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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 »

Director:

Kevin Hooks

Writer:

Michael Lazarou
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cicely Tyson ... Ruthana Richardson
Blair Underwood ... Bob Richardson
James Earl Jones ... Junius Johnson
Margaret Avery ... Roxie Turpin
David Strathairn ... Bill Thomas
Glenn Plummer ... J.T. Turpin
Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Clifford Turpin
Paris Vaughan ... Lada
Harold Pruett Harold Pruett ... John Riggs
Adam Arkin ... Art Berman
Robert Hooks ... Reverend Brooks
Michael Greene ... Mr. Canfield
Charlie Korsmo ... Jason (age 12)
Sally Kirkland ... Mrs. Canfield
T.E. Russell ... Dominique Freeman
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conflito em Los Angeles See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Bob Richardson: He loved you.
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Mini review of Heat Wave
23 September 1998 | by MLazSee all my reviews

Intelligently and insightfully written, movingly played. Heat Wave is hot!


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