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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Alderman Marty Swayzak
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Chief John Fitzgerald (as Tony Mockus Sr.)
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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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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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Marea de fuego  »

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$77,868,585 (USA)
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Robert Downey Jr. and Keanu Reeves tested for the role of Brian McCaffrey. See more »

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In the final fire scene, both brothers are swimming in an elevator shaft filled with water, but as they are trying to escape that building moments later, there is no water running off them, or in their boots. See more »

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Donald 'Shadow' Rimgale: So stop me if I got this wrong. Now the fire is almost out, you're upstairs on the unburned floor checking for heat, is that correct? And you've been told by your Battalion Chief, your Captain and by me not to do nothin', right? Not to do nothin' until ordered. That's correct, right?
Candidate: Yes, sir.
Donald 'Shadow' Rimgale: Ok. But now the itch starts. The 'Glory Boy' flash starts. 'Hey, I'm a hero. Heroes don't just stand around.' You can tell me, that's what it was, wasn't it?
Candidate: Yes, sir.
Donald 'Shadow' Rimgale: So you punched out a window for ...
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Featured in 1992 MTV Movie Awards (1992) See more »

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In The Unpromised Land
Written by Michael Stuart Kirkpatrick (as Michael S. Kirkpatrick)
Performed by The Drovers
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18 July 2013 | by (Lincolnshire, UK) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie when I was a teenager. LOVED it. It hasn't grown up with me, unfortunately. That may be because it's a melodramatic load of old rubbish full of macho posturing, cheesy dialogue, overwrought slow motion and characters saying 'Goddammit' a lot.

The lumpy narrative switches gracelessly from one character to another, one plot strand to another, without ever bringing it all together, and it doesn't help that William Baldwin's mono-expression of a performance is stretched to breaking point over the movie's overlong running time. Robert DeNiro and Donald Sutherland are worth watching, I guess, but no one's really at the top of their game here and the female characters get particularly short thrift.

The only real impact comes from the impressive firefighting sequences and in particular Hans Zimmer's majestic score, which remains one of my all-time favourites.


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