Body Heat (Deluxe Edition)
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William Hurt and Kathleen Turner strike sparks in Lawrence Kasdan's Body Heat, a sexy, haunting tale of desire and skullduggery that echoes 1940s film noirs but is charged with an energy and passion that could only flare in the '80s. Aided by a sultry John Barry score, Kasdan's assured directorial debut foreshadowed the emotional textures he would bring to later films The Big Chill, The Accidental Tourist and Grand Canyon. Sit back and bask in this contemporary classic's wicked warmth.

DVD Features:
Additional Scenes
Featurette:Body Heat: The Plan Body Heat: The Production Body Heat: The Post-Prodution
Interviews:1981 Interview Footage with Kathleen Turner and William Hurt
Theatrical Trailer

While scoring high-profile credits as a screenwriter (including The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Raiders of the Lost Ark), Lawrence Kasdan made his directorial debut with this steamy, contemporary film noir in the tradition of Double Indemnity and other classics from the 1940s. In one of his most memorable roles, William Hurt plays a Florida lawyer unwittingly drawn into a web of deceit spun by Kathleen Turner (in her screen debut) as a married socialite who plots to kill off her husband with Hurt's assistance. Kasdan's dialogue is a hoot (sometimes it borders on satire), and the sultry atmosphere is a perfect complement to the perspiration-soaked chemistry between Hurt and Turner, whose love scenes caused quite a stir when the film was released in 1981. John Barry's score sets the provocative mood, and both Ted Danson and Mickey Rourke are splendid in memorable supporting roles. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews:

  • 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
  • Let's give Mr. Barry a nod
    You can get the plot summary from the other reviews and I agree with them. I just wanted to point out how much John Barry's score adds to this film. If you appreciate how much a good score can enhance your enjoyment of a film, you will get an extra kick from this one.

    By the way, when watching the film keep your eye out for the scene where Matty hands an envelope to her girl friend. You might not notice it if you don't and it will help you understand what happens at the end....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
  • A Steamy Film Noir
    Ned Racine (William Hurt) is a Florida lawyer (apparently not a very good one) who meets Matty Walker, (Kathleen Turner) the sexy, beautiful wife of a rich husband she wants eliminate for obvious reasons-- she wants his money. Racine falls into Matty's bed and her clutches in this little gem of a movie. In the beginning, this couple mostly just takes their clothes off as they are embroiled in passion; but the plot "heats" up" quickly. I don't want to give the byzantine story away to first-time viewers, but there's not a dull frame in this film.

    What makes this movie so successful is two first class performances by Hurt (I think one of our best actors) and Turner in what was her first major film role. Additionally the atmosphere is stunning. You can literally feel the heat, both from the sex and the termperature as read on the thermometer in this movie. The bedroom scenes are as hot as I have seen and not at all gratuitous here. The characters are drenched in sweat most of the time and there are fans and air conditioners everywhere running overtime. This would be a great movie to watch in the dead of winter.

    This movie co-stars Richard Crenna, Ted Danson and Mickey Rourke. Danson is a vision in a dark wig and Sammy Davis Junior glasses as a local district attorney. I could never decide if he was miscast or not, but everyone else is quite spendid....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
  • Hook Line and Sinker
    If you want to watch the self-caused destruction of a genuine chump, this is the film for you. Ned Racine (GREAT name for a fall guy!) is a not-too-bright, but good-looking small-time shyster lawyer whose lust and greed lure him into the trap set by a similarly greedy (but smart) co-conspirator who is willing to do what is necessary. Watching Mr. Racine incrementally understand, as the plot unfolds, how much trouble he has gotten himself into is absolutely delightful. I know I dated this woman at some point in my past, but she saw how nice and honest I was and immediately realized I would never help her bump off her rich old man. Unlike Ned, I was very lucky to elude her tentacles....more info
  • Zowie
    This classic example of film noir is the one. Lawrence Kasdan scored big in this one, his directorial debut. Kathleen Turner plays a spider spinning a very complex web of deceit, and William Hurt plays a Florida lawyer led astray by desire, sex, steam heat, and the sneakiest plot of duplicity you could possibly imagine. Released in 1981, the movie caused quite an uproar with its sex scenes; the pairing of Hurt and Turner turned out to be cinema magic.
    Be sure to watch it with someone you want to spend the night with....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!
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  • 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
  • Review of new edition of "Body Heat" is it worth it? Yep.
    Matty: "You're not too smart. I like that in a man"
    Ned: What else to you like? Lazy? Ugly? Horny? I got'em all.
    Matty: You don't look lazy.

    Finally upgraded on DVD this top notch film noir looks better better than the previous edition on DVD. It isn't perfect (image appears a bit soft at times but part of that was intentionally due to the soft diffuse photography by Richard Kline the other part of that could be due to the interpostive negative aging)We can practically see the heat and humidity sweat through the TV screen. It also has some very nice extras for fans of the film. John Barry's sultry score sounds rich and creamy in the 5.1 remix on this disc.

