Body Heat

  • 18
  • Lawrence Kasdan (1981)
  • US
  • 108 min
Body Heat
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

This dazzling directorial debut from Lawrence Kasdan packs a steamy punch. William Hurt plays the small-town lawyer who falls for femme fatale Kathleen Turner only to find himself ensnared in a tortuous plot to murder her wealthy husband (Richard Crenna). Kasdan respectfully tips his hat to classics such as Double Indemnity, but the intricate plotting and sly humour ensure that his film stands in its own right. The performances are first rate, too: Turner positively sizzles, while Hurt is excellent as the ordinary Joe getting increasingly out of his depth. There's also a creepy cameo from Mickey Rourke and a jolly supporting role for the then unknown Ted Danson.

Plot Summary

Thriller starring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner. With Florida in the grip of a stifling heat wave, lawyer Ned Racine becomes embroiled in a torrid love affair with scheming Matty Walker. Together they plan to kill her wealthy husband.

Cast and crew


Ned Racine
William Hurt
Matty Walker
Kathleen Turner
Edmund Walker
Richard Crenna
Peter Lowenstein
Ted Danson
Oscar Grace
J A Preston
Teddy Lewis
Mickey Rourke
Mary Ann
Kim Zimmer
Jane Hallaren
Roz Kraft
Lanna Sanders
Miles Hardin
Michael Ryan
Heather Kraft
Carola McGuinness
Judge Costanza
Larry Marko
Deborah Lucchessi
Lynn Hallowell
Michael Glenn
Thom J Sharp
Mrs Singer
Ruth Thom


Lawrence Kasdan

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists Ltd
Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 18