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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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Michael
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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  »

Box Office

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$519,596 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Arnon Milchan wanted Sergio Leone to direct Robert De Niro, while Tony Scott wanted either Marlon Brando or Robert Duvall as his leading man when he was slated to direct. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Creasy: And so. That's how I ended. A stiff in a body bag.
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Connections

Remade as Man on Fire (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Scott Glenn almost on fire
25 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

I have to admit, I only watched this after I had watched the newer version (with Denzel Washington in it). So I guess I kinda knew most of the story before watching it. But it still could have made an impact on me, if it actually were better. As you can tell by my voting, I wasn't impressed. While there are remakes that could be deemed unnecessary (though studios never think that, especially financially), this one was more than ripe and really easy to top.

While I do like Scott Glenn in general (you might also remember him from "Silence of the Lambs", but he's done quite a lot of other work, mostly small roles in a lot of movies), I don't think he adds anything to the mix here. Still I do like some of the ideas this introduced, although it never really got as raw as the budget was meant to be (or should have aspired for).


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