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Made from classic noir ingredients and flavored with a heaping helping of steamy modern spice, Body Heat more than lives up to its evocative title. Read critic reviews

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Shyster lawyer Ned Racine (William Hurt) begins a passionate affair with Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner), wife of a wealthy Florida businessman (Richard Crenna). With the help of one of his criminal clients, bomb maker Teddy Lewis (Mickey Rourke), Ned hatches a scheme to kill Matty's husband so that they can run away together with his money. But complications build upon double-crosses, launching the hapless lawyer into a situation far more treacherous than he imagined.

Cast & Crew

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
Michael Ryan
Miles Hardin
George Lucas
Executive Producer
John Barry
Original Music
Richard H. Kline
Cinematographer
Bill Kenney
Production Design
Rick Gentz
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Critic Reviews for Body Heat

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  • There's no mistaking the fact that Kasdan loves the tawdry genre he's working in.

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    April 30, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Still regarded as one of the steamiest movie's of all time, Body Heat is a fantastic exponenet of how noir has developed.

    February 8, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Lawrence Kasdan's 1981 noir fable is highly derivative in its overall conception, but it finds some freshness in its details.

    February 8, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Though Lawrence Kasdan's film is set in today's South Florida, its characters move through an atmosphere that suggests the confluences of decor and demeanor in a 1940s film noir.

    February 8, 2008 | Full Review…
  • There's no denying the narrative confidence that brings the film to its unfashionably certain double-whammy conclusion.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Body Heat

  • Dec 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
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  • May 26, 2012
    Oh my goodness it is so Dramatic wit a capital D, but in a good, film noirish, sweat-dripping-off-the-body kind of way.
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  • Nov 29, 2011
    William Hurt is one of the finest actors of his generation, and his performance in "Body Heat" only proves that statement further. Also, there's a great script here. Fantastic dialogue.
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  • Oct 30, 2011
    I really admire William Hurt. I think that he is one of the best actors of his generation, and his performance is Body Heat is wonderful. It's one of my main reasons for liking this film. But that is not the greatest thing about this film. To me, it is. But to you, who knows? You could say that you liked the performances from the supporting cast or the smooth Altman-like cinematography or even the dense and intelligent writing from Lawrence Kasdan, and all of these wood be good answers. Especially the writing. The writing here is fantastic. The dialogue is so perfect and meaningful, and it fits so perfectly with these characters. When they say it, you believe it because it's the kinds of things people talk about. AFI has this film listed on their "100 Thrills" list, yet I didn't find it all that thrilling. It was dramatic and some scenes were tense, but this, to me, is what a romantic picture is, or rather should be. And whaddaya know. Body Heat is on AFI's "100 Passions" list. Ha.
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