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Heat Wave (1990)

The events that led to the 1965's racial riots in Watts, Los Angeles, are covered by a black messenger-turned-reporter at the L.A. Times, as he was one of the first correspondents to arrive... See full summary »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Ruthana Richardson
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Bob Richardson
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Junius Johnson
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Roxie Turpin
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Bill Thomas
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J.T. Turpin
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Clifford Turpin
Paris Vaughan ...
Lada
Harold Pruett ...
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Art Berman
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Reverend Brooks
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Mr. Canfield
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Jason (age 12)
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Mrs. Canfield
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Dominique Freeman
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The events that led to the 1965's racial riots in Watts, Los Angeles, are covered by a black messenger-turned-reporter at the L.A. Times, as he was one of the first correspondents to arrive at the scene. The movie also follows the troubled times he, his family and friends went through in one of the most tense and sad moments in American history. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Drama | History

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R | See all certifications »
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13 August 1990 (USA)  »

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Emeutes en Californie  »

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1.33 : 1
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In two scenes Bob Richardson mentions that he's an admirer of famous journalist Edward R. Murrow in order to impress his future employers at the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper chief editor is played by David Strathairn, who played Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005). See more »

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[repeated line]
Ruthana Richardson: Thank you, Jesus.
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Smart Story Of Watts Riots
1 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was an intelligent, well-done story about the Watts' riots in Los Angeles back in 1965. An intelligent cast is featured here, too, with Cicely Tyson, Blair Underwood, James Earl Jones and Sally Kirkland.

Language-wise, this is a surprisingly clean movie. Even more of a shock is to see a good Christian woman in the lead (Tyson as "Ruthana Richardson") You don't see that too often in films anymore. Blair and Underwood play likable characters as well.

This is a good movie the whole family could enjoy. However, it's not one you're likely to watch many times. It's just not that riveting, but certainly deserves more attention that it's getting here with just a handful of reviews. Worth seeing and discussing.


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