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  • It has its moments, but overall it's pretty mediocre...
    As a whole, `Body Heat' plays out like an awkward mix of a few better films. It has the general plot of the masterpiece `Double Indemnity' with the slick sensual perversion of, say, `Basic Instinct' (not to mention the whole `can she be trusted' vibe) with the whole `location, location, location' feel of `Wild Things'. `Double Indemnity' is a classic and cannot be topped by this film in anyway (comparatively, this film feels cheep) and `Wild Things' embraces the camp that this film is almost afraid to admit it has, and thus becomes the greatest campy film I've ever seen. That leaves us with `Basic Instinct', a film that I have never been a fan of in the first place. Honestly, both films are pretty comparable if not for one thing...

    Sharon Stone can learn a LOT from Kathleen Turner.

    I bet you didn't expect that one, and I know that a lot of people will disagree with me here, but honestly I never understood why `Basic Instinct', especially Stone, was so loved. I mean, she really wasn't that intoxicating to me, and that particular `leg crossing' scene was far from enough to constitute the film a worth while venture. Turner on the other hand saves this film from the same fate but creating such a mesmerizing character one cannot help but stare at her every crevice. She is seductive, she is strong willed, she is mysterious and above all else she is undeniably infectious.

    We have to look at her.

    The film tells of a young, beautiful and seemingly lonely woman named Matty who gets involved in an affair with a somewhat na?ve lawyer named Ned. Everything is going fine until Matty convinces Ned, with barely a word, to kill her husband.

    That's the whole shebang.

    Turner, as I mentioned, is brilliant. Hurt is also in fine form, although his star was about to really rise in 83 (with `The Big Chill') and then lead to an Oscar in 85 (for `Kiss of the Spider Woman'). There are a slew of supporting performances from familiar faces, like Ted Dansen, but they are all overshadowed by a small cameo performance by Mickey Rourke who sizzles as Teddy, a bomb maker willing to give Ned a helping hand.

    The film is rather weak when looked at from a distance, but in parts it is very effective. Because Turner is so brilliant she works at making the steamy scenes with her and Hurt work very well. Their initial love scene is marvelously done (that broken window bit was flawless), but the plot runs thin (and predictable) and it is not executed as well as it could have been. It tries to take itself too seriously, which plays weak on the film and makes it appear to be something it is not. When I mention that `Wild Things' embraces the camp, I mean that it understands it's not to be taken seriously, and so we can thus embrace it for what it is. When a film tries to be serious yet fails to live up to its own perception of itself then it becomes mediocre. That is this films problem.

    Still, it has its hot moments, and it should be seen, if not for Kathleen alone....more info
  • Body Heat
    I love this movie, the music, the sounds of the voices, the one liners,
    the story. I don't normally watch movies over but I have watched this over and over, the story is amazing. 1981 when I first fell in love with
    William Hurt. ...more info
  • best since double indemnity
    Best modern film noir. Only Double Indemnity is better. And "You're not too bright...I like that in a man" is a classic film line. Flawless!...more info
  • I love Kathleen Turner, and I love this movie!
    Matty Walker wants rid of her wealthy husband in the worst way, as a matter of fact, she wants him dead. Seducing a naive lawyer named Ned Racine, the two plot the man's death, and carry it through. But, before they know it, their over-the-rainbow begins to slip inexorably out of their grip, and the hounds begin their pursuit.

    This is an excellent movie, well-known for its dark themes and erotic sensuousness. It launched Kathleen Turner's acting career, and showed how seductive and sexy a woman could be even when she's not considered classically "beautiful." The plot is exciting and the ending has a great twist. Even though the movie came out in 1981, it has held up well, and still makes for a great evening.

    I love Kathleen Turner, and I love this movie - I think that it was one of the best ones she ever made. So, turn out the lights, get a cool drink in your hand, and turn on Body Heat - you won't regret it!

    (Review of Body Heat starring Kathleen Turner and William Hurt)...more info
  • You're Not Too Smart, Are You? I Like That In A Man.
    I don't want to age myself--but I fell in love with this movie when it came out some 25 years ago. I have owned both the VHS and the cheapie DVD and have seen the film dozens of times through the years. While I was thrilled to see a Deluxe Edition headed my way--in truth, the features don't really seem all that Deluxe. Disappointing, really, but with this film I'll take anything I can get.

