Body Heat

Body Heat

Lawrence Kasdan (1981)

X Certificate


Our Score
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.


A sleazy Florida lawyer has an illicit affair with a social-climbing femme fatale during a heatwave. She persuades him to help murder her wealthy husband so she can inherit his fortune, but as the plan spirals out of control, he begins to suspect he is being duped by his lover. Thriller, starring William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson and Mickey Rourke.

Cast & 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
Stella Jane Hallaren
Roz Kraft Lanna Sanders
Miles Hardin Michael Ryan
Heather Kraft Carola McGuinness
Judge Costanza Larry Marko
Beverly Deborah Lucchessi
Angela Lynn Hallowell
Michael Glenn Thom J Sharp
Mrs Singer Ruth Thom
Director Lawrence Kasdan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists LtdGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray