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Can I Bum a Smoke?

Last night, I took a break from homework and turned on the TV.  The most interesting thing I could find was the 1981 flick BODY HEAT, starring William Hurt, Kathleen Turner and Ted Danson.  (Didn't remember that he was in it, did you?  Mickey Rourke has a role, too!)  It's been a long time since I last saw it, but I recalled it very much living up to its title.

Anyway, by the time I turned it on, the movie was about half-way through and Turner, Hurt, Danson and company are in a conference room at a law office, going over details of a will.  At one point, one of the lawyers pauses to ask if anyone minds if he smokes.  Apparently, no one did, because not only did he smoke (a cigar, I think), but pretty much everyone else took advantage of the opportunity to light up a cigarette.  Right there.  In the conference room!  Only Danson's character refused, saying that he would just breathe in the smoke from everyone else.

Can you imagine a scene like that being filmed today?  Maybe if the movie were set in the past, but I bet the anti-smoking forces would put up a very big fuss.

Oh, how times have changed.  But, the movie?  "Body Heat" is still hot.        

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