    I love this film for many reasons. First, I like that it is a throw-back/homage to some of the classic noir films of the 40's. The script is razor sharp with crackling dialogue, I can recite whole passages by heart. It's a super intelligent screenplay written for adults, and you don't see enough of that these days.

    "You're not too smart, are you?"
    He indicates "no".
    "I like that in a man."
    "What else you like?--Ugly? Lazy? Horny? I got 'em all."
    "You don't look lazy."

    William Hurt is fabulous as the not-so-bright lawyer in question, and Kathleen Turner was discovered in this--one of her most lingering performances. Sexuality abounds, and these two have never been hotter! One sex scene, in particular, has been copied and emulated countless times since--where he breaks through the glass to get at her. But it's not exploitative--it's real passion for adults. The whole film is just SMART!

    The score is hypnotic, and the plot twists suitably to keep you intrigued. Kasdan made a perfect little movie that has more than survived the test of time....more info
  • Body Heat is Hot Film Noir.
    "That man is gonna die for no reason but . . . we want him to."

    Body Heat is a steamy, neo-noir drama written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan, also known for The Big Chill, The Accidental Tourist and Grand Canyon. Inspired by classic 1940's film noir like Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity, Kasdan's 1981 directorial debut features an all-star cast including William Hurt, Kathleen Turner (in her film debut), Richard Crenna, Ted Danson, and Mickey Rourke (in his breakthrough role). It tells the story of a smarmy, small-town Florida lawyer, Ned Racine (Hurt), who becomes entangled with Matty Walker (Turner), a femme fatale who is plotting to murder her wealthy husband, Edmund (Crenna), to collect his money. The summer temperatures are hot, but as the film's title suggests, the torrid affair between Ned and Matty gets even hotter. After enlisting the help of a sleezy firebug named Teddy Lewis (played to perfection by Mickey Rourke), Racine murders Matty's husband before wising up to her deceiptful motives. Ted Danson plays District Attorney Peter Lowenstein.

    There are at least five good reasons to experience the pleasures of Body Heat:

    1. Kathleen Turner's sexually confident performance as Matty Walker, a femme fatale with the seductive powers to get a man to do anything for her, even murdering her husband for her. "To see her is to need her," Roger Ebert writes in his review.

    2. The sultry, on-screen chemistry between Hurt and Turner, contrasted by their cool, well-written dialogue. ("You're not too smart, are you?" Matty says to Ned upon first meeting him. "I like that in a man.")

    3. Mickey Rourke's supporting performance as Ned's sleezy client, Teddy Lewis. In a touching moment, he offers to handle the firebomb so Ned won't get hurt. The French consider Mickey Rourke America's greatest actor. In the 80s, they loved him for his "cool, his on-screen cruelty, his seediness, his sexual depravity" (New York Times Magazine, 11/30/08), and for his "rumpled, slightly dirty, sordid. . . rebel persona (Mickey Rourke Biography - Yahoo! Movies). In 1985, Les Cahiers du cin¨¦ma noted that Rourke stands out from the pack of "steroid-fattened and lobotomized" leading men in Hollywood.

    4. The film's unpredictable plot twists and double crosses.

    5. John Barry's provocative, show-stealing score.

    This Deluxe Edition DVD features additional scenes; a Featurette: "Body Heat: The Plan Body Heat: The Production Body Heat: The Post-Prodution;" and interviews with Kathleen Turner and William Hurt. Highly recommended.

    G. Merritt...more info
  • Wicked Duplicity
    The film begins with a view of a fire at an old inn: something was being destroyed A lawyer makes a deal for his client. People are upset, "it's the heat". Lawyer Ned Racine meets a married woman, she likes a man who isn't too smart. Their dialogue is snappy, like in the film "Double Indemnity". The heat tells you it is Florida. Ned and Matty meet at her palatial mansion; her husband is quite wealthy. Only one servant? Their affair begins. Will their actions have unforeseen consequences? Does the heat wave cause more anger, hatred, and murder? [Yes.] Does Matty plant ideas in Ned's head? Does he pick up on these hints? The discussions about Matty's pre-nuptial agreement tells you where this is going. "This is so dangerous." Matty's husband has various investments that are vaguely described. One of them is "The Breakers". Is he a front man for people who must remain in the shadows?