    William Hurt plays criminal lawyer Ned Racine who gets pulled into an affair with married woman Matty (Kathleen Turner). She has a solution to all of their woes when she suggests they murder her wealthy husband (Richard Crenna). Featuring strong performances from a top notch supporting cast including Mickey Rourke and Ted Danson "Body Heat" recalls films like "The Postman Always Rings Twice" with its noir plot but has its own unique twists and turns.

    The previous edition had very little in the way of extras. This re-release includes three featurettes on the production of the film covering everything from pre-production to post -production. We find out for example that George Lucas personally agreed to underwrite any budget overruns but did so quietly without telling Kasdan and did it on his own accord. Also Alan Ladd Jr. insisted that Hurt shave his mustache as he felt it made him look too sleazy (precisely the point). Kasdan just went ahead and shot it his way. After they saw the dalies they never complained about it again. Other interviews include new comments from Hurt, Turner, Danson, Editor Carol Littleton, cinematographer Richard Kline and director Kasdan discussing various aspects of the production. Hurt has always marched to a different drum and that's evident in both the new and original 1981 interviews included with this set. He's certainly off-beat.We also get five deleted scenes and the original theatrical trailer. While it might have been nice to integrate some of the deleted scenes back into the film they wouldn't have benefited this already tightly coiled film.

    This along with "The Big Chill" and Kasdan's revival of the epic western "Silverado" continues to be the highlight of his career as a hyphenate. Although he would go on to writer/direct other challenging and memorable films such as "The Accidental Tourist", "Grand Canyon" and "Wyatt Earp" (not to mention the underrated "I Love You To Death") "Body Heat" established his mastery of both the written word and fleeting image of cinema.

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  • Stylish mystery; with excellent acting, and a hot Turner.
    This movie, which follows the relationship between a lawyer (William Hurt) and a sultry woman (Kathleen Turner) provides a stylish mix, of sex, mystery, and relationships. With excellent performances throughout; and a very hot (at that time) Ms. Turner, it's a fairly good movie. Nice "jazzy" soundtrack, with the exception of one Bob Seger song (also cool). Kathleen Turner is one cool lady, as she seeks to knock off her husband (Richard Crenna), and later; when she gets greedy, her lover (Mr. Hurt). The sex was fairly steamy, given that it was an "R" movie, and she can convey more eroticism; with her facial expressions than some women could with their entire (nude) bodies. And speaking of bodies, while Ms. Turner isn't the most (physically) endowed woman, she does manage to use what she has to advantage. Sex aside, some interesting supporting performance by Ted Danson and Mickey Rourke too. Worth a look....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
  • Great Film Noir. Never Has A Film Had Such Sexual Tension.
    The greatest film noir ever made! (Detour [1945] is second) Perfectly cast. It was this film where I took notice of William Hurt and would forever remember Kathleen Turner in such a memorable role (Her first film). Director Lawrence Kasdan did an excellent and outstanding job on this film. A one of a kind. never has a film made me feel such sexual tension and wanting. You can feel the heat! Ted Danson has an annoying role. Richard Crenna plays a real McCoy of a husband. Mickey Rourke in an earlier role before his success. You may recognize Lanna Saunders who played "Marie Horton" (a nun) on the NBC serial Days Of Our Lives from 1979-1985. Another soap opera actress, Kim Zimmer also has a very important role in this movie. Widescreen and Full Screen available on one disc. Adults Only!...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
  • 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
    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
  • 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
  • Beware!
    Don't get me wrong because I love this movie but I got it with a few extras that I didn't expect. First I thought it was a little tacky that there was a price tag on the DVD that was $3 less then what I paid for it. Paying a little extra money wasn't what really made me mad because I still got a pretty good deal for the DVD, what made me angry was the fact that the DVD arrived with little insects crawling on it! I think that the DVD came from a warehouse in Illinois so watch out! My package arrived sealed with my DVD and compementary insects inside....more info
  • Sizzling
    "Body Heat" has it all - sex, murder and suspense. Kathleen Turner sizzles in her acting debut, and William Hurt , although timid, pulls off the role as an attorney with a big distraction. Hard to believe it was over 20 years ago when this film was made. A very entertaining movie that I am sure you will enjoy.

