The heat is on in ‘August: Osage County’ and these films set in scorching locales

Julianne Nicholson, Meryl Streep and Margo Martindale feel the heat in "August: Osage County." (The Weinstein Company)
Julianne Nicholson, Meryl Streep and Margo Martindale feel the heat in “August: Osage County.” (The Weinstein Company)

In “August: Osage County,” there’s a lot of talk about how hot it is. Because it takes place in August. In Oklahoma. And in Oklahoma, when it’s hot, it’s HOT — just like the scorching settings of these other films.

‘The Flight of the Phoenix’
In this 1965 film, survivors of a plane crash decide, logically enough, that the best way to get out of the desert is to build an entirely new plane. And to introduce a $25 baggage fee.

‘The Mummy’
What’s one way to beat the heat? Running away from a very angry ancient Egyptian mummy is the strategy adopted by Brendan Fraser in this 1999 stupid-fun action film.

‘Summer of Sam’
New York isn’t always hot, but in the summer of 1977 it was. Add a serial killer to the heat wave and you’ve got Spike Lee’s sweltering 1999 film about the season the Son of Sam had the entire city on edge.

‘A Time to Kill’
This 1996 courtroom drama took place in modern-day Mississippi, which makes it hard to explain why nowhere — not even the courthouse — seemed to have air conditioning. We’re pretty sure Matthew McConaughey had his own sweat wrangler.

‘Lawrence of Arabia’
Peter O’Toole plays a Brit who meddles in Middle Eastern politics and ends up causing lots of confusion and screw-ups and bloodshed. Don’t worry; it’s just a movie. It’s not real.

Kristen Page-Kirby covers film for The Washington Post Express.
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