    Ned states what Matty wants him to say: her marital situation will be simplified. Does Matty's talk about her husband's will show her knowledge and character? One of Ned's clients warns him about committing a crime: it's a serious business. In the early morning the plan is accomplished. Is there a perfect plan? If a spouse is murdered does suspicion always fall on the surviving spouse? Will there be a slip-up over the will? Are mistakes planned? The police are suspicious about this case and warn Ned. He learns more about Matty's past. ["The Maltese Falcon"?] Matty wants it all. What about Edmund's glasses? Is there a double-cross possible? Ned learns new facts about the past. The suspense builds at the end. What about the body? Will Ned finally realize what happened?

    The plot of this story is as good as James M. Cain or Raymond Chandler. This film educates against trusting a situation that seems to be too good to be true....more info
  • Awesome edition to anyone's collection
    REVIEW DISCLAIMER: My review is based on the VHS release, and anticipation of this Deluxe edition DVD, to be released October 24, 2006.

    Whenever I think about this movie, I get chills followed with an imagined warm heat. This movie is on Fire. The actors, the passion, the plot, the settings. Everything. Everything! I recommend this to anyone older than 18. It is a great classic and holds its own, for any audience!

    This movie has everything I LOVE!

    A great plot!

    Passion!

    Sex!

    Beautiful Women!

    William Hurt shines. I honestly thought, when I saw this movie, that William Hurt would go on to be the classic Hollywood actor, picking up all of the types of roles we've seen Mel Gibson, Bruce Willis, and Tom Hanks picked up, over the past 25 years. While Mr. Hurt has resigned himself to lesser known roles, and smaller parts; certainly non-Hollywood roles.

    Seeing this film, for the first time, young people (and old, for that matter) might be re-introduced to this fine actor, showing them what many of us enjoyed 25 years ago.

    Some of my favorite memorable scenes:

    The chair through the window;
    Ted Danson as Peter Lowenstein dancing in the moonlight;
    the Windchimes on Matty's porch;
    Hot Florida nights;
    Ned Racine's (William Hurt) realization of being scamed;
    etc.

    If any movie, over the past 25 years, was most deserving of a sequel, or pre-quel, this was it. I don't want to spoil anything, but watch this movie, and tell me if you don't agree, that this movie deserves a follow up on the story. Not really a "cliff-hanger" but it leaves you longing for more. Yet, still very satisfying.

    A great movie!

    MC White said: Check it out!!!...more info
  • Body Heat Superfan
    Body Heat is one of my all time favorite movies. It captures the full impact of the steamy Florida summers, interwoven with one of the best screenplays of all time. This remastered version is fantastic! ...more info
  • I'm sweating
    This is a very cleverly contrived sexploitation thriller, penned and directed by the talented Lawrence Kasdan. It stars Academy-Award winner (Kiss of the Spider Woman, 1985) William Hurt with a mustache and a dangling cigarette as Ned Racine, a not overly bright Florida lawyer smitten by Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner in her steamy film debut) a rich housewife with a husband she hates, and a yearning to breathe free. Shades of James M. Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity, both triangle murder tales made into film noirs.

    Kasdan is cribbing, but I forgive him since in some ways his film is an improvement on both the novels and the films they inspired, plus his is a kind of satire on those films with numerous witticisms. I especially liked it when Matty describes her husband, Edmund, a hard-nosed and successful financier played repulsively by Richard Crenna: "I can't stand the thought of him. He's small and mean and weak." Ned gives this some serious thought and then kisses her on the head like she's a good little girl.

    Not too much later, after the first mention of the murder, immediately in the very next scene, Kasdan does a little foreshadowing with lawyer Ned visiting the jail. The steel door clangs shut behind him, startling him and causing him to jump in fright. I also liked the fog on the night of the murder, and I especially liked it when Ned, after putting the body in the trunk, closes the lid to reveal Matty standing there directly in our line of sight, a kind of visual witticism. I also liked the scene in which the lawyers are sitting around the varnished wood with Matty and the woman she has shrewdly cheated, and the lead lawyer asks if anyone would like to smoke. Everybody (except Ted Danson) eagerly and immediately lights up. Ted says he'll just breathe the air. This is a little in-joke satire by Kasdan on the fact that Hollywood movies of the day were financially encouraged by the tobacco companies to show the players happily puffing away as often as possible.

