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Heatwave! (1974)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  26 January 1974 (USA)
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The residents of an isolated mountain town must band together to survive during a devastating heat wave.



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Ambulance Attendant (as Donald Mantooth)
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The residents of an isolated mountain town must band together to survive during a devastating heat wave.

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Not Red Hot but Good
27 December 2010 | by (Bridgend, South Wales) – See all my reviews

Struggling independent young couple Murphy and Bedelia - he's a lowly clerk, she's pregnant - are two of the more memorable residents of a small town whom the heat is upon, where personal emotions and intensities are rising along with the temperature.

There's dramatically nothing new here, and it isn't new on a TV budget. But in saying that, the TV disaster cycle spawned by the success of the big-screen genre in the 70s was often to be found to be far more briskly entertaining than its bombastic big-budget counterparts. In fact, in Heat Wave! in particular, the tack factor remains pretty low and preposterousness is kept to a minimum, in favour of building tensions amidst characters and their situation.

It's a shame that these films aren't shown TV anymore, as in their way they can be a more thoughtful yet entertaining watch than today's mindless blockbusters, and often at half the length.

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