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Heatwave! (1974)

The residents of an isolated mountain town must band together to survive during a devastating heat wave.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Murphy ... Frank Taylor
Bonnie Bedelia ... Laura Taylor
Lew Ayres ... Dr. Grayson
David Huddleston ... Arnold Brady
John Anderson ... Toler
Dana Elcar ... Prescott
Robert Hogan ... Harry Powers
Janit Baldwin ... Susan
Lionel Johnston Lionel Johnston ... Jerry
Clete Roberts ... Newscaster
Joseph V. Perry Joseph V. Perry ... Counterman (as Joseph Perry)
Naomi Stevens ... Lady in Laundromat
Don Mantooth Don Mantooth ... Ambulance Attendant (as Donald Mantooth)
Robert DoQui ... Official
Richard Bull ... Health Department Official


The residents of an isolated mountain town must band together to survive during a devastating heat wave.

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It's been 122 degrees for the last two weeks...the rivers are going dry...the power's been knocked out...a sweltering city is grinding to a halt...and for a man and his pregnant wife the worst is yet to come.









Release Date:

26 January 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hetebølgen See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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24 August 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Heatwave! (1974)

** (out of 4)

ABC Movie of the Week has a large city battling one of the worst heatwaves the country has ever seen. Frank (Ben Murphy) and his pregnant wife Laura (Bonnie Bedelia) decide to jump in their car and try to make it to the top of a mountain where they hope to find a doctor as well as cooler temperatures but they hit one roadblock after another.

HEATWAVE! is a pretty bland movie from start to finish that's biggest flaw is its screenplay, which offers some rather unappealing characters as well as too many predictable moments. One of the biggest issues that I had with the film is how every single turn led the couple to another major issue. I'm not going to ruin some of the plot points here but let's just say that everything imaginable happens to the two but not for a second did I believe it. I also never really felt that the script was putting either of them into any real danger so that means there's no drama or suspense to be had.

Bedelia does turn in a good performance in the role of the 7 month pregnant woman who finds herself battling the heat. Murphy is also good in his role but his character is a major jerk, which is a turnoff as well. Lew Ayres shows up as a county doctor and it was fun seeing him and David Huddleston is also fun in his role as a beer salesman.

HEATWAVE! thankfully runs only 72 minutes or else it would have been more of a chore to sit through. As it is, it's mildly entertaining but there are just too many flaws for it to work.

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