Body Heat

Body Heat (1981)

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Ned and Matty do kill Edmund. Ned attacks Edmund with a board and then takes his body somewhere and destroys the place with a bomb that he had made. Ned then later learns that Matty had the will changed but since it was not valid, all of Edmund's money goes to her and not half to her and the other half to Edmund's sister, Roz. Ned also discovers that Edmund's glasses that he always wears were not at the crime scene and that someone was trying to call Ned the night of the murder which makes Ned a suspect. When Ned asks Matty about the glasses, she says that the maid must have took them and she wants money if she is to return them. Matty later says to Ned that the maid stopped by Matty's place to drop off the glasses, but the man who helped Ned make the bomb tells Ned that he saw Matty and helped her make a bomb. When Ned sees Matty, he forces Matty to go into the boathouse where the glasses supposedly are and where Ned discovers a bomb that Matty may have placed. As Matty enters the boathouse, it explodes. Ned is arrested and put in jail for the 'murder' of Matty and for possibly Edmund's murder. That night, Ned wakes up and starts to realise that Matty is somehow still alive. But everyone denies it because the dental records show up as Matty's. But after receiving a yearbook, Ned discovers that Matty's real name is Mary Ann Simpson, which was the name of the girl who looked a lot like Matty shown earlier in the movie. Also that Matty is the name of the girl posing as Mary Ann Simpson. Which means that it was the girl posing as Mary Ann Simpson and not Matty (Turner) whose body was burned to death. The movie ends with Matty/Mary Ann Simpson (Turner) on a beach in Kauai.

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Factual error: Under US law neither Peter Lowenstein nor Oscar Grace would be allowed any level of participation in the investigation, arrest and prosecution of Ned Racine. Both have a highly visible social relationship with him, which disqualifies them from having anything to do with a criminal case against him. In fact as soon as he became a suspect in Edmund Walker's murder they would both be officially 'warned off' - told not to contact him again for any reason.

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Ned: You better take me up on this quick. In about 45 minutes, I'm going to give up and go away.

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Trivia: Teddy Lewis tells Ned that "Matty" had him show her how to rig up a explosive with a delay to a door. So in theory Matty could have opened the door and escaped unscathed.

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Question: Matty introduces her friend as Mary Ann, but in the year book, the friend is actually Matty Tyler, and she is actually Mary Ann. Were both girls in on the scam? (00:31:22)

Answer: It appears that the real Matty Tyler was not initially in on the plan. It's confusing, and there're many plot holes, but it seems the fake "Matty" (Kathleen Turner) intended for the real Matty to eventually discover that her identity was being used (by Turner). The real Matty was then apparently blackmailing fake Matty to keep quiet. It appears that fake Matty intended to lure and then murder the real Matty, framing Ned Racine for her murder, as well as Edmund's. The real Matty's body was identified as being Edmond's wife through her dental records. Fake Matty probably intended for Ned to be killed in the explosion.

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