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Body Heat

  R HD Closed Captioning

Lawrence Kasdan

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Plot Summary

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. This might have been the case, had not Matty been infinitely craftier than the cloddish Ned. Just when it seems as though the film has run out of plot twists, we're handed yet another surprise.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 36
  • Fresh: 35
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: While Body Heat involves murder, fraud, a weak hero led astray and a seductive, double-dealing broad, it also incorporates something new: a sexual explicitness that the old films could only hint at. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: 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. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Body Heat is good enough to make film noir play like we hadn't seen it before. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Feb 8, 2008

Fresh: Lawrence Kasdan's 1981 noir fable is highly derivative in its overall conception, but it finds some freshness in its details. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Nice, Miss Turner... Very nice...

Who's the bad guy here??? Honestly, I found myself cheering Miss Turner on! But this poor, poor string of men who get suckered in to her devilishly sexy world!!! This movie is a must see. Fantastic film noir, curiously easy acting, and smooth picture. Love it!

One of my faves

Smart, steamy... Here's what it's about: "During one hot and sultry Florida summer, a shady lawyer launches into a torrid relationship with a lonely woman married to a rich businessman." Great suspense movie with some twists.

Very Good Movie

I loved this movie.  It was very racy for the times in 1981.   Slow beginning, but once it was rolling, you couldn't stop watching. One of my favorite movies is Palmetto with it's twists and I consider it a must see. Some how, I feel Palmetto ripped off some of the turns and twists from this movie.