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Heatwave (1982)

R | | Drama | June 1983 (USA)
A planned housing development in the mid 70's designed for an upstart Cockney immigrant developer, becomes the centre of controversy as tenants and squatters in the older houses refuse to move.

Director:

Phillip Noyce

Writers:

Mark Stiles (original screenplay), Tim Gooding (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Davis ... Kate Dean
Richard Moir ... Stephen West
Chris Haywood ... Peter Houseman
Bill Hunter ... Robert Duncan
John Gregg John Gregg ... Philip Lawson
Anna Maria Monticelli ... Victoria West (as Anna Jemison)
John Meillon ... Freddie Dwyer
Dennis Miller Dennis Miller ... Mick Davies
Peter Hehir Peter Hehir ... Cigar-smoking bodyguard
Carole Skinner Carole Skinner ... Mary Ford
Gillian Jones Gillian Jones ... Barbie Lee Taylor
Frank Gallacher Frank Gallacher ... Dick Molnar
Tui Bow Tui Bow ... Annie
Don Crosby Don Crosby ... Jim Taylor
Lynette Curran ... Evonne Houseman
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A planned housing development in the mid 70's designed for an upstart Cockney immigrant developer, becomes the centre of controversy as tenants and squatters in the older houses refuse to move.

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One man. One woman. Caught together in the cold terror of...HEATWAVE

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Drama

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heat Wave See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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This movie was made and released about seven years after the disappearance and alleged death of Juanita Joan Nielsen (22 April 1937 - est. c. July 4, 1975). See more »

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urban redevelopment
5 September 2006 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

Urban redevelopment in Sydney, Australia circa the early 1980's with a dark twist of violence and a moody soundtrack, nicely filmed in color, all set during the summer/Holidays, taking place sometime during the days leading up to Christmas to a crazy and out of control looking New Year's Eve in the midst of a brutal heatwave. Weaving in and out of topless bars, squatter's rights, construction unions, murder, seeping groundwater, and ruthless high rise corporations. It's sort of a story of the haves against the have-nots with Judy Davis as a leader of a group of squatters who are literally thrown out of their building by thugs to make way for a new development named Eden, and Richard Moir as the idealist architect who's designed the project. Of course they get to know each other rather intimately as Moir's character finds out about the greedy developers who back his design. There is quite a bit of politics, but Philip Noyce, the director who gave us Dead Calm, steers everything into a pretty intense concluding segment culminating in a very big rainstorm.


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