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Heat and Sunlight (1987)

R | | Drama | 1 November 1988 (USA)
Over 16 hours, in February, 1987, a man confronts jealously and rage as a love affair falters. Photojournalist Mel Hurley returns home to San Francisco on the eve of his birthday, expecting... See full summary »


Rob Nilsson


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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Nilsson ... Mel Hurley
Consuela Faust Consuela Faust ... Carmen
Don Bajema Don Bajema ... Mitch
Ernie Fosselius ... Bobby
Bill Bailey Bill Bailey ... Barney
Bill Ackridge Bill Ackridge ... Salesman
Lester Cohen Lester Cohen ... Salesman
Bob Elrons Bob Elrons ... Salesman (as Bob Elross)
Burns Ellison Burns Ellison ... Salesman
Dan Leegant ... Salesman
Herb Mills Herb Mills ... Salesman
Richard A. Rohieder Richard A. Rohieder ... Salesman
Russell Murphy Russell Murphy ... Adam
Lynn 'Chrystie' Ana Lynn 'Chrystie' Ana ... Raven De La Croix
Johnny Tidwell Johnny Tidwell ... Raven's Bodyguard


Over 16 hours, in February, 1987, a man confronts jealously and rage as a love affair falters. Photojournalist Mel Hurley returns home to San Francisco on the eve of his birthday, expecting his lover, Carmen, to meet him at the airport and tell him if she will be exclusively his. She's not there, she wants more time. Almost 20 years ago, he'd photographed civil war in Biafra, wanting to tell a story that would save people. He now equates that war with his personal struggle: can his photographs save this relationship? He goes to Carmen to talk to her; first he acts the fool, then they seem to connect. But, can he control his jealousy and not force things with her? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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a journalist coming home for his birthday finds out that his lover has become involved with a younger and less complicated person and he finds it very difficult to accept
4 August 2012 | by manenasilvarojasSee all my reviews

Interesting and rather disturbing, the main character is too self absorbed and far too egotistical to appear capable of really loving someone, his passion is mainly jealousy and possessiveness...the photography is excellent and his friends believable. Carmen is not beautiful but very attractive and talented, her character lives and seems very real. On the whole the, movie is worth seeing, it is a bit frustrating not to see some more footage of Ruanda, it might make a difference toward understanding the violent behaviour of the journalist The music is very appropriate and an asset to the movie. seems to be more actual than 1987, the Sundance Festival prize is a bit surprising because of the content and sexual content, however the film is original and deserves a lot of recognition

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Release Date:

1 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cieplo i slonecznie See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA


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$90,000 (estimated)
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New Front Films, Snowball See more »
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1.85 : 1
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