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Heatwave (1982)

R | | Drama | June 1983 (USA)
A planned housing development in the mid 70's designed for an upstart Cockney immigrant developer, becomes the centre of controversy as tenants and squatters in the older houses refuse to move.

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Kate Dean
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Stephen West
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Peter Houseman
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Robert Duncan
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Philip Lawson
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Victoria West (as Anna Jemison)
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Mick Davies
Peter Hehir ...
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Carole Skinner ...
Mary Ford
Gillian Jones ...
Barbie Lee Taylor
Frank Gallacher ...
Dick Molnar
Tui Bow ...
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Don Crosby ...
Jim Taylor
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Evonne Houseman
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A planned housing development in the mid 70's designed for an upstart Cockney immigrant developer, becomes the centre of controversy as tenants and squatters in the older houses refuse to move.

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One man. One woman. Caught together in the cold terror of...HEATWAVE

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Upon its theatrical release, director Phillip Noyce said of this film's story: "It has a lot of parallels to Newsfront (1978). The main character is a man fighting to keep his integrity when everyone around him wants to compromise." See more »

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A tight, tense, sweaty, inner-city argument of a film.
12 March 2010 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

These days, "Heatwave" is a pretty much totally forgotten film, but it's hard to see exactly why that is. Regardless of how the storyline might personally appeal to you, it's an exceedingly well-made and acted film. Judy Davis (in one of her very first roles) creates a very compelling character, a lonely and driven personality that begs you to follow along in her obsession. The setting - a heatwave over the Christmas/New Year season - helps the dramatic sense immensely, though it may be a bit disconcerting to the snowbound North American viewer. Richard Moir is also very good here, an actor who spent most of his career playing invisible roles in invisible movies.

Phillip Noyce went on to do a lot more well-known films, and he's a huge part of what brings it all together. In spite of that, he's goes too far on certain visual manipulation in a film that never really invites it. There's a political edge to the screenplay, which tends to push the viewer away, but a personal side that draws you in. For someone personally engaged in the subject matter, this would be a perfect film. And I liked it a lot.


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