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Trailers from Hell Talks Lawrence Kasdan's 'Body Heat'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood June 16, 2014 at 12:42PM

Today on Trailers from Hell, Dan Ireland talks Lawrence Kasdan's sweaty, pulpy 1981 Southern gothic "Body Heat," starring Kathleen Turner. Later this week, look out for more psychosexual thrillers, with "Basic Instinct" and "Eyes Wide Shut" coming up on TFH!
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'Body Heat'
'Body Heat'

Today on Trailers from Hell, Dan Ireland talks Lawrence Kasdan's sweaty, pulpy 1981 Southern gothic "Body Heat," starring Kathleen Turner.

Archetypal film noirs like "The Postman Always Rings Twice" were steeped in sex but kept the main event behind closed doors. "Body Heat," Lawrence Kasdan's 1981 noir revival, puts the sex front and center (along with several other positions). Set during a heat wave in a tony Florida suburb, "Body Heat" was an enormous success and much of that can be attributed to Kathleen Turner's breakthrough performance as the sweaty femme fatale plotting her husband’s murder with her lover played by William Hurt. Mickey Rourke has an incendiary cameo as (appropriately) a demolition expert and  John Barry provided the laconically sexy soundtrack, heavy on the saxophone. 

Look out for more psychosexual noirs this week, with "Basic Instinct" and "Eyes Wide Shut" coming up on TFH!

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.