Perfectly woven erotic thriller, made from the same cloth of noir classics "The postman always rings twice" and "Double indemnity". Sensuality fill its air thanks to great writing, John Barry's jazzy score and the debutant Kathleen Turner's presence. Destiny and greed always step on a murderous pact between lovers
Yeah, it owes a lot to prior noirs like Double Indemnity, but it has its own unique film that makes it essential. The way that Kasdan is able to visually express the oppressive heat swarming over everything is unforgettable.
Body Heat corrects the non-inherent problems in its forerunner, Double Indemnity. The suspense and tension is raised in the initial affair scenes with the fear of getting caught, and it lacks the 1940's censors, sizzling with eroticism. It also neglects many of the dull scam-theory expositions of it too. Yet, Body Heat still shows that the initial idea is still quite ordinary in its plot and non-unique in its story.
"Body Heat" is smouldering, sexy and smart. Kathleen Turner's breakout role as an insidious femme fatale completely made the movie for me. William Hurt also played very well the role of the brainless-dick. A very hot neo-noir.
Kasdan takes sexuality and moodiness from film noir and turns them into the pervasive driving force of a thrilling neo-noir. Turner sizzles and Hurt is the epitome of a duped male. There is, however, something missing that I can't quite point my finger to, but overall an entertaining film that stands on its own as well, not requiring much knowledge of film noir.