    William Hurt really is excellent, almost as good as he was in Kiss of the Spider Woman, and that was very good indeed. Turner is completely believable as a voracious and greedy femme fatale with a wondrous criminal mind. The dialogue is sharp and clever throughout; especially interesting are the dueling "pick-up" rejoinders by Ned and Matty when they first meet. Noteworthy is the performance of Ted Danson of TV's "Cheers" fame as a prosecutor in black-rimmed specs. He has some spiffy lines of his own and he does a great job, as does Mickey Rourke as Teddy Lewis, Ned's fire-bombing buddy.

    The plot twists are in some sense anticipated, but the exact nature of their unfolding is fascinating to watch. Indeed, Kasdan's snappy direction of his diabolically wicked tale is practically seamless. This is not to say that it was perfect. I have to point out that the scene in which Matty is in the tub with Ned and he dumps more ice cubes in to cool her off is a little on the contrived side since they surely had air conditioning. She claims to a natural body temperature of 100, reminding me of the classic rock lyric, "I'm hot-blooded, check it and see/I've got a temperature of a hundred and three." Also Matty's seduction of Ned was a little too fortuitous. I don't think she would have left so much to chance. But I liked the beginning anyway because it led us to believe that this would be a tale of sexual obsession (which in part it is) and not just an adulterous murder thriller. I also could not, even though I rewound the video, catch what was said in the final scene. (Probably that's just my ears going the way of the waist line.)...more info

  • "More Warming than Ben Gay"
    This movie has echoes of "Double Indemnity" which I also loved. When you mix a female sociopath with a stale marriage and an easy to manipulate PI, throw in sweltering heat, a bathtub full of ice cubes, and just the right undergarmets for the occasion, well you have got an unstable explosive device. Kathleen Turner and William Hurt are sizzling when not designing diabolical plans. The person I watched most, however was Ted Danson, playing a nerd with hornrimmed glasses. Great! Little Stevie Wonder must have had scenes like this in mind when he wrote "Fingertips, Part One."...more info
  • Great Early 80's Film - Before PG 13!
    This film as you can see from the reviews here is a bit of a gem.
    Its a great period piece in more ways than one. Its from an era when an R Rating meant something. If you want how times have changes and what that hybrid "PG-13" rating has done to de-sex and water down grown-up movies just watch this movie. Back then flims were G, PG, R, or X - the 14-17 year old demo was not driving the studios.
    Its a steamy movie, Kathleen Turner is really great, and if you look close yon can catch a bit of her natural "shrub" at one point - its a little bonus....more info
  • Loved this movie
    This is one of those movies that never gets old. I loved Kathleen Turner in this. The casting was excellent and the characters were great....more info
  • True Noir Style.....
    I guess this release will be the 25th anniversary addition. I can't believe it's been that long. It's a film that sticks with you for a looong time after viewing it.
    Most famously the 'chair being thrown through the door/window' scene. Probably one of the most famous and erotic film scenes EVER!
    The cast is absolutely superb, starting with William Hurt.
    If I remember correctly this was the 'break-out' role for Kathleen Turner and she chews the scenery in a very steamy way. Ted Danson in a very early role is a standout, and Kim Zimmer from TV's 'Guiding Light' is a great addition. (Why she didn't succeed in film still puzzles me!)
    You can read Amazon's film's synopsis to get the basic plot of the movie. I'm writing this to recommend adding this film to your collection, especially if you have never seen it.
    I truly believe you'll want to own it and share it with other's.
    You'll be hearing wind chimes for days to come........
    Peace :o)...more info
  • Deluxe Edition Review: Totally Hot!
    This is (so far) the definitive version of this movie to own. The transfer is excellent; it looks like Warner has done some work on the restoration/transfer, as the image has good color and excellent detail; much better than previous incarnations. The sound is 5.1, but won't really put your surround system to the test; however, the fantastic score by John Barry sounds more lush than it ever has on video.

    The story is of Ned Racine (William Hurt), a less than stellar Florida attorney who has a less than stellar list of clients. He's a good looking romeo who falls for the wrong girl on a hot summer night. Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner, in a stunning film debut) and Ned have instant chemistry, despite the fact that she is a married woman. Her husband is a wealthy, powerful, and corrupt man (Richard Crenna) who stands in the way of Ned & Matty and the money. Blinded by lust, Ned sees murder as the only way he and Matty can have a future together.

