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½ August 25, 2017
Sexy, steamy, ruthless Body Heat is one of those movies that gets branded in your mind. It has a great script with smart turns and twists that keeps you on your toes and like every good film noir a perfect leading lady. Sure William Hurt is giving the goods, but Kathleen Turner plays every angle with the kind of grit needed for a brilliantly written character. Its bread and butter is that it will keep you guessing and the best part is it has an unpredictable ending.
½ August 18, 2017
A solid neo-noir led by Hurt and Turner, who both look the part, but also show special ability as their relationship progresses. The screenplay especially reflects at once the charm and curiosity, but by the end, shows just how well orchestrated films can be.
February 5, 2017
Surprisingly entertaining early eighties thriller that has more plot twists than an episode of Murder, She Wrote which at times I thought I was watching.
It has that made for television feel. Maybe it is because the film is nearly forty years old?
It has a stellar cast including William Hurt (not the late John Hurt) as lawyer Ned Racine, Kathleen Turner (Matty Walker - apparently!) in her film debut and Ted Danson with a pre Three Men and a Baby hairstyle.
The plot is very reminiscent of film noir genre. Matty is a female vamp who entraps Ned in a murder/inheritance case with copious amounts of naked shenanigans to make up the screenplay!
As well as the copulation a Florida heatwave is behind the film's title.
On reading the production team credits I noticed that the music was scored by legendary James Bond composer John Barry. I noticed some strings from the Moonraker score in there.
At the time of the film's release in 1981 it was some thirty or forty years since the height of film noir releases.
The sex scenes are tame in today's social media driven society but I can imagine they were considered quite 'steamy' at the time.
Turner who I have only feint eighties recollections in Romancing The Stone makes a splendid screen debut.
A film that is worthy of its quite high ratings.
December 4, 2016
good noirish throwback and gr8 directorial debut from lawrence kasdan
June 17, 2016
"Modern" film noir classic. Perfect casting, great stylized dialog.
½ June 13, 2016
Attorney is seduced by mesmerizing beauty and reluctantly agrees to murder her husband in this dark erotic thriller.
March 15, 2016
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.
February 26, 2016
One of the sexiest (and most seductive) movies ever made, a steamy turn of film-noir about a woman who convinces her lover to murder her rich husband, so she can inherent his fortune . . . but wait until you see the twist ending! Rich John Barry score combine with grand noir look and unbeatable acting in this now-classic movie.
February 20, 2016
Such a powerful plot and convincing acting by the leading characters ! In overall one of the best movies in 80's.
January 29, 2016
Imagine Brian De Palma at the head of this gem. But it's very good as it is, William Hurt is suprisingly good and Jon Hamm must have taken some notes from him. Excellent.
January 7, 2016
He first sees her on a hot summer night. The wind tosses her air and rumples the edges of her white skirt, the humid, stagnant air able to keep everyone feeling destitute except her - in the heat, she comes alive, glowing as jocose conversation revolves around her very presence. Men buzz around her like mosquitoes swarming a naked lightbulb; women wish they could be her, able to flaunt their sexuality with Rita Hayworth untouchability and able to bewitch with their looks just as much as their dispositions. She is competent, beautiful, and deadly. Her name is Matty (Kathleen Turner), the wife of millionaire Edmund Walker (Richard Crenna).
For Ned Racine (William Hurt), an influenceable lawyer, his introductory glimpse of this specimen of a woman is enough to satisfy his boyhood fantasies for the rest of his thankless life. Not starting a flirtation is out of the question; opportunities to liaison with femmes as poised as Lauren Bacall rarely arise in this small Florida town - her being married is not an obstacle. It's something to sneak around, like an unusually intelligent house rat who knows where the family feline fancies to stretch out.
The chemistry between Ned and Matty is electric to the touch, instant and irreversible the moment they make eye contact. Their dialogue is coquettish and clever - a connection as cinematic as this one has never occurred during Ned's banal existence, though we suspect that Matty could deliver breathy one-liners in her sleep. She was born to maneuver men, wear them like a 16-carat diamond ring shining on her middle finger. Ned, whom she begins having an affair with almost immediately after their initial meeting, is a fly trapped within her black widow's web of manipulation.
Matty swears to her newest plaything that she hates her husband, that he's a brute of a man who doesn't give her the attention, both emotionally and physically, she needs to survive. Divorcing him will leave her penniless; she'll have been a part of a loveless union for nothing. Concerned that his dream woman cannot make it the rest of her life on love alone, Ned, despite being a man on the right side of the law, conjures up a plan that comes to show that he isn't familiar with film noir: what if they killed Mr. Walker, made it look accidental, and, therefore, give Matty the financial oneupmanship she feels she so much deserves?
