Slow Burn is an American motion picture starring Ray Liotta, Jolene Blalock, and LL Cool J, which is notable for the extended period between production and eventual release. A crime drama, the film was produced in 2003, and finally given a showing at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival. It was released in American theaters on April 13, 2007, but performed poorly. It had an opening weekend of $778,123 in ticket sales and closed in just 2 weeks with a domestic total of $1,237,615. DVD release occurred in North America on July 24, 2007, almost exactly four years after the film was shot.
The film has themes of inter-racial dating, "passing" or pretending to be a member of another race, stereotypes included, and using a rape defense to the accusation of murder. Its total budget of $15,500,000, implies that most actors accepted salaries under $1 million US, well below the standards of Hollywood.
Actress Jolene Blalock made her only public nude appearance in this film. Blalock had said in an early interview she would never appear publicly nude , only to appear nude in this film in a rape scene some call soft-core porn (Rated R in the USA). Her attitude toward nudity has evolved, since she turned away a large sum to appear nude in Playboy magazine and instead appeared with some clothes on inside it in April 2002 and twice in Maxim magazines. She later said, in an interview in April 2006, "Nudity is natural but not until a person accepts and loves who they are."