“Body Heat” in the Barossa

Barossa Film Club presents the 1981 erotic thriller “Body Heat”, with an all-star cast, including Kathleen Turner, William Hurt, Mickey Rourke, Richard Crenna and Ted Danson. An excellent crime drama in the style of Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain, and Dashiell Hammett, Director-writer Lawrence Kasdan borrows liberally in style from 1940s film noir and incorporates a plot reminiscent of “Double Indemnity”, but he adds a steamy sexuality more in keeping with contemporary films. Set in steamy hot Florida, the movie follows the ill-fated course of Ned Racine (William Hurt), a rather dim-witted attorney who gets deeply involved with sultry Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner), a woman who wants her husband dead. Hurt gives a superior performance–we can actually see him thinking, rather painfully–while Turner makes a fine femme fatale after the model of Lauren Bacall. Ted Danson is also excellent as a slightly nerdy lawyer-friend of Ned’s while Mickey Rourke, in one of his early screen appearances, shows the promise of things to come.
Doors open at 7 pm for a 7.30pm screening on Friday 20th October, at the Faith College Wine Centre. Entry is free to Film Club Members and guests and membership is obtainable at the door. For enquiries, phone President Imelda Carson on 8564 8225