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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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True story of black L.A. Times messenger who volunteers to cover the 1965 Watts Uprising when the paper's all-white reporting staff are unable to safely cover the event. The messenger and the Times go on to
20 February 1999 | by (New York, N.Y.) – See all my reviews

Should be required viewing for anyone interested in America's racial issues past and present as well as the journalists who cover them. This film was a tear-jerker at times, bitingly funny at others. It was always enlightening. Definitely gets a thumbs up.


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