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Heat Wave (1990)

Director: Kevin Hooks     Starring: Cicely Tyson
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202013929
UPC: 053939746921
UPC 14: 00053939746921
Category Keywords: Race Relations  Theatrical Release  True Story
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The Watts Uprising Of '65 Turned The Police Into Killers... A Community Into Ashes... And A Young Black Journalist Into A Hero.
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.Format: DVD MOVIE
Editor's Note
The promise of better race relations and economic prosperity lure a young man from Alabama to the Watts District of Los Angeles in 1965. After landing a job as a messenger for the L.A. Times, he becomes responsible for much of the reporting that won the paper a Pulitzer Prize when a minor traffic arrest by two white officers sets off a week of brutal rioting on August 11, 1965.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Turner Home Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/31/2012
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1990
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 7469
Video UPC UPC: 00053939746921
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Blair Underwood
Video Cast Info Cicely Tyson
Video Cast Info James Earl Jones
Video Cast Info Margaret Avery
Video Cast Info Debra Neil - Editor
Video Cast Info Jon Avnet, et. al. - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Jordan Kerner - Producer
Video Cast Info Kevin Hooks - Director
Video Cast Info Mark Irwin - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Michael Lazarou - Writer
Video Cast Info Richard Hoover - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Thomas Newman - Original Music By
Plot Summary
A journalist's bird's eye view of the 1960s race riots in Watts that seized the attention of the nation.


Emmy (1991)
Video Award Name James Earl Jones, Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Underwood,Blair
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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