A wildly sensual movie starring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner, in her screen debut. Turner, a fine southern gal, married to the embarrassingly wealthy Richard Crenna, has a itch that needs scratched. Just a little blase' about her long suffering marriage, she meets up with Hurt one dark sultry night and an unholy tryst begins.
Hurt is a dime store attorney that contacts one of his clients', Mickey Rourke, to learn the ins and outs of eliminating someone in a most appropriate way. Rourke goes along with the deal, giving him all the finesse he needs, then suddenly finds himself immersed in the tragedy as well. When Kathleen goes to Rourke for help and further advice, Hurt becomes wary about her intentions. This is truly a movie with many plot lines and twists to the story and well worth a long look.
Released in 1981, it is full of highly erotic sensuality, steamy scenery and you can practically feel the heat rising from the pavement. Turner and Hurt impart enough emotion between them to make the casual bystander feel the passion. Richard Crenna, not usually one of my favorites, plays the part of the scheming construction magnet with delightful aplomb, transferring his general nasty boy' image well into this role.
Mickey Rourke, who seems to always be the guy on the edge, makes a limited visit but what little he is there is worthwhile. He, as usual, sneaks around the edge of your emotions, giving you just a taste of the bad boy he would later become. Ted Danson (fully coiffed!) plays the sometimes friend/sometimes foe of Hurt. Not a particularly powerful role, but he gave it all he needed to.
Written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan (Meg Kasdan plays the nurse in the movie), this was a well rounded production. All roles were perfectly cast and the actors fell into their parts with a naturalness that came across to the audience easily. This movie follows the vein of Double Indemnity, where the woman becomes the evil person by enlisting the help of a smitten lover to off her husband.
I highly recommend this movie for it's drama, it's love scenes, and it's well constructed acting.
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In this humid, atmospheric film noir, a sweltering summer in south Florida sets the stage for a dark romance between an attorney and a beautiful woman as they plot her wealthy husband's early demise. Mickey Rourke's debut as an arson expert on parole is convincing and the script by Kasdan is dazzlingly treacherous.