Heat Wave 31 years old

A rookie black journalist investigates the tensions of the Watts section of Los Angeles in the bloody summer of 1965.


David Strathairn
David Strathairn

Bill Thomas

Sally Kirkland
Sally Kirkland

Mrs. Canfield

James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones

Junius Johnson

Mark Rolston
Mark Rolston

Officer Zekanis

Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson

Ruthana Richardson

Vondie Curtis-Hall
Vondie Curtis-Hall

Clifford Turpin

Heat Wave Cast

Name Character
Glenn Plummer He was 28, now 60 years old as J.T. Turpin
Vondie Curtis-Hall He was 39, now 71 years old as Clifford Turpin
Mark Rolston He was 33, now 64 years old as Officer Zekanis
David Strathairn He was 41, now 72 years old as Bill Thomas
Sally Kirkland She was 48, now 79 years old as Mrs. Canfield
Margaret Avery She was 46, now 77 years old as Roxie Turpin
Charlie Korsmo He was 12, now 43 years old as Jason (age 12)
James Earl Jones He was 59, now 90 years old as Junius Johnson
Cicely Tyson She was 65, now 96 years old as Ruthana Richardson
Michael Greene He was 56, now 87 years old as Mr. Canfield
Adam Arkin He was 33, now 65 years old as Art Berman
Blair Underwood He was 25, now 57 years old as Bob Richardson
Robert Hooks He was 53, now 84 years old as Reverend Brooks
Marilyn Coleman as Cora
Pepper Sweeney as Spook Hunter
Harold Pruett He was 21, 32 years old when he died as John Riggs
Bebe Drake as Winnie (as Bebe Drake-Massey)
Christopher M. Brown as Reggie Freeman
T.E. Russell He was 20, now 51 years old as Dominique Freeman
Stephanie Covington as Florence Blake

Heat Wave Crew

Name Department
Sigurjón Sighvatsson as Executive Producer. He was 38 (now 69) years old Production
Richard Hoover as Production Design. Art
Debra Neil-Fisher as Editor. She was 32 (now 63) years old Editing
Thomas Newman as Original Music Composer. He was 34 (now 66) years old Sound
Russell Williams II as Sound mixer. He was 37 (now 69) years old Sound
Kevin Hooks as Director. He was 31 (now 63) years old Directing
Michael Lazarou as Writer. He was 27 (now 58) years old Writing
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Heat Wave (31 years)

  • Release day: Monday, August 13, 1990
  • Runtime: 100 minutes