6.3/10
109
11 user 1 critic

Heatwave! (1974)

The residents of an isolated mountain town must band together to survive during a devastating heat wave.

Director:

Jerry Jameson

Writers:

Peter Allan Fields (teleplay), Mark Weingart (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Home for the Holidays (TV Movie 1972)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An ailing man summons his four daughters home for Christmas and asks them to kill his new wife, who he suspects is poisoning him.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Jessica Walter, Sally Field, Eleanor Parker
Scream of the Wolf (TV Movie 1974)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A big-game hunter comes out of retirement to help track down a killer wolf, and begins to suspect that it isn't a wolf but an animal that can take human form.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Peter Graves, Clint Walker, Jo Ann Pflug
The Victim (TV Movie 1972)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A wealthy woman is trapped during a storm in a house with no electricity or phone. A killer has murdered her sister, stuffed the body in the basement, and is now after her.

Director: Herschel Daugherty
Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Eileen Heckart, Sue Ane Langdon
A Fire in the Sky (TV Movie 1978)
Sci-Fi | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Astronomers discover a comet that they believe will crash into Phoenix, Arizona. They attempt to warn officials, but no one believes them.

Director: Jerry Jameson
Stars: Richard Crenna, Elizabeth Ashley, David Dukes
The Day the Earth Moved (TV Movie 1974)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A team taking aerial photographs of the desert deduces that an earthquake is about to strike a nearby town, but nobody in the town believes them.

Director: Robert Michael Lewis
Stars: Jackie Cooper, Stella Stevens, Cleavon Little
Night Drive (TV Movie 1977)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A housewife is stalked by a psycho after she sees him murder a highway patrol officer.

Director: E.W. Swackhamer
Stars: Valerie Harper, Richard Romanus, Nicholas Pryor
Rituals (1977)
Adventure | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Five doctors on a wilderness outing are stalked by disfigured, crazed killers.

Director: Peter Carter
Stars: Hal Holbrook, Lawrence Dane, Robin Gammell
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A strange series of solar flares proves fatal for inhabitants of the Earth, except for the fortunate few who are somehow immune to the effects. Animals go insane and human beings turn to ... See full summary »

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Peter Graves, George O'Hanlon Jr., Kathleen Quinlan
Scream, Pretty Peggy (TV Movie 1973)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A sculptor hires young college girls to take care of his elderly mother and his supposedly insane sister, both of whom live in the old family mansion with him.

Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: Ted Bessell, Bette Davis, Sian Barbara Allen
Halloween (2007)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution and immediately returns to Haddonfield to find his baby sister, Laurie.

Director: Rob Zombie
Stars: Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane
Heatwave (1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

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.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Judy Davis, Richard Moir, Chris Haywood
Frogs (1972)
Horror | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A group of hapless victims celebrate a birthday on an island estate crawling with killer amphibians, birds, insects, and reptiles.

Director: George McCowan
Stars: Ray Milland, Sam Elliott, Joan Van Ark
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Murphy ... Frank Taylor
Bonnie Bedelia ... Laura Taylor
Lew Ayres ... Dr. Grayson
David Huddleston ... Arnold Brady
John Anderson ... Toler
Dana Elcar ... Prescott
Robert Hogan ... Harry Powers
Janit Baldwin ... Susan
Lionel Johnston Lionel Johnston ... Jerry
Clete Roberts ... Newscaster
Joseph V. Perry Joseph V. Perry ... Counterman (as Joseph Perry)
Naomi Stevens ... Lady in Laundromat
Don Mantooth Don Mantooth ... Ambulance Attendant (as Donald Mantooth)
Robert DoQui ... Official
Richard Bull ... Health Department Official
Edit

Storyline

The residents of an isolated mountain town must band together to survive during a devastating heat wave.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It's been 122 degrees for the last two weeks...the rivers are going dry...the power's been knocked out...a sweltering city is grinding to a halt...and for a man and his pregnant wife the worst is yet to come.

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hetebølgen See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Not Red Hot but Good
27 December 2010 | by Waiting2BShockedSee all my reviews

Struggling independent young couple Murphy and Bedelia - he's a lowly clerk, she's pregnant - are two of the more memorable residents of a small town whom the heat is upon, where personal emotions and intensities are rising along with the temperature.

There's dramatically nothing new here, and it isn't new on a TV budget. But in saying that, the TV disaster cycle spawned by the success of the big-screen genre in the 70s was often to be found to be far more briskly entertaining than its bombastic big-budget counterparts. In fact, in Heat Wave! in particular, the tack factor remains pretty low and preposterousness is kept to a minimum, in favour of building tensions amidst characters and their situation.

It's a shame that these films aren't shown TV anymore, as in their way they can be a more thoughtful yet entertaining watch than today's mindless blockbusters, and often at half the length.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed