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Paris Vaughan in Heat Wave

Heat Wave

1990 NR

Set in the Watts section of Los Angeles in the summer of 1965, this tense account of racial tensions boiling over boasts a sterling cast, including Cicely Tyson, Blair Underwood, James Earl Jones and David Strathairn. Based on true events, the film chronicles a week of rioting -- triggered by a minor traffic arrest of a black man by two white police officers -- as seen through the eyes of a rookie &NFi;Los Angeles Times&NFi_; reporter (Underwood).