March of 2022, film fans lost a legend in William Hurt. His passing came as a surprise at the age of 72 since he kept his illness with cancer to himself. He starred in many important films during his career including winning awards for his performances. The movie, BODY HEAT (1981), made many stars. Not only was it Kathleen Turner’s first major role, but it made William Hurt a leading man. It also was the directorial debut of Lawrence Kasdan.
Ned Racine (William Hurt), a two bit lawyer, happens upon the beautiful Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner) one night and immediately falls for her. There’s one catch unfortunately. She’s married. But that doesn’t deter Ned. Soon their relationship turns more passionate than he ever thought. Not discouraged by the situation, Ned along with Matty come up with a plan that could lead them to their own marital bliss. Yet there is a catch.
The film received fantastic reviews where iconic reviewer Roger Ebert listed it as one of the best films in movie history. The movie launched the careers of both Kathleen Turner and William Hurt and made Lawrence Kasdan one of the most successful directors the following decades. Dark Discussions pays tribute to one of films great actors and take a look at one of William Hurt’s best films.