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10 movies to help you beat the summer heat

If the record-setting temperatures have you holed up and hoping the air conditioning holds out, pass the time with these DVD selections.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: August 10, 2012

In case you haven't noticed — and how could you not? — it's been a bit on the sweltering side in Oklahoma lately.

Sure, August in the Sooner State is usually obnoxiously hot, but the weather has been downright ridiculous lately. And there's not much you can do when it's 113 degrees outside except hole up somewhere inside and hope the air conditioning doesn't fail you.

If you're stuck indoors waiting out the record-setting heat wave, you might as well pass the time with an appropriately atmospheric movie. Here are 10 DVD recommendations that might make the summer heat seem a bit more bearable:

1. “Rear Window” (1954): In Alfred Hitchcock's masterful thriller, Jimmy Stewart plays a photographer laid up with a broken leg passing the time spying on his neighbors, who are keeping their windows open during a vicious heat wave. In the midst of his snooping, Stewart's L.B. Jeffries becomes convinced that one of his fellow apartment dwellers (Raymond Burr) has committed a murder.

Hey, at least you have the AC and don't have to rely on open windows when the weather gets oppressive. But your life doesn't co-star Grace Kelly, so it isn't that cool despite certain modern conveniences.

2. “12 Angry Men” (1957): The late, great Sidney Lumet often examined people under pressure with his movies. The five-time Academy Award-nominated director's classic courthouse drama wasn't his only movie to ramp up the temperature along with the stakes — see also 1975's “Dog Day Afternoon” — but you'll practically feel the sweat trickling down your own temple as tempers flare among the jurors tasked with deciding the fate of a teenager accused of murder.

3. “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962): It must be hotter in the Nafud Desert than here, right? After all, Omar Sharif's Sherif Ali warns “From here until we reach the other side, no water but what we carry with us. For the camels, no water at all. If the camels die, we die. And in 20 days they will start to die.” To which Peter O'Toole's T.E. Lawrence coolly replies “There's no time to waste, then, is there?”

Director David Lean's epic won seven Oscars, but sadly, O'Toole didn't receive an Academy Award for his compelling turn as the controversial British military man — or with any of his seven other nominations. The honorary Oscar winner, who turned 80 on Aug. 2, recently announced that he was retiring from acting.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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