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Man on Fire (1987)

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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Conti
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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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Release Date:

4 September 1987 (France)  »

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Absinthe  »

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$519,596 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

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[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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Johnny B. Goode
Words and Music by Chuck Berry
Published by Isalee Music Co and 'Arc Music Corporation [us]' All Rights Reserved
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If you are a fan of Scott Glenn, Joe Pesci, or Danny Aiello, I have two words "don't bother"
27 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Man on Fire" opens with a truly tedious relationship build up between Glenn and the twelve year old kidnapping victim, Jade Malle. I kept wondering, is she ever going to be kidnapped? The screenplay is very straight forward, with Scott Glenn miraculously recovering from several gunshot wounds, and then going after the kidnappers. Danny Aiello plays a very minor part as one of the bad guys. Joe Pesci more or less just revolves around Glenn's character, and really never gets involved in the action. Speaking of the action, a couple of explosions and a truck wreck, along with some gun blasting is about all there is. Character development is weak, and the film is way too dark in places. Despite the intriguing cast, I say don't bother. - MERK


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