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Firestorm: 72 Hours in Oakland (1993)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Drama  -  7 February 1993 (USA)
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Based on the actual events of the 1991 brush fires that swept across Northern California which left countless people without homes. A rookie fire chief who just started his new job must deal with the raging fires.

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Anneliese Osborn
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Fire Chief J. Allan Mather
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Jerry Osbourne
Galyn Görg ...
Denise Kukuczka
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Gerald Chong
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Linda Chong
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Flo
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Captain Deluna
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Vi Deluna
Abigail Van Alyn ...
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Stephanie Chong
Roger Bearde ...
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Tracy O'Neil Heffernan ...
Judy
Sarah Lundy ...
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Based on the actual events of the 1991 brush fires that swept across Northern California which left countless people without homes. A rookie fire chief who just started his new job must deal with the raging fires.

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The true story of one of the greatest natural disasters in American history

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7 February 1993 (USA)  »

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72 Stunden in der Flammenhölle  »

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The radio transmission from fire command telling the firefighters at the scene of the brush fire about the weather for Sunday was the real radio transmission given that night warning them to put out all the hot spots. See more »

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28 July 2008 | by (Oakland, California) – See all my reviews

I have a somewhat different view of this film from most as I have an insider's experience. The film centered on real people on a real street within the fire called Charing Cross Road. I lived on Charing Cross and was one of the last to get out that day. In the movie, for reasons I will never understand, they were very accurate about the name of every street except mine which they fictionalized to "Holly Ridge Road" or something close to that. They also padded really minor details like the size of my neighbors boat. In real life a small row boat in the film a 40 foot yacht. I guess the real story didn't have enough drama in it. Unlike one of the other reviewers I felt the movie was padded out to the full 2 hours. Since the subject was really Charing Cross Road the film should have lasted about 15 minutes which is about the time it took for Charing Cross to become history.

My middle ground rating of the film is based on my love of bad films. This is a bad film but I'm sure that was not their intention. As somebody that went through the fire it's nice to have something like this movie to look at and get a laugh.


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