Warner Bros. Pictures | Release Date: August 28, 1981
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SpangleFeb 24, 2016
Body Heat may be more than a little bit sexist, but I still loved it. Dripping with sexual tension and energy, the film really reels you in and hits all the high notes a neo-noir film needs to hit. It is intriguing, sexual, and really takesBody Heat may be more than a little bit sexist, but I still loved it. Dripping with sexual tension and energy, the film really reels you in and hits all the high notes a neo-noir film needs to hit. It is intriguing, sexual, and really takes you for a loop throughout as you watch the plot unfold and finally figure out what is going on. In regards to that, this one is very, very well-written. The plot is complex and dense, but not too complex and really keeps you guessing throughout. The characters are fleshed out and really are a case of some serious foreshadowing cluing you into what is happening. The direction from Lawrence Kasdan is great and the attention to detail paid to the lighting, shots, and entire mise en scene is insane. Honestly, Body Heat is a phenomenal film that may be a touch sexist (okay, really sexist), but that does not detract from the overall product, which is truly a brilliantly crafted neo-noir erotic thriller. Expand
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WyahawJul 26, 2015
A haunting film, loosely based on the famous film noir "Double Indemnity". Kathleen Turner makes a fine femme fatale, William Hurt very plausible as the lawyer caught in her flirtatious web. The film manages to really capture a sense of aA haunting film, loosely based on the famous film noir "Double Indemnity". Kathleen Turner makes a fine femme fatale, William Hurt very plausible as the lawyer caught in her flirtatious web. The film manages to really capture a sense of a stiflingly hot Florida, so sultry that, as the detective puts it: "people think the old rules don't apply". The acting is uniformly excellent, the direction tight, the soundtrack memorable. I loved Double Indemnity, but Body Heat is, in its own way, no worse a movie. Enjoy. Expand
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juliankennedy23Jul 9, 2014
Body Heat: 9 out of 10: Many successful movies lose their ability to shock over the years. After hundreds of copy cats Alien isn't as effective as when it first came out. Kramer vs. Kramer certainly isn't the shocking eye opener it once was.Body Heat: 9 out of 10: Many successful movies lose their ability to shock over the years. After hundreds of copy cats Alien isn't as effective as when it first came out. Kramer vs. Kramer certainly isn't the shocking eye opener it once was.

Body Heat should suffer the same fate. It doesn't. Despite a hundred direct to video takes on the same story (six of them with the exact same title) the movie still works. In fact it works very well indeed.

Writer Lawrence Kasdan had just penned Raiders of the Lost Ark and Empire Strikes Back so it is a surprise he chooses noir for his first directing outing. (His next film was The Big Chill so this is one guy hard to pigeonhole) He both updates and in many ways upgrades the noir of the past.

By setting the movie in a Podunk Florida town he invokes John D Macdonald the way no Macdonald movie treatment has successfully done. His then unknown actors William Hurt and Kathleen Turner are pitch perfect.

This is a movie that really brings some new things to the table as it does some old things very well indeed. Like the best noir you are too involved to even begin to try to guess the next twist and turn.

Like Scorsese in Goodfellas or Huston in the Maltese Falcon Kasdan's directing is obviously very good yet his tricks remain hidden from view. Not a wasted shot and your television will sweat from all the heat generated.

Highly recommended to all fans of noir or simply fans of movies.
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MovieGuysMar 12, 2014
Body Heat is a great film debut for Kasdan. He sets the scene for this film noir drama by carefully playing out his characters and conveniently avoiding some of the fatal clich├ęs involved with these kinds of movies.
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Artie412Apr 3, 2013
I don't give "10s," and this review is 32 years late, but Body Heat is one of those films that you can see over and over. It's a shame that there was never a sequel to Body Heat, or that the same elements didn't produce another neo-noir. II don't give "10s," and this review is 32 years late, but Body Heat is one of those films that you can see over and over. It's a shame that there was never a sequel to Body Heat, or that the same elements didn't produce another neo-noir. I recommend this film highly. Expand
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oliver1hApr 2, 2013
The plot of this movie is totally unrealistic. I could not believe in these characters for a minute, even though the actors did a good job, but the problem is with the writing of the movie.
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AlanM.Nov 25, 2008
Great Film Noir. My favorite of many great Lawrence Kasdan films, with Kathleen Turner at her sexiest best. Great intrigue and setup.
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MichaelR.Oct 10, 2007
This homage to Double Indemnity is one of the most captivating film noirs since Double Indemnity.
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