The soundtrack is what stands out right away for me. That combined with the opressive feeling of heat the weather is creating give the movie a lethargic yet sultry feel. The dialogue and plot are clear nods to noir, as is pointed out by all viewers yet the limitations on noirs in regards to sexuality don't apply here. This movie is all about sex, hot passion, and murder. Recommended!!
(...)Seine Charaktere wirken modern und doch sprechen sie so miteinander, als ob sie gerade aus den 40er Jahren angereist kämen. Am besten ist der Dialog, in dem Turner und Hurt ihr Verbrechen planen. Normalerweise versuchen sich die Täter zuvor selbst zu rechtfertigen. Die Tat soll so entschuldbar sein, zumindest für sie selbst. In Body Heat aber erklärt Ned: “That man is gonna die for no reason but we want him to(.
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.
Her husband thinks he's hot shit walking down the stairs with the gun in his hand, but in fact he's got about one minute to live. Sucker. Kasdan's uncredited remake honors, maybe surpasses, Double Indemnity. His direction is academic in a good way: the visual rhetoric is self-conscious, both film-historically and emotionally, and for me it works. Good combination of slow pace, heat motif and eroticism.