Body Heat

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

New digital director-approved transfer; 3 new featurettes; Body Heat: The Plan: screenplay and casting; The Production: filming; The Post-Production: editing, scoring, and release; Vintage interviews with William Hurt and Kathleen Turner; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, & Español (feature film only)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2006
  • UPC: 012569813786
  • Original Release: 1981
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,501

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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Body Heat
1. Credits [2:15]
2. Burning Up [1:29]
3. A Better Class of Client [2:40]
4. "I Like That in a Man" [5:04]
5. "You Shouldn't Wear That Body" [4:45]
6. Wind Chimes [4:07]
7. Body Heat [5:17]
8. When It Gets Hot [2:36]
9. Mary Ann [8:03]
10. Heather's Nightmare [2:24]
11. Dinner for Three [4:59]
12. "We Want Him Dead" [3:39]
13. Nothing Strange Can Happen [2:37]
14. Teddy's Advice [3:45]
15. "You Trying to Kill Me?" [2:33]
16. "He Has a Gun!" [1:59]
17. Getting Away With Murder [4:25]
18. A Problem With the Will [8:22]
19. Big-Time, Major-League Trouble [3:54]
20. All Alone Now [2:09]
21. An Undercover Agent [3:35]
22. What Heather Saw [2:23]
23. "Where Are the Glasses?" [2:52]
24. Dancing in the Dark [3:49]
25. Out of the Past [3:44]
26. The Boathouse [5:53]
27. A Fireball [4:34]
28. Whatever Was Necessary [3:41]
29. Smoocher and the Vamp [1:28]
30. "It's Hot"/End Credits [3:49]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Body Heat
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Lifted Scenes
         Play All
         In the Backseat
         Stewardess
         Practice Rund
         First Murder Attempt
         After the Attempt
      Body Heat Documentaries
         Play All
         Body Heat: The Plan
         The Production
         The Post-Production
      1981 Interview Footage With Kathleen Turner and William Hurt
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
         Français
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Español
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      Web Info
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Seduction Scene

    Body Heat is an awesome erotic dark thriller...the best ever film noir, and one that haunts for years after seeing it...Kathleen Turner's Matty would turn any man into a lusty animal and her ability to do so is demonstrated by the most dramatic and intense seduction scene ever where the caged animal (lawyer) is outside the house pacing upon his quarry Matty until his lust builds to the feral boiling point...WOW! What a scene! That's the way it's done! Haven't seen anything like it since.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Masterpiece

    This is one of those rare films that can stay with you for a lifetime. Kathleen Turner plays the femme fatale Matty Walker of sultry West Palm Beach Florida, and in her first screen role she delivers a knockout. This film is as sexy and suspenseful as it gets. Lawrence Kasdan could have won a Best Oscar for directing, and William Hurt and the supporting roles of Ted Danson, J.A. Preston, Richard Crenna and a cameo by young Mickey Rourke are all top-notch. The score is also incredibly haunting. One of the best thrillers ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant Noir

    Masterpiece! Very suspenseful and erotic thriller...William Hurt is brilliant and Kathleen Turner is sexy as ever....Look for brilliant supporting roles by Ted Danson and a young Mickey Rourke...Great stylish noir thriller

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