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Firehouse (1973)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama | TV Movie 2 January 1973
Tensions arise when a previously all-white firehouse gets its first black fireman.

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Alex March

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Frank Cucci
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Lerner ... Ernie Bush
Paul Le Mat ... Billy Dalzell
Val Avery ... Sonny Caputo
Richard Jaeckel ... Hank Myers
Andrew Duggan ... Capt. Jim Parr
Vince Edwards ... Spike Ryerson
Richard Roundtree ... Shelly Forsythe
Sheila Frazier ... Michelle Forsythe (as Sheila E. Frazier)
Mel Scott Mel Scott ... Mamu
Alma Beltran ... Spanish Lady
Howard Curtis Howard Curtis ... Eddie Doyle
Mwako Cumbuka ... Clarence
Ty Henderson Ty Henderson ... Bobby
Otis Day ... Oldest Boy
Bobby Johnson Bobby Johnson ... Bartender
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Storyline

The first African-American assigned to an all-white firehouse, rookie firefighter Shelly Forsythe must battle both blazes and racism as the fire department hunts for a serial arsonist in 1973 New York. The house's senior firefighter is hostile to Forsythe at first but eventually comes to respect him and is forced to make a dangerous choice between his orders and his duty to a fellow firefighter. Written by alfiehitchie

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When the fire's out...the heat is on See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Comando antifuego See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Very loosely based on the 1972 non-fiction book, "Report From Engine Company 82" by retired FDNYC firefighter Dennis Smith. Smith sold the rights to the movie for $100,000. A huge sum of money in those days. See more »

Connections

Followed by Firehouse (1974) See more »

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Thief
Written by Ron Grainer
(various cues from Thief (1971))
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wrong box cover
15 April 2006 | by SloanSterlingSee all my reviews

The box cover on this page has a picture of Fred Williamson who is NOT in the movie. It's Richard Roundtree in the movie!! Where did this picture come from?? These two guys don't look alike!!

Not too bad of a 70's movie. I know the fire department scenes were fairly accurate portrayals of life in the station since I come from a family of firefighters. Tension between the guys, racial and otherwise, was and still is typical for any group of people living and working in a tight space such as a firehouse. I especially liked the stunts pulled on the rookie.

Richard Jaeckel (Hank Myers) went on to star in the TV series that was spawned off of this movie.


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