he should be eliminated. Ned carefully plots a perfect scheme for killing Edmund; however things go wrong when successive evidences are disclosed conspiring against him.

"Body Heat" is the greatest homage to film-noir ever! The debut of the writer and director Lawrence Kasdan is an unforgettable masterpiece, and I do not know how many times I have watched this classy feature since 1981 (last time was on 04 February 2001) that is among my favorites. The astonishing Kathleen Turner in her debut in cinema is sexy, hot, and gorgeous performing one of the most Machiavellian female fatales of the cinema history. The novice William Hurt is perfect in the role of the shabby and cynical lawyer Ned Racine. The music score of John Barry is perfect supporting the bleak atmosphere of the story. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Corpos Ardentes" ("Heat Bodies")

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