Tensions arise when a previously all-white firehouse gets its first black fireman.

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Ernie Bush
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Billy Dalzell
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Hank Myers
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Capt. Jim Parr
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Spike Ryerson
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Shelly Forsythe
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Michelle Forsythe (as Sheila E. Frazier)
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Mamu
Alma Beltran ...
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Eddie Doyle
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Clarence
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Bobby
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Oldest Boy
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The first African-American assigned to an all-white firehouse, rookie firefighter Shelly Forsythe must battle both blazes and racism as the fire department hunts for a serial arsonist in 1973 New York. The house's senior firefighter is hostile to Forsythe at first but eventually comes to respect him and is forced to make a dangerous choice between his orders and his duty to a fellow firefighter. Written by alfiehitchie

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Very loosely based on the 1972 Non-fiction book, "Report From Engine Company 82" by retired FDNY firefighter Dennis Smith. Smith sold the rights to the movie for $100,000. A huge sum of money in those days. See more »

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Progress Has been Made
28 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Went through a discount store and found this 1973 TV film and enjoyed looking back at how much society has progressed since this film was produced. However, there still remains a wall that needs to be torn down between races of all kinds. In this film, Vince Edwards,(Spike Ryerson), "Invasion of the Space Preachers",'90,

plays the role of a fireman who had a family that grew up in this particular Fire House in New York City and feels threatened by an African American who is going to work in an all white station house. Spike does everything in his power to discourage Richard Roundtree,(Shelly Forsythe),"Wild Seven",'06 to quit being a fireman. These two guys even beat each other up on a handball court and still cannot come to some agreement. The entire United States is a melting pot and not just New York City an longer, Progress is being made.


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