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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.

Director:

Lawrence Kasdan

Writer:

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

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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuerpos ardientes See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$564,593, 30 August 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,058,838, 31 December 1981
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The Ladd Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Debut theatrical feature film of actress Kathleen Turner. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Judge: Mr. Racine, the next time you come into my courtroom I hope you've got either a better defense, or a better class of client.
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Referenced in Hit by Lightning (2014) See more »

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Feel Like a Number
(1978)
Music and Lyrics by Bob Seger (uncredited)
as Performed by Bob Seger
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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One of Those Films That Is So Hot and Humid That It Makes All the Glass Fog Up.
3 November 2003 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

A lightning fast affair develops between the ultra-hot and erotic Kathleen Turner and small-time Florida attorney William Hurt in the middle of an unprecedented heatwave in "Body Heat", arguably the most under-rated and most under-appreciated movie of the 1980s. Turner is the wife of a ridiculously rich businessman (Richard Crenna) and soon an elaborate plan hatches to kill him so the duo can be together forever. Naturally there is a lot more to Turner than meets the eye (Boy that is an understatement!) and Hurt becomes trapped in a super-steamy, but also highly dangerous relationship. Will the heat be too much for him in the end and are Turner's motives as clear as they appear? "Body Heat" could best be described as "Double Indemnity" for the sexed-up 1980s crowd. The sex is excessive and intense. By the end of the picture you feel like you had known Turner and Hurt for years (even though both were relative newcomers). Writer/director Lawrence Kasdan hit a major grand-slam with his first film-making venture. He had done work writing for the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" group of films, but this was the first project where he went exclusively out on his own. No one knew really what to make of the movie in 1981 and thus it did fair business at the box office and was indifferent with the critics (it failed any Oscar consideration). As the years pass it becomes monumentally important to modern film-making and a classic homage to film noir-styled over-excesses. Brilliantly made in every way, well-acted, superbly written and directed, "Body Heat" is one of those films that forces you to look, let your hair down and eventually loosen your collar. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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