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Hittegolf (1958)

Hot Spell (original title)
A housewife is doing her best to keep her family together as it's slowly falling apart, a fact she's trying to ignore. Her cheating husband's birthday party is approaching and many lines will be crossed after that event.

Directors:

Daniel Mann, George Cukor (uncredited)

Writers:

Lonnie Coleman (novel), James Poe
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Cast

Cast overview:
Shirley Booth ... Alma Duval
Anthony Quinn ... John Henry Duval
Shirley MacLaine ... Virginia Duval
Earl Holliman ... John Henry 'Buddy' Duval Jr.
Eileen Heckart ... Alma's Friend
Clint Kimbrough Clint Kimbrough ... Billy Duval
Warren Stevens ... Wyatt Mitchell - Virginia's Boyfriend
Jody Lawrance ... Dora May
Harlan Warde ... Harry
Valerie Allen ... Ruby
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Storyline

A housewife is doing her best to keep her family together as it's slowly falling apart, a fact she's trying to ignore. Her cheating husband's birthday party is approaching and many lines will be crossed after that event.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

18 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1959 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Hittegolf See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After shooting the scene when Virginia cries hysterically to her mother in her bedroom, Shirley Booth was pleasantly surprised with Shirley MacLaine's emotional performance. She asked her, "where did that come from?! I'm impressed!", much to MacLaine's delight as she admired Booth very much. See more »

Goofs

When Jack comes home from work, he places his jacket on the stair post. Later when the stair post is shown, the jacket is gone. When Jack is ready to leave the house again, the jacket is back on the stair post, he grabs it and puts it on. See more »

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Featured in Valentine's Day (2010) See more »

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Awesome '50s melodrama
25 February 2018 | by bellino-angelo2014See all my reviews

This movie was based on an unproduced play, but on stage would have been perfect because of the elements it contains: a dysfunctional family, lovers, infidelty and a hot summer.

Shirley Booth and Anthony Quinn are a married couple with Earl Holliman, Shirley MacLaine and Clint Kimbrough as their three children. But the birthday dinner for Quinn doesn't go as planned, and soon we discover why: he has an affair with a younger woman, and he fights with his elder son before the party ends. And he dies in a road accident with his lover, after fighting with his wife at home.

Although similar in some aspects to ''Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'', it's really unique. And the actors here shine in their roles, Quinn is perfect as a bad guy, but here is also frustrated. 1958 must have been one of Shirley MacLaine's best years in her career, because she gave two of her best performances: here and in ''Some Came Running''. Eileen Heckart is wonderful as Shirley Booth's friend that gives advices on how to act when her husband is angry.

Well, this is not a movie for fans of lighter movies, but it's good to all fans of deep movies full of twists and turns.


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