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Man on Fire (1987)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  4 September 1987 (France)
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A former CIA agent, John Creasy, is hired as a bodyguard for a girl in Italy, who becomes the daughter he never had. When she is abducted, Creasy's fiery rage is unleashed, and despite being badly wounded, embarks on a bloody revenge spree.

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A former CIA agent, John Creasy, is hired as a bodyguard for a girl in Italy, who becomes the daughter he never had. When she is abducted, Creasy's fiery rage is unleashed, and despite being badly wounded, embarks on a bloody revenge spree.

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For an ex-CIA agent, the job of bodyguard for a twelve-year old girl should have been a breeze...

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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4 September 1987 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Absinthe  »

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$519,596 (USA)
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Tony Scott was originally slated to direct. But the studio balked because at the time they felt he was not accomplished enough to pull off the project. He would go on to direct the remake Man on Fire (2004). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Creasy: And so. That's how I ended. A stiff in a body bag.
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Referenced in Vengeance Is Mine: Reinventing 'Man on Fire' (2005) See more »

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Azzuro
Words and Music by Vito Pallavicini and Paolo Conte
Performed by Adriano Celentano
Courtesy of 'CAM Edizioni Musicali [it]'
Published by 'CAM Edizioni Musicali [it]' All Rights Reserved
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poetic revenge flick
19 August 2006 | by (Rain City, Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

I watched this after seeing the 2004 remake and was quite surprised by how good this one is. Scott Glenn gives a suitably haunted and melancholic performance, despite his dorky 80s wardrobe; no man can look cool with puffy shoulder pads like Joan Crawford and his coat-sleeves pushed up past his elbows. Jade Malle has just the right combination of loneliness and intelligence as the kidnap victim. Joe Pesci has a great weapons prep scene (opening a crate of handguns he says gleefully, "I ran into some old friends of ours. Do you recognize any of these guys?") but he isn't really given much to do. The violence is quick and dirty. The director, Elie Chouraqui, directs in a style that recalls Brian DePalma when he was at his peak.The ending is open to interpretation. Perfect. All in all I would say this version of Man on Fire is definitely worth seeing.


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