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Firehouse (1973)

Firehouse (1973)






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An African American youth must deal with both many physical tests and the racism of his peers as he works to become a full-fledged fire fighter in this drama that was originally made as a television pilot. As he is the only black man in an all white unit, things are difficult, especially after he learns that the man he replaced was killed in a fire set by a black arsonist.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Television, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Frank Cucci
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 28, 1991
Metromedia Producers Corporation


Richard Roundtree
as Shelly Forsythe
Val Avery
as Sonny Caputo
Vince Edwards
as Spike Ryerson
Andrew Duggan
as Capt. Jim Parr
Sheila Frazier
as Michelle Fortyhe
Paul Le Mat
as Bill Dalzell
Michael Lerner
as Ernie Bush
Howard Curtis
as Eddie Doyle
Joshua Shelley
as Mr. Warneche (Landlo...
Alma Beltran
as Spanish Lady
Mwako Cumbuka
as Clarence
DeWayne Jessie
as Oldest Boy
Bobby Johnson
as Bartender
Scott Smith
as Battalion Chief
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A TV movie about the first African-American firefighter in a firehouse in NYC, and the ensuing drama when an arsonist goes on a spree in the city with these tensions already high. Worth a rental, but don't be shocked if you find a copy with a picture of Fred Williamson on the cover instead of Richard Roundtree, because the image is all over the Interwebs for some reason.


Although the subject matter is a bit dated, in 1973 it wasn?t. It has a very good cast. It is a bit exaggerated for dramatic effect. It also has the television made look that is unappealing. Even though it is predictable, it is a good story and for some reason I liked it.

James Higgins

The firefighting scenes are cheesy in this 1973 movie. The music reminds me of the TV show 'Emergency'. Still, the underlying story about an all white firehouse that gets it's first African American was ok.

Ida Kern

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