    On paper, this would seem like your standard potboiler murder film from the 40s, rehashed in the 80s. Thanks to Lawrence Kasdan's direction and stellar performances by Hurt & Turner, this movie bears repeated viewings and will keep you on the edge of your seat as it will continually surprise you. Turner is incredible; you can see the layers of her character and never quite know what she is capable of until the end; and then you'll want to watch it all over again with the knowledge of that ending and then you can see the manipulative talents that she uses over Ned in a different light. John Barry's music is a character in itself; it would be hard to image this film without his lush, evocative score. The supporting cast is also excellent; Ted Danson is hard to recognize at first as the dorky attorney/confidant of Ned Racine.

    The extras are fantastic; Turner, Hurt, and Kasdan are all interviewed in the "Making Of" documentaries, and you learn how this semi-independent film stayed true to its vision and created a tidal wave when it was released. There are two vintage interviews with Turner and Hurt; Turner comes off much better than Hurt, who seems somewhat spaced out. Both are of good length and give slightly different information from the current documentary. There are also a number of deleted scenes, which were correctly removed from the final version, but still interesting to watch. Most interesting is the decision to delete the attempted murder scene and combine it with a later scene to improve the pacing. Of course the theatrical trailer is also included.

    If you have previous versions of this film, time to upgrade - The Deluxe Edition is the one to own!...more info
  • great film, great price
    An excellent DVD for a great price. fast delivery and I was kept up to date on the status of my order....more info
  • A classic!
    There are a lot of movies titles on my list of "favorites", which seems to grow each year, as my purchases from Amazon attest. But there are very few films that I would classify as "perfect movies"; those where everything seems to gel: acting, cinematography, music, supporting players, and especially dialog. Casablanca is one of them. Another is Body Heat. Everything comes together here for a truly mesmerizing experience. There is not one thing that could be taken out and not one thing that could be added. Could there really be anything more powerful and chilling than the reprise of John Barry's theme at the end of the film as Ned finally realizes what has happened to him? This deluxe edition truly does the film justice, with a flawless transfer and great sound. Couple this with a very informative and much needed "making of" and the unbelievable low list price and you've got a bargain not to be missed!
    ...more info
  • Ah, murder and probate law
    This movie is one of my all time favorites. A nice tight plot with well drawn characters all based on a little known fact of probate law. What a great movie!!!! Everything about this film is perfect....more info
  • Still smoldering after 25 years!
    My gal & I caught this sizzler on a Monday-holiday matinee 25 years ago. To our great fortune, we had a hugh widescreen theatre all to ourselves. A smoking hot movie then, the inferno still burns ever brighter on this Deluxe Edition DVD. Along with an excellent digital transfer with that magnificent score by the incredible John Barry, lifted scenes and a new 3-part documentary gives a great prespective of director Kasdan's vision of creating a 'modern' film noir and film noir it is! This edition is a must have upgrade for longtime fans and a pure delight for new fans as well.

    Two personal comments: I have always thought that Matty had fallen in love with Ned. And even after repeated viewings of the earlier DVD release, I finally understand the significance of the clown driving the red car past Ned. It only took me 25 years! :-) ...more info
  • The New Deluxe Edition is a must for fans!!!
    When Body Heat came out in 1981, I was living in Las Vegas at the time and the bus system in the city didn't run out to the theater that was showing it. I had to walk four miles to this movie, and it was certainly worth it. A particular scene that I wanted to see in the film, however, was cut out. That was a disappointment, but the rest of the film more than made up for it. That scene has now been included as a "deleted" scene in the new edition of this DVD, the one with Kathleen Turner dressed up as a stewardess with nylons on underneath her skirt and playing around with William Hurt on a couch. I've waited twenty-five long years to see this scene, and it, too, was worth it. There's over an hour's worth of extras on this DVD, and if you're as big a fan of the film as I am, you'll want to see them. Kathleen Turner is sexy as ever, and I still have a crush on her. That voice of hers still melts me after all of these years! ...more info
  • Deluxe Edition Delivers
    Body Heat is one of my all time favorite movies. I am a big fan of film-noir, of which Body Heat was a modern exemplar as well as an example of a time when adults made movies for other adults.

    Since other reviews amply explain the plot, I will restrict my comments to the DVD. I do want to say that part of the magic of this movie is the pitch-perfect casting from William Hurt as the over-matched, incompetent lawyer, to the gorgeous and sensual Kathleen Turner as his femme fatale, to even those acting in smaller roles such as the Ted Danson as the dancing DA and Mickey Rourke as an expert arsonist for hire. There is not a bad casting decision here, nor a wasted scene.

