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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 »





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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's a hot summer. Ned Racine is waiting for something special to happen. And when it does... He won't be ready for the consequences. 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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of numerous collaborations of editor Carol Littleton and writer-director Lawrence Kasdan. See more »


When Heather is picked up after her stay at Matty's house, the boom operator is reflected on the car. See more »


Miles Hardin: [to the other participants in a meeting concerning Edmund Walker's will] Would anybody mind if I smoked?
[Immediately, everyone else in the meeting except for Peter Lowenstein lights up a cigarette or other tobacco product]
Peter: [after one of the other participants offers him a cigarette] No, I don't need my own, I'll just breathe the air.
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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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Double Indemnity? No, Triple.
18 September 2017 | by Peter ZullmmannSee all my reviews

This is one of those movies that fell though the cracks. I couldn't find it ever on a big screen, retrospectives you know. I refused to see it on TV for the first time. Sunday night, finally, I saw it in a huge plasma screen. Wow! I can immediately tell why people consider it a remake of Double Indemnity but unlike Gus Van Sant who remade Psycho shot by shot and casts Vince Vaugh as Norman Bates in a massive piece of miscalculation, or Jonathan Demme who remade Charade as The Trouble With Charlie and casts Mark Whalberg in the Cary Grant role, Mark Whalberg! In "Body Heat" Lawrence Kasdan casts William Hurt in the Fred Mac Murray part of the insurance salesman falling into the trap, body and soul. William Hurt's phenomenal performance reinventing the character makes "Body Heat" unique and without precedent. The power of Kathleen Turner - bursting into the film scene with a bang! - it's a masterpiece of characterization. She's way ahead of William Hurt. "You're not very intelligent, are you? I like that in a man" Superb.

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