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Mainstream Feature – Body Heat

9 January: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

1981 – Certificate 18

– Body Heat –

Mainstream Film Noir Thriller

In this clever, modern film noir, Ned Racine (William Hurt) is a seedy small town lawyer in Florida who falls for the sultry but very married Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner). During a searing heat wave a passionate affair begins and it isn’t long before they hatch a plot to murder her rich husband.  The intricacies of legalese and America’s obsession with real estate are keynotes in the wiring of the set-up but are things what they seem and will they pull it off? 

Noir is the genre of night, guilt, violence and illicit passion, and no genre is more seductive.  This film brought the film noir genre up to date, making stars of Hurt and Turner and including Richard Crenna and the then relatively unknown Ted Danson and Mickey Rourke in substantial supporting roles.

Running Time 108 mins

Ratings Info Contains Contains strong language and sexual scenes

Director(s) Lawrence Kasdan

Cast includes William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson, J. A. Preston, Mickey Rourke,

Certificate  18

Nominations & Awards Eight Nominations

The Guardian – “Body Heat” at 40: the sexiest and sweatiest film of the 80s.

Lawrence Kasdan’s thrilling update of Double Indemnity brought the noir template into a new decade with help from a never-better Kathleen Turner.

Few debut performances in film history have had the seismic impact of Turner’s in “Body Heat”, which is not only sexy, but has a cutting humour and up-for-anything quality that would pay dividends in 80s films like Romancing the Stone, Prizzi’s Honor, Peggy Sue Got Married and The War of the Roses.

The Telegraph – Kathleen Turner ………. femme fatale days are behind her now, but to remind yourself of the effect she had on film audiences in the 1980s, you need only take a look at her film debut, “Body Heat”.

The plot is supremely clever, involving Florida inheritance laws and various double-crosses. And just when you think you get what’s going on, the film springs yet another surprise on you.

It has all the elements of the originals (the convoluted plot, the seamy underbelly of life, the crackling dialogue) and more – graphic sex and the unnerving yet undeniably sensual atmosphere created by the sweltering heat in which the characters live, work and kill each other.

Roger Ebert – Lawrence Kasdan’s “Body Heat” (1981) is aware of the films that inspired it–especially Billy Wilder’s “Double Indemnity” (1944). But it has a power that transcends its sources.

In “Body Heat”, Kasdan’s original screenplay surrounds the characters with good, well-written performances in supporting roles; he creates a real world of police stations, diners, law offices and restaurants, away from which Matty has seduced Ned into her own twisted scenario.

“Body Heat” is good enough to make film noir play like we hadn’t seen it before.

Empire – Openly intending to reinvent the seething amorality of film noirs heyday in the ‘40s and ‘50s, Lawrence Kasdan gets his two key ingredients dead on: the cold heart of his screenplay and the sheer heat of his leading lady.

Kasdan fuses the traditions of old into his contemporary setting with some subtlety……… creating a film to sit proudly in the legacy of those nihilistic standard bearers of the past.

The New York Times – Nothing I’d heard about it in the interim had quite prepared me for the vitality of Mr. Kasdan’s original screenplay, nor for his remarkable treatment of it as its director.

“Body Heat” is a hard-breathing, sexy, old-fashioned morality tale, which evolves into a mystery story with a couple of twists that are only matched by the last four or five minutes of Billy Wilder’s screen version of Agatha Christie’s ”Witness for the Prosecution.”

ReelViews – ….….subtle eroticism has been taken out of the shadows and placed squarely in the spotlight. This is a sexy film – not pornographic or hard-core, but the kind of movie where there’s far more than a “glimpse of stocking.”

The sultry, sweaty atmosphere is part of the film’s DNA. John Barry’s lush score is equally critical. The bluesy music is so evocative of the films of the ’40s and ’50s that there are times when “Body Heat” begins to feel like a period piece, even though it is never intended to be.

“Body Heat” ……….. deserved to be remembered as one of 1981’s lasting contributions to cinema.

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