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Heat Wave
Heat Wave
Actors: Adam Arkin, Margaret Avery, Christopher M. Brown, Stephanie Covington, Vondie Curtis-Hall
Genres: Drama, Television
R     2006     1hr 40min

A powerful, fact-based drama set against the backdrop of the Watts riots of 1965. An aspiring black journalist, Bob Richardson (Blair Underwood), works as a messenger for the Los Angeles Times. After tensions flare in Watt...  more »

     
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Actors: Adam Arkin, Margaret Avery, Christopher M. Brown, Stephanie Covington, Vondie Curtis-Hall
Genres: Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Drama, Television
Studio: Turner Home Ent
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/10/2006
Original Release Date: 08/13/1990
Theatrical Release Date: 08/13/1990
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Incredible Movie
the cell guru | CT | 06/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is truly an amazing movie about the Watts riots in Los Angeles in 1965. It focuses on Bob Richardson, the LA Times messenger who phoned in reports from the riot scene as they happened. But it also tells the story of the people who got swept up in the violence and hate and of the innocent bystanders who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. A very accurate portrayal with amazing performances."
CORRECT PRODUCT DESCRIPTION for this very fine film
Song & story lover | Midwest, USA | 01/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The 'Description' under Amazon's Editorial Reviews noted above is incorrect. This is not a musical but a penetrating drama of the 1960's that was a made-for-TV movie. Here is the correct product description:

A powerful, fact-based drama set against the backdrop of the Watts riots of 1965. An aspiring black journalist, Bob Richardson (Blair Underwood), works as a messenger for the Los Angeles Times. After tensions flare in Watts, violence breaks out and Richardson gets a shot at the big time, reporting on the events and demanding change in the Civil Rights Movement."
Definitive
C. Mcghee-lazarou | LOS ANGELES, CA United States | 01/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Clearly, the definitive film on one of America's most pivotal events in its long and difficult racial history. Informative yet always entertaining. Well written and well played."
Heat Wave (1990)
Jamal Franklin | San Diego, CA | 06/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"An outstanding and extremely underrated film about the 1965 Watts Uprising. Brilliant performances by Cicely Tyson, James Earl Jones, Blair Underwood and Glenn Plummer. Top notch writing and visual storytelling that is compelling, enlightening and even quite humorous at times. At long last an important movie about the African-American experience that s told from an intelligent African-American perspective!"