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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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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Marea de fuego  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,723,480, 26 May 1991

Gross USA:

$77,868,585

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,368,585
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2.39 : 1
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After reading the film's script, Jennifer Jason Leigh reportedly told Director Ron Howard that she wished she was the fire because it has the best part. See more »

Goofs

The paramedic doing CPR on Steven in the back on the ambulance at the end is doing it wrong, she is bending her elbows when she pushes on his chest, you are supposed to keep your elbows straight thus putting more pressure on the chest. See more »

Quotes

[Rimgale and Brian McCaffrey in the morgue with the medical examiner]
Donald 'Shadow' Rimgale: McCaffrey, come on over and give us a hand.
Firefighter Brian McCaffrey: No, I don't think so. Not in my contract.
Donald 'Shadow' Rimgale: [Throwing medical gloves at him] I just rewrote your contract. Come give us a hand.
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Soundtracks

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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Fire. A living, breathing animal.
9 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

When you watch this movie, you'll never look at fire the same way again. In 'Backdraft', fire is portrayed as a vicious animal that breathes and devours. The story revolves around an arson investigation in the city of Chicago where a sibling rivalry is flaring as well between Brian and Stephen McCaffrey. You'll be blown away by Industrial Light & Magic's special effects and Hans Zimmer's dramatic score. Ron Howard put together an incredible, thrill-ride movie with action, drama and romance all rolled in. Do not miss this movie and don't turn your back on a fire, it knows when to strike.


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