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Issue: Spring, 2009

Body Heat (1981) movie review

We're Creating a Heat Wave

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... pretty soon people think the old rules are not in effect ...cause it's emergency time

Its hot in small town Florida. Clothes are off and crime is up. On a hot summer's night Ned Racine (WIlliam Hurt) meets Matty (Kathleen Turner), a beautiful and well-maintained woman with a husband who stays in the city during the week.

Racine is all that a small-time, not very competent shyster can be. He follows Matty back to her house and for the first time he denies his friends a detailed description of his adventures; not even telling them with whom he is involved.

Matty is careful, and more than that, greedy. In the sweat-filled nights she persuades Racine to conspire with her in the death of her husband.

Movie Poster, Body Heat, Festivale film review; 220x343

Movie poster, Body Heat

It's a hot summer. Ned Racine is waiting for something special to happen. And when it does... He won't be ready for the consequences.

I'm afraid because, when I think about it, I wish he'd die. It's horrible and it's ugly and it's what I most want... Talk is dangerous because sometimes it makes things real.

What Racine fails to consider is that cheaters cheat. Why does he trust his life to a woman who he knows is capable of betrayal?

Beautifully photographed and scripted, Body Heat is a moody masterpiece. Completely believeable and never becoming melodramatic, Body Heat is modern film noir, its flawed characters moving across the screen to an apt and seductive soundtrack.

A man is going to die for no reason but that we want him dead.

Absolutely worth watching.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 1981
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See also: Lawrence Kasdan also wrote The Big Chill , The Bodyguard

Just the facts:

Title: Body Heat (2009)
Written by: Lawrence Kasdan
Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan
Running time: 113 mins
Rating: MA

The Players: Kathleen Turner, William Hurt, Ted Danson, Richard Crenna, Mickey Rourke

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