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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?


When Kathleen Turner did her second reading for writer-director Lawrence Kasdan, he said that it was the first time that someone had read the part of Matty Walker that sounded exactly the way he had heard it in his head when he wrote the script. In an article in Photoplay (UK) magazine published in April 1982, it stated that the screen "test was too good to ignore and Kathleen coincided exactly with director Lawrence Kasdan's idea of Matty". See more »


Lowenstein states that oral sex is not illegal in Florida. Florida statute 800.02 made "unnatural and lascivious acts", which included oral-genital contact, a misdemeanor until all sodomy laws were struck down by the US Supreme Court in 2003. See more »


Ned: Hey lady, ya wanna fuck?
Mary Ann: Gee, I don't know. Maybe. This sure is a friendly town.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.23 (2016) See more »


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 See 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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