The trials and tribulations of "Body Heat" are certainly derivative of a certain movie I'm sure you won't be able to stop thinking about during its length: "Double Indemnity," a film noir classic that introduced the recurring thriller storyline in which a seductive femme fatale coerces a morally sound man to leave his doubts at the door in favor of appeasing his female master. Some praise "Body Heat" for breathing new life into this sort of plot, and some dismiss it for its repetitive nature.
I sit somewhere in the middle, cognizant toward the film's proficiency in making a new kind of noir (sexually explicit, not reliant on censors, and more intent on modernization than paying homage) rather than imitating the dance moves of its objects of affection. But I also found myself bothered by just how much it takes from its '44 model - things don't feel as crisp as much as they do simplistically updated, as though we're watching a better-than-average remake starring the modern equivalents of Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck.
But I cannot wholeheartedly say that this is a bad thing, because film noir is a timeless genre and because MacMurray and Stanwyck still make for one of the most memorable star-crossed pair of lovers to be spotlighted on the silver screen. "Body Heat" isn't the classic it is so frequently billed as, and yet it holds a certain kind of smoky interest that never lets us turn a blind eye to its delicious noir cinematography, old-fashioned score, and strong central performances. It is what a 1940s film noir might have been had sexual frankness been something the Hays Code agreed with - Kathleen Turner, with her husky voice and sinuous composure, is among the sexiest leading ladies of all time. But "Body Heat" borrows more than it invents, diverting though subordinate.
½ January 3, 2016
A good suspenseful thriller. The twist is probably out of your thoughts.
Super Reviewer
½ December 27, 2015
An obvious throwback to the classic noir films of the 40s and 50s, "Body Heat" like, "The Long Goodbye" (1973), serves to remind us how truly great the 40s and 50s were to cinema. It is surprisingly sexual, albeit in a more graphic sense rather than via steamy innuendo, which may turn off purists, and conversely seems a little too derivative at times as well. Still, Body Heat wraps things up to a more than satisfactory conclusion. It's ultimately a good dose of fun, albeit with some slightly uneven pacing
October 25, 2015
a very good 1981 neo noir movie influnced by late 1940s film noir. Kathleen Turner excellent in a femme Fataile role
August 17, 2015
Uno de mis géneros favoritos de cine es el "film noir", tan representativo de los años 40's y 50's, y es un deleite ver cómo aún en el cine moderno pueden lograrse piezas fundamentales y definitivas cuando hablamos de este género. Recién vi esta película de los años 80's por primera vez y de ley tiene que nombrarse como un ejemplo de film noir del más experto. Los elementos están presentes (la femme fatale y el hombre que se rinde a sus encantos, la intriga, el estilo de llevar la historia con sus twists impredecibles, los elementos que sirven como motivos -el calor vaporoso de Florida en este caso-); todo, todo, todo está en sintonía para lograr una obra maestra que ya es considerada un clásico por muchos. Los diálogos sugerentes de la primera escena entre Kathleen Turner y William Hurt son de antología y su química en pantalla es como pocas. Ted Danson y Mickey Rourke están perfectos en el reparto. Una película de la que Hitchcock se hubiera sentido orgulloso y creo que no puede haber mejor halago. Imperdible!
June 1, 2015
Perfect plot yet the pace can be a lot faster. What would you expect from a 1981 movie however.
½ May 18, 2015
Anthony DiNozzo, the NCIS's character that is a films lover, mentioned twice at least this film in the series. So, I was curious about it and got the DVD. Yes it deserves the expectation, "Body Heat" is a film with a debutant Kathleen Turner as Matty Walker, which can convince a man to do whatever she wants for her. Ned Racine (William Hurt) is the male seducer that becomes the victim of this maneater. The heat of Miami and the heat of love scenes complement themselves. The noir film genre reinvented.
May 15, 2015
One of my all time favorite movies. William Hurt and Kathleen Turner burn up the screen in their sex scenes but all absolutely essential to the overall plot. With more subdued sex scene, the movie would have no raison d'etre. It was an amazingly movie and it holds up very well after 34 years. This remains one of Turner's best movie. The supporting cast was also uniformly excellent, most especially a pre-Sam Malone Ted Danson. Mickey Rourke, Richard Crenna and Kim Zimmer were all memorable.
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