Wednesday, 12 July 2017


TRIVIA: The picture was shot in freezing cold temperatures. The production had to simulate the heatwave of the film's story, the actors having to act hot in cold conditions. For example, the thesps had to suck ice cubes before speaking to eliminate foggy breath and had water sprayed on their skin and shirts to simulate body sweat.

The Matty Walker character was modeled on film noir legend Lauren Bacall. Kathleen Turner was cast in the role due to her similarities to Bacall, including a distinctive husky voice and distinguishable long, shapely legs.

Debut theatrical feature film of actress Kathleen Turner.

The picture is included in film critic Roger Ebert's "10 Best List" for 1981.

Directorial debut of Lawrence Kasdan. Prior to this film, Kasdan had written Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) for George Lucas, and was in the process of writing Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). Lucas returned the favor by serving as Kasdan's sponsor for the Ladd Company studio as well as acting as an uncredited executive producer on this film.

The movie features Mickey Rourke in a very early screen role as an arsonist.

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.

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