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Lawrence Kasdan


William Hurt
Richard Crenna
Kathleen Turner
Mickey Rourke
J.A. Preston
Ted Danson





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During the hottest time of the year, a man is convinced by his girlfriend to murder her husband - make it look accidental - so that they can be together. Will she turn on him in the end?

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Yojimbo 07/02/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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More famous for it's then shocking sex scenes, this is actually a quality noir thriller with a decent twist in the tale. The rather limited Kathleen Turner has never been better as the femme fatale.

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Alaine 12/12/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Body Heat...Florida. China Moon...Florida. Body Heat...woman wants husband dead and somebody framed. China Moon...ditto. Both of the framed men are in the legal profession (lawyer, cop). Coincidence or...?

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mitchellyoung 12/11/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Some of the drama and noir elements really work here and some don't. Sadly, most don't.

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08/09/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


Our Daily Free Stream: Body Heat. Seit Star Wars Wiederkehr ist auch der Autor Lawrence Kasdan wieder im Geschäft. Hier das Debüt einer wechselhaften Karriere. - Wie ein aufreizendes Mysterium, so verfolgt der Film Noir moderne Filmemacher bis heute. Noir, das Genre der Nacht. Schuld, Verstrickung, Verlangen - kein Genre ist verführerischer als der Film Noir. Die besten Filme dieser Art wurden in den 40ern und 50ern gemacht - noch bevor die Filmemacher überhaupt wussten, was sie da taten. Man sprach von B-Movies, später fanden französische Kritiker den Namen "Film Noir". Generationen von Cinephilen sahen seitdem die Noir Klassiker in Filmclubs oder Programmkinos. Nun folgt Kathleen Turner den Spuren der grossen Femme Fatales. Frauen ist es in den Filmen der schwarzen Serie erlau...


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07/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Ned Racine (William Hurt), a horny lawyer gigolo, tries to seduce married to Matty (Kathleen Turner), The score provided added to the sexiness and tension of the film. William Hurt and Kathleen Turner had good onscreen chemistry which was evident in the picture. The pace seems to dwindle with the overemphasized passionate scenes and the only time the plot got interesting was the crime angle. Maybe if this was directed by a Lynch or Cronenberg then it would have been more engaging, It was nice to see a young Mickey Rourke who had a small part. Supporting cast were average and the twist in the end didn't have much impact. Overall, Body Heat is no Unfaithful Wife, it is however viewable for those fans of noir related flicks that touches on greed and infidelity

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08/11/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Too Preoccupied with its Genre

The greatest quandary I face with 'Body Heat', along with many of the film's genre contemporaries, is the stratospheric level of genre evocation that the film employs. It may not suffer the same trappings of more recent noirs such as Michael Winterbottom's 'The Killer Inside Me' -- big-budget period reconstructions of film noir found in the candy sampler boxes of film genres; neo-noirs that stink of abecedarian cinephilia, void of life and individual identity; models displayed in the window fronts of cavernous department stores that are clean and neatly arranged, but lacking a personal touch -, but its studied academia toward the dialogue and staples of noir deny it an edge, indeed even a soupcon of spontaneity. The meditative pace can be relished, and the cinematography is generally aest...

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