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Firestorm: 72 Hours in Oakland (1993)

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.

Director:

Michael Tuchner

Writer:

John McGreevey
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Clayburgh ... Anneliese Osborn
LeVar Burton ... Fire Chief J. Allan Mather
Keith Coulouris ... Jerry Osbourne
Galyn Görg ... Denise Kukuczka
Keone Young ... Gerald Chong
Jodi Long ... Linda Chong
Frances Lee McCain ... Flo
Richard Yniguez ... Captain Deluna
Michael Gross
Karen Kahn ... Vi Deluna
Abigail Van Alyn Abigail Van Alyn ... Angry Woman
Tiffany Loui ... Stephanie Chong
Roger Bearde Roger Bearde ... Mayor
Tracy O'Neil Heffernan Tracy O'Neil Heffernan ... Judy
Sarah Lundy Sarah Lundy ... Susie
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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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fire | on the run | disaster | See All (3) »

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

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Action | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

72 Stunden in der Flammenhölle See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakland, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Most of the scene of the firefighters fighting the firestorm, and of the fire trucks coming in from the different cities, is real footage from the firestorm of 1991. See more »

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Jill Clayburgh Gives a Good Performance
22 October 2011 | by dennisleeclevenSee all my reviews

It took me ages to watch this film which I expected to be worse than what it really was. The introduction of the primary characters was not well scripted at all. It was rather embarrassing. Two-time Oscar Nominee Jill Clayburgh does give a good performance considering the script she had to work with which was not that great. Why she was in a wheelchair wasn't revealed until the end of the film. The three family stories were interwoven clumsily and their actions of evacuating their homes didn't seem all too realistic. Still, after I got engrossed in the scenes of the real fire scenes, I came to like the film. LaVar Burton provided a good performance along with Jill Clayburgh's. I don't think it was as bad as some reviewers have written despite inaccuracies. I am giving it six stars because of the footage of the real fire and for the performances of Jill Clayburgh and LaVar Burton. I've seen far worse TV films than this one.


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