Body Heat

Body Heat

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Director: Lawrence Kasdan

Cast: Lawrence Kasdan, William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna

     
 

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Lawrence Kasdan's first directorial effort is a throwback to the early days of film noir. The scene is a beastly hot Florida coastal town, where naive attorney Ned (William Hurt) is entranced by the alluring Matty (Kathleen Turner in her film debut). Ned is manipulated into killing Matty's much older husband (Richard Crenna), the plan being that Ned's knowledge of… See more details below

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Lawrence Kasdan's first directorial effort is a throwback to the early days of film noir. The scene is a beastly hot Florida coastal town, where naive attorney Ned (William Hurt) is entranced by the alluring Matty (Kathleen Turner in her film debut). Ned is manipulated into killing Matty's much older husband (Richard Crenna), the plan being that Ned's knowledge of legal matters will enable both conspirators to escape scott-free. This might have been the case, had not Matty been infinitely craftier than the cloddish Ned. Just when it seems as though the film has run out of plot twists, we're handed yet another surprise.

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It's very warm in the stuffy interiors of this thinly disguised remake of Double Indemnity. Kathleen Turner is so sultry in this Deep South film noir potboiler that it's hard to imagine that this was her first starring role. She plays a devious wife who spins a web that traps a naïve, mesmerized lawyer (William Hurt) in a scheme to kill her husband. Writer-director Lawrence Kasdan, in his directorial debut, keeps the suspense and eroticism at full power, with plot twists aplenty. He expertly uses the heat of the coastal Florida milieu; the film practically sweats. The film launched the careers of Turner and Kasdan and jump-started a noir revival. Ted Danson, Mickey Rourke, and Richard Crenna provide solid support. Kasdan, Turner, and Hurt reunited in 1988 for The Accidental Tourist.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/28/1998
UPC:
0085391614937
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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 Simpson
Jane Hallaren Stella
Lanna Saunders Roz Kraft
Carola McGuinness Heather Kraft
Michael Ryan Miles Hardin
Larry Marko Judge Costanza
Deborah Lucchessi Beverly
Lynn Hallowell Angela
Thom Sharp Michael Glenn
Robert Traynor Prison Trustee
Meg Kasdan Nurse

Technical Credits
Lawrence Kasdan Director,Producer,Screenwriter
John Barry Score Composer
Hal Bigger Special Effects
Gary Combs Stunts
Renie Conley Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred T. Gallo Producer
Rick T. Gentz Set Decoration/Design
Robert Grand Associate Producer,Production Manager
Michael Grillo Asst. Director
James M. Halty Stunts
Howard Jensen Special Effects
Bill Kenney Production Designer
Richard H. Kline Cinematographer
Carol Littleton Editor
George Lucas Producer
Jiri Macak Cinematographer
Vaclav Matejka Screenwriter
Michael McGowan Camera Operator
Richard McKenzie Set Decoration/Design
Wallis Nicita Casting
Milan Steindler Screenwriter
Steve Chambers Stunts
Sig Tingloff Set Decoration/Design

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