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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.


Lawrence Kasdan


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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Ned Racine
Kathleen Turner ... Matty Walker
Richard Crenna ... Edmund Walker
Ted Danson ... Peter Lowenstein
J.A. Preston ... Oscar Grace
Mickey Rourke ... Teddy Lewis
Kim Zimmer ... Mary Ann
Jane Hallaren ... Stella
Lanna Saunders Lanna Saunders ... Roz Kraft
Carola McGuinness Carola McGuinness ... Heather Kraft
Michael Ryan Michael Ryan ... Miles Hardin
Larry Marko Larry Marko ... Judge Costanza
Deborah Lucchesi Deborah Lucchesi ... Beverly
Lynn Hallowell Lynn Hallowell ... Angela
Thom Sharp ... 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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She taught him everything she knew - about passion and murder. See more »


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Release Date:

28 August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuerpos ardientes See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$564,593, 30 August 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,058,838, 31 December 1981
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Ladd Company See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In New York doing Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull" on stage, Kathleen Turner was turned down for an audition for this film because she had no film credits. She has since said, "All I knew was that the role, Matty Walker, was the best part written for a woman in so many years. I tried to get an audition but I had no film experience and was unable to get one". About four months later, Turner was in Los Angeles pursuing a part in another picture when, with the part still not cast, she was granted an audition. She said, "They gave me a copy of the script and I immediately wanted it. After that reading they set up a screen test [with William Hurt]. I'd never tested for a film before, and it was pretty scary . . . walking into a studio, having make-up men and everybody turn you into their idea of what Matty should be". See more »


After he and Matty have sex for the last time, Edmund rolls over to his side of the bed covered in sweat and hair matted to his forehead. Seconds later when he hears noises downstairs, he springs from the bed completely dry with no indications of his prior activity. See more »


Oscar: Whatcha got for pie today, Stella?
Stella: I got cherry, cherry and cherry.
Oscar: Well, what do you recommend?
Stella: I like the cherry.
Oscar: Bring it on.
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Alternate Versions

CBS edited 5 minutes from this film for its 1984 network television premiere. See more »


That Old Feeling
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Played in the score in a bar and at a concert
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Kathleen Turner is quite astonishing in this her first film.
11 November 2017 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Writer/director Kasden got just about everything right in this his first feature. The dialogue crackles as befits a neo noir and John Barry's score is always there to to support or promote some wondrous visuals. Kathleen Turner is quite astonishing in this her first film. Her boldness and bravery in the sex scenes ensure that this sizzles from the off and I guess helps to draw attention away from what is really going on. William Hurt hasn't made many films before this and he too seems very relaxed and easy with regard to the nude and non nude sequences. His banter with his colleagues is as believable as his smouldering tete-a-tetes with his co-star. Mickey Rourke is effective in a key small role and the whole thing moves very well. Having seen this upon its original theatrical release, I have always held it in high regard, feeling upon this Blu-ray viewing that it didn't quite race throughout as I had 'remembered' and there seemed to be a slight imbalance on the sound. But hey - excellent film with fine performances.

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