Movie: 'Body Heat'

Release Date: August 28, 1981

How It Got Made: It was such a good idea, it's no wonder no one tried it sooner: an old-fashioned femme-fatale film noir thriller, like they used to make in the 1940s, but with the sexual candor that would have been impossible back then. Of course it wouldn't have worked without the right combination of script, direction and casting. That a first-time writer/director and rookie movie actress were able to pull it off seems unlikely, but filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan's work with Kathleen Turner and William Hurt in 'Body Heat' sparked an undeniably combustible chemistry. The film made an instant star of Turner and an A-List director out of Kasdan, gave early big breaks to Ted Danson and Mickey Rourke, and inspired countless copycat "erotic thrillers."