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Backdraft (1991)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  24 May 1991 (USA)
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Two Chicago firefighter brothers who don't get along have to work together while a dangerous arsonist is on the loose.

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A rookie firefighter tries to earn the respect of his older brother and other firefighters while taking part in an investigation of a string of arson/murders. This detailed look into the duties and private lives of firemen naturally features widespread pyrotechnics and special effects. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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firefighter | fire | fireman | arson | office | See more »

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Silently behind a door, it waits. See more »


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Rated R for language and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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24 May 1991 (USA)  »

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$77,868,585 (USA)
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There's a scene where Kurt Russell's character breaks out the windows of a BMW that is blocking a fire hydrant in order to snake the hose through the car to access the hydrant. On the night of April 9, 2014, the Boston Fire Department was forced to break out the windows of a BMW that was blocking a fire hydrant so they could respond to an 8-alarm fire across the street from the hydrant. See more »

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When the ladder truck flips and drags the ground, Brian is in the driver's side jump seat. Before and after the crash he is in the passenger side jump seat. See more »

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Firefighter Brian McCaffrey: You had to do it, didn't you? Had to be the big Mick Man, taking on the fire bare-handed instead of protecting your probe?
Lt. Steven McCaffrey: I *had it* under control! He just wouldn't listen to me!
Firefighter Brian McCaffrey: He's a *candidate*! YOUR RESPONSIBILITY! You shouldn't have had him up there in the *first place*!
[Steven walks away]
Firefighter Brian McCaffrey: YOU BURNED HIM, STEVEN!
Lt. Steven McCaffrey: FUCK YOU!
[keeps walking away]
Firefighter Brian McCaffrey: Don't you walk away from me...
[Steven turns aroung and slugs Brian]
Firefighter Brian McCaffrey: [Brian goes after Steven, resulting in a brawl]
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Backdraft A Movie Definitely Worth Watching
5 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Backdraft is a movie definitely worth watching from famous director Ron Howard who continues to show his skill as a filmmaker with this one. Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca De Mornay, and Robert De Niro are great in the movie bringing to life these believable characters we see on the screen. The rest of the cast are admirable in their small roles including J.T. Walsh, Jason Gedrick, and Donald Sutherland. Its better to watch this movie without knowing too much about it because if you do than you're going to be in for a heck of a movie experience. The film tells story of two brothers (Russell and Baldwin) in the fire department whose bond is tested as mysterious murders begin to occur by a dangerous arsonist on the loose. Backdraft is an excellent story about fire fighters with realistic action for the most part, suspense, some humor, and a little romance that make for an enjoyable movie to watch. The film did seem to drag a little near the end but its one flaw so the good more than outweighs the bad. If you're looking for an entertaining movie to watch that's worth your time and money then see Backdraft. You can't go wrong with this film. It's definitely one of Ron Howards best movies on par with Apollo 13 and A Beautitful Mind. It's really that good.


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