    "Body Heat" was one of those early DVD releases, coming out in 1998. Nevertheless, the transfer is very pleasing except for the occasional 'not so sharp' scenes. The soundtrack is denoted on the cover as 5.1 mix but this must be an error by Warners. Let me say the soundtrack is more front focussed because the rear speakers did not get a boo at all. In fact, I think my subwoofer also got the night off!
    There are limited special features on this disc, such as the trailer, talent profiles and 'behind the scenes' (which is actually screen based text)....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
  • about the movie body heat.......
    This story is basically about muder case in the ned where the body of the murdered person is being burnt by arson(need to know more can easily make your purchase here...not going to review everything which makes the story uninteresting). There are not many sex scenes in this movie but there are lots of sentences that review the word sex. There is one ver short sex scene inside where the actress in moaning with her face on the bed during the sex. I saw this movie, killing me softly as well as color of night from the pirated DVD disc made in Malaysia. For those whom are interested to buy this genre of movie, this is a ***recommended purchase***...more info
  • This Will Heat You Up On A Cold Winter Night!
    A modern remake of the 1940s film, "Double Indemnity," this movie has a solid, large fan base of its own. That's justifiable, too, because this is well done. It's a pity the Blu-Ray edition is so horrible (from all reliable sources) because I would buy it on that format.

    Anyway, Body Heat sports a 1940s-type film noir soundtrack but the rest is purely 1980s. By that, I mainly mean nudity and profanity, although the language isn't that offensive.

    Kathleen Turner plays a femme fatale, similar to Barbara Stanwyck's role with Fred MacMurray in "Double Indemnity," except with a different ending. Actually, the entire story is quite different from the classic film noir. William Hurt has MacMurray's male lead role.

    This is steamy movie to say the least. It's the kind of film you snuggle up with someone on a cold winter night. It will warm you up as much as your partner! Set on hot, humid Florida summer nights, you can almost feel the heat coming out from the TV screen and the heat from the two leads going at it several times. Turner is excellent as a woman who will go to great lengths for money (as they sometimes do.)

    The story is divided into three segments: (1) the setup; (2) the romance and plotting of the crime and (3) the crime and unraveling of Hurt as things begin to go very wrong.

    An intriguing film, this loses nothing with multiple viewings. It's always interesting. The more I watched this, the more I found - as the case frequently is - myself fascinated with some of the lesser characters such as Hurt's two friends, played by Ted Danson and J.A. Preston.
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  • 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!



    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;

    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
    This film is simply top notch. With deft direction by Lawrence Kasdan, a stellar cast, and a clever, well thought out script written by the director himself, this is a moody, atmospheric film, reminiscent of those potboilers of the nineteen forties. Highly stylized, the film tautly maintains its tension and suspense.

    The plot is simple, yet ingenious. In steamy, hot, and sultry coastal Florida, a beautiful blonde, unhappily married socialite, Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner), a veritable man trap with her smoky voice and Venus de Milo curves, meets a womanizing chump, Ned Racine (William Hurt), a small town, not too successful lawyer. He can't believe his luck when he hooks up with the wealthy Matty, as most of the women with whom he consorts work as waitresses, nurses, or in other service occupations. Better yet, the sexy, alluring Matty seems to want him as much as he wants her, and a torrid affair ensues.

    Matty is married to a rapacious business man, Edmund Walker (Richard Crenna), whom Matty wants to have permanently removed. He is definitely a man with whom to reckon and the type of guy that takes no prisoners. He is, quite simply, a ruthless businessman, and the type of guy one loves to hate. He is also rich, very rich. Matty claims that she cannot divorce him without losing her wealthy life style, due to a draconian pre-nuptial agreement. Matty, in between huge dollops of steamy sex, does not hesitate to tell Ned how much she loves and wants him and that, were her husband to die, all that money would be theirs. Beneath her love goddess exterior, however, lies a mind like a steel trap.

    As Matty slowly spins her web and ensnares Ned, like a mouse in a trap, he falls into lock step with Matty's homicidal plans. What he does not initially realize is the extent of Matty's perfidy and deceit, until it is too late. As the realization of what actually has happened begins slowly to dawn upon Ned, it is a thing of on screen beauty and an absolutely brilliant contrivance with which to push the film further along to its ultimate resolution. What initially appears to be just a film about sexual obsession turns out to be something quite different, with enough plot twists to keep the viewer riveted to the screen.

    It is hard to believe that this was Ms. Turner's screen debut, so powerful a performance does she turn in. She is absolutely mesmerizing as the sexy siren with an agenda all her own. Just as she reels in Ned Racine, she reels in the viewer, as well, hook, line, and sinker. William Hurt is also terrific as the bottom of the barrel attorney who realizes too late that all is not what it seems. He approaches the role with the right amount of naivete, not letting the sleaze factor overwhelm the character. In the final analysis, there is a measure of sympathy for him, such as that for a little boy who is found with his hand caught inside the cookie jar, no easy feat given the nature of his character's actions.

    A goofy looking Ted Danson is excellent in the small role of Peter Lowenstein, the State's attorney and Ned's friend, who suspects that Ned may be involved in the death of Edmund Walker. He, too, plays a game of cat and mouse with him. J. A. Preston is wonderful as Ned's friend and the detective investigator who follows the homicide investigation no matter where it leads. Mickey Rourke is very good as Ned's client and small time criminal, as well as a man who seems to have more sense than his lawyer.

    This is a superlative film that is well worth having in one's collection. Bravo!...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