    The Deluxe Edition DVD provides several worthwhile extras. Most notably, interviews with Kasdan, Hurt, Turner, and Danson shot recently, provide a great deal of insight into the intent of the movie, how the actors were selected, why the movie was shot in Florida instead of New Jersey as originally planned, and some of the obstacles that had to be overcome (the cold weather!, Alan Ladd's objection to Hurt's mustache, Turner's shyness about filming nude during the sex scenes, and so on). Most interesting to me was the explanation of what Maddy Walker (the Turner character) was feeling at the end of the movie in the final scene. The movie always seemed ambiguous to me with respect to whether she really cared for Racine or not. The documentary provides some insight from Kasdan's and the actor's perspectives.

    The axed scenes are also of interest. I almost always agree with the decision to exclude scenes when I have seen them on DVDs and this is no exception. However, it is interesting to see how the story was originally planned and that there was actually a failed attempt to murder Maddy's husband prior to the successful attempt. It is also nice to see Turner in a sexy stewardess outfit (in the movie the Racine character has a thing for women in uniforms).

    The sensuality of John Barry's wonderful jazzy score can not be emphasized enough. The score is, as Kasdan remarks, a character in the movie.

    In short, the Deluxe Edition is worth the extra few dollars over the regular edition for any Body Heat fan. Would that they made movies like this today!...more info
  • FANTASTIC! Gets better each time I watch it...
    I bought this after seeing it on cable and being reminded of what a good film it was.

    On the off chance you are looking at this review and haven't seen it, William Hurt is a small town lawyer seduced by a local femme fatale, Kathleen Turner, and he gets in over his head in doing her bidding. His best friend, a assistant district attorney, played by Ted Danson, is in the unenviable position of having to investigate his friend. The drama and plot twists unwind from there...

    I have now watched it several times, and I actually think it gets better each time you watch it, because you start noticing small details about the scenes and plot that you might have originally missed...this film has aged beautifully. Amazing ambience and Hurt,Turner, Mickey Rourke (back when he was cool), Danson, and the other supporting actors are great.

    I bought this exact DVD off Amazon, so I can speak about the extras. This specific DVD includes some scenes that were cut--including one scene involving a first murder attempt on Richard Crenna that failed. The other extras included some interviews in Europe that took place in 1981 with Turner and Hurt. The next set of extras is discussions with the actors today about the making of the film--interesting to see how they have aged. Lawrence Kasdan, the director, is also interviewed. There's a LOT of interesting information about how it was filmed (it was cold, not hot when they shot the movie!), some artistic choices that were made, etc. I actually thought, for once, that the extras were valuable, because I had never seen film noir, and the extras really emphasize the point that Kasdan was going for a sexy recreation of old film noir like the Asphalt Jungle. Never seen those, but if they are as good as Body Heat, I will go rent......more info
  • I loved it then and love it now - this movie is hottt!!
    I saw Body Heat when it first came out and fell in love with Kathleen Turner. It's a great flick, suspenseful, very sexy, great actors and great music for the setting. I still find the scene where William Hurt breaks through the glass door to be one of the most scintillating moments in romantic movie history (and something I'd love to do some time!). If you've never seen this movie, you're missing something....more info
  • Film-Noir at It's Best
    Film-noir is hard to do. Film-noir isn't about plot; It's about mood, tone, and look. When it was originated in the 40s, it was all very well done by directors who didn't know they were making "noir." Now that directors actually set out to do that, it usually doesn't succeed. In "Body Heat," the directorial debut of Lawrence Kasdan and the screen debut of Kathleen Turner, he crafts noir in a 40s-ish way but never fails to remind you in almost every scene that the film takes place in the 1980s. William Hurt, in his second film (just a year or two before he'd win an Oscar for "Kiss of the Spider Woman") plays a lawyer named Ned Racine. Ned lives in Florida (where a heat wave seems to be occuring), is lazy and cocky and has a way with women. Then he meets Matty (Turner), a married woman that manages to exert sexiness with her clothes on rarely seen since Marilyn Monroe died. Ned and Matty being a passionate love affair, but soon Matty explains that her husband needs to die.
    Ned is reluctant, but there's something about Matty that convinces him. This isn't a new plot; You've seen this, in some form or another, several times. Sometimes in a film when a woman talks a man into committing murder, you can't really relate to him. You usually think "she's not worth it." In this film, it's different. Not to imply Turner is the hottest woman in the world, but in this film she just has this charm, look, and way of speaking that causes you to feel the same way Ned feels about her. I've only seen Turner previously in two films, "Serial Mom" and "The Virgin Suicides." I'm really surprised at how hot she was though. Mickey Rourke, before he developed his easily recognizable raspy voice, co-stars as a professional arsonist whom Ned might just need some help. It's Rourke who delivers the best supporting performance in the movie. Roger Ebert has this listed in his book The Great Movies, which is odd because you'll rarely see this movie on another critic's favorites list. Having said that, however, this is a great film especially on a scale of film-noir. The mood, the sensuous dialogue; This is just noir at it's best.

