Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Body Heat (1981)

Director: Lawrence Kasdan

Starring: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, ted Danson, J.A. Preston, Mickey Rourke, Kim Zimmer, Jane Hallaren

More info: IMDb

Tagline: 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.

Plot: Ned Racine is a seedy small town lawyer in Florida. During a searing heatwave he's picked up by married Matty Walker. A passionate affair commences but it isn't long before they realise the only thing standing in their way is Matty's rich husband Edmund. A plot hatches to kill him but will they pull it off?

My rating: 9/10

Will I watch it again? YES!

Ooh, this is a steamy one.  Lawrence Kasden knocked this one out of the park with his screenplay and direction.  It's a fantastic modern noir.  Every aspect screams 1940s/1950s film noir from the look, the costumes, dialogue to John Barry's magnificently sexy score (damn, he was good).  William Hurt plays a great sucker and Kathleen Turner's (her first starring role) performance sits up there with the best femme fatales of all time.  She sizzles like nobody's business.  Kasdan does a great job turning up the heat from the locale to the sex scenes.  I feel like sweating when I watch it.  If you have seen this then you owe it to yourself to stop what your doing and slap it in (gee, if I had a nickel...).

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