Body Heat

1981, Movie, R, 113 mins

Review

BODY HEAT
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An excellent crime drama in the style of Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain, and Dashiell Hammett. Director-writer Lawrence Kasdan borrows liberally in style from 1940s film noir and incorporates a plot reminiscent of DOUBLE INDEMNITY, but he adds a steamy sexuality more in keeping with contemporary films. Set in Florida, the movie follows the ill-fated course of Ned Racine (William Hurt), a rather dim-witted attorney who gets deeply involved with sultry Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner), a woman who wants her husband dead. Hurt gives a superior performance--we can actually see him thinking, rather painfully--while Turner makes a fine femme fatale after the model of Lauren Bacall. Ted Danson is also excellent as a slightly nerdy lawyer-friend of Ned's; Mickey Rourke, in one of his early screen appearances, shows the promise of things to come; and the other supporting roles are likewise well handled. leave a comment

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