Heat (1972 film)  

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"The film was conceived by Warhol as a parody of some sort of Sunset Boulevard" --Sholem Stein.

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Heat, also known as Andy Warhol's Heat, is a 1972 American comedy drama film written and directed by Paul Morrissey, produced by Andy Warhol, and starring Joe Dallesandro, Sylvia Miles, and Andrea Feldman.

The film was conceived by Warhol as a parody of Sunset Boulevard (1950). It is the third film of the "Paul Morrissey Trilogy" produced by Andy Warhol. The other films in the trilogy include Flesh (1968) and Trash (1970).


Joey Davis is an unemployed former child star who supports himself as a hustler in Los Angeles. Joey uses sex to get his landlady to reduce his rent, then seduces Sally Todd, a former Hollywood starlet. Sally tries to help Joey revive his career but her status as a mediocre ex-actress proves to be quite useless. Sally's psychotic daughter, Jessica, further complicates the relationship between Sally and the cynical, emotionally numb Joey.


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