    GRADE: A-...more info
  • Body Heat
    Reminiscent of "Double Indemnity" and other film-noir classics, Lawrence Kasdan's directorial debut is a steamy crime drama about lust and betrayal remembered partly for its then-risqu¨¦ lovemaking scenes. Hurt excels as the credulous Ned (what a sap!), and Turner sizzles in her first screen role as a husky-voiced femme fatale in the Lauren Bacall mold. Great support from Ted Danson and Mickey Rourke round out a winning cast. Titillating and suspenseful, "Body Heat" will raise your body temperature, and your pulse....more info
  • Film
    Still packs some heat after all these years: Turner at her best vamping an innocent into her web.
    Good casting!...more info
  • Chapter 1: Kathleen Turner
    A bucket of ice cubes in the bath is just not enough to cool down this steamy noir. Writer-director Lawrence Kasdan's 1981 homage to Double Indemnity blows the mercury right out the top of the thermometer. Kathleen Turner is the sultry femme fatale who plays William Hurt's hapless pushover like a Stradivarius ("You aren't too smart. I like that in a man.") The combination of the Florida heat with Turner and Hurt's sexual chemistry will light your socks on fire. Outstanding support from Richard Crenna, Ted Danson, J.A. Preston and an up-and-coming character actor named Mickey Rourke. One of a handful of modern neo-noirs (e.g. Roman Polanski's Chinatown and Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential) that really gets it "right"....more info
  • Steamy
    Well the femme was a tramp with a good head on her shoulders for maliciousness. For you men that drool at the mouth with a pretty female "BEWARE", all is not what it seems. There's an old latin saying that says, "A womans bust pulls more than a mule with cart". Lol. Beware!!!!!...more info
  • Neo Noir South Florida
    I continue to go back to certain movies. This is one that gets better with each viewing.
    William Hurt and Kathleen Turner provide the melting point, but the supporting cast is entirely up to the needed level to make this one of the best dark thrillers of the past 25 years. Ted Danson is particularly good in his turn as prosecutor, while the late Richard Crenna turns in a creditable performance as the money machine that ignites the fires of greed. J.A. Preston is terrific as the police investigator who follows, or is he led?, the trail of the crime.
    Moody, dark and intricate, with everything working, this is one of my favorites....more info
  • The movie is hot. The DVD is not.
    The movie is extremely enjoyable. Kathleen Turner and William Hurt give very good performances. Things are indeed hot in this movie.
    Whilst some elements are derivative of Hitchcock and some are predictable, it is enjoyable to see how they play out.

    The DVD is a disappointment. The casing is cardboard, not the hard plastic that better withstands time and usage. The widescreen version is a matted version that crops content off the top and bottom and does not appear to offer any more on the sides than the full screen version. The added content is OK....more info

  • Slick, intelligent, modern noir
    This is a very well-crafted murder suspense - a film noir with a modern touch. Meticulously directed with a moody atmoshperic theme (accompanied by an excellent background score), this is one of the best performances by William Hurt and Katherine Turner. Ted Danson is surprisingly entertaining in a supporting role. What it lacks in originality is made up for by great directions, witty dialogues, and very good acting. This film has a lot more intrigue than the much-advertised steamy sex scenes....more info
  • Amazing film!
    This film is definitely not given the credit that it is due. It is spicy and enticing all the way through. As a student of the law I can definitely relate the everything that occurs in this film. The main characters are full of plotting, schemes, and deceit. This movie teaches a great lesson for life, showing what can happen when you are not careful, let your guard down, and get too entrapped in physical relationships. This movie is highly recommended. You will love it!...more info