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Story

While scoring high-profile credits as a screenwriter (including The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Raiders of the Lost Ark), Lawrence Kasdan made his directorial debut with this steamy, contemporary film noir in the tradition of Double Indemnity and other classics from the 1940s. In one of his most memorable roles, William Hurt plays a Florida lawyer unwittingly drawn into a web of deceit spun by Kathleen Turner (in her screen debut) as a married socialite who plots to kill off her husband with Hurt's assistance. Kasdan's dialogue is a hoot (sometimes it borders on satire), and the sultry atmosphere is a perfect complement to the perspiration-soaked chemistry between Hurt and Turner, whose love scenes caused quite a stir when the film was released in 1981. John Barry's score sets the provocative mood, and both Ted Danson and Mickey Rourke are splendid in memorable supporting roles. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

William HurtNed Racine
Kathleen TurnerMatty Walker
Richard CrennaEdmund Walker
Ted DansonPeter Lowenstein
J.A. PrestonOscar Grace
Mickey RourkeTeddy Lewis
Kim ZimmerMary Ann

  • Genre: Thriller Movies
  • Director: Lawrence Kasdan
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 113 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 28, 1981
    EuropeFeb 24, 1982
    AustraliaApr 1, 1981
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaNov 18, 1997
    EuropeSep 25, 1998
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