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Backdraft (1991)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 24 May 1991 (USA)
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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Helen McCaffrey
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Tim Krizminski
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Marty Swayzak
Anthony Mockus Sr. ...
Chief John Fitzgerald (as Tony Mockus Sr.)
Cedric Young ...
Grindle
Juan Ramírez ...
Kevin Casey ...
Nightingale
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Schmidt
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Pengelly
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Storyline

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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One breath of oxygen and it explodes in a deadly rage. 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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Marea de fuego  »

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$75,000,000 (estimated)

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$77,868,585 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the television version of the movie, there is an extra scene where the firefighters go to a widow of a deceased firefighter to help her with her house. See more »

Goofs

The position of the keys dropped in the theatre. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Steven McCaffrey: The only problem is that in this job is there's just no place to hide. It's not like having a bad day selling log cabins. You have a bad day here and somebody dies... and that's just not fucking good enough.
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Referenced in Only Connect: Episode #11.7 (2015) See more »

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Set Me In Motion
Written by Bruce Hornsby (as B.R. Hornsby) & John Hornsby
Performed by Bruce Hornsby & The Range (as Bruce Hornsby and The Range)
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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Thin story, but diffucult to dislike.
14 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have seen this movie many times noe, and I can understand that many people slam this film for being corny and unrealistic. And they are right, it is corny, but it is acted and directed with conviction, that it is hard for me not to like it. The core of the movie the story of 2 feuding firefighter brothers played by Kurt Russell and Adam Baldwin. This part of the story may be cliched, but the 2 actors do a good job in their roles, especially Russell, he plays the elder brother, trying to protect his screwup younger brother from the dangers of firefighting. The other parts are less successful, there is a subplot involving the wife of Russell's wife inabilty to deal with his risk taking in his job, Rebecca DeMornay does what she can with a small role. The other subplot of the story is the one that doesn't work, it involves the murders of financial experts hire by a city alderman to close down firestations for financial gain. This part of the story should have been scrapped, it just chops up screen time and is never compelling. That leaves the action scenes, they are spectacular. The fire scenes keep you on the edge of your seat. The special effects are great, but even though the script is corny the actors made me care enough for what was happening to them. It is directed by Ron Howard, who usually is more successful in the human side of the story, he seems to have spent more time on the technical side of the story than the human side. Too bad, even though I like this film, it misses greatness due to a weak script.

Grade: B


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