Body Heat is a 1981 neo-noir film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It stars William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson, J.A. Preston and Mickey Rourke. It may be cited as an example of postmodern pastiche, as its sets are an intentional mix of visual eras.
A substantial portion of the film was shot in downtown Lake Worth, Florida; and in the oceanside enclave of Manalapan. Both communities are located in east-central Palm Beach County, Florida.
The film launched Turner's movie career and was Kasdan's directorial debut.
Ned Racine (Hurt), an inept and rather sleazy Florida lawyer, becomes entangled with Matty Walker (Turner), a ruthless femme fatale who is plotting to murder her wealthy husband (Crenna) and collect his entire estate. Racine murders the husband, enlisting the help of one of his shadier clients, an expert on incendiary devices (Mickey Rourke), to help him cover up the crime. The plot is similar to the Billy Wilder film Double Indemnity, a made-for-TV remake of which starred Crenna himself as the killer.
All seems to have gone well until an unknown person begins feeding the prosecutor's office bits of incriminating evidence. Reluctantly, Racine's best friends, soft-shoe-dancing District Attorney Peter Lowenstein (Danson) and police detective Oscar Grace, begin to follow the guilty couple's trail.
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Produced by Fred T. Gallo
Written by Lawrence Kasdan
Starring William Hurt
Music by John Barry
Cinematography Richard H. Kline
Editing by Carol Littleton
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) August 28, 1981 U.S. release
Running time 113 min
Country United States
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