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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.)
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Nightingale
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Pengelly
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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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$75,000,000 (estimated)

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$77,868,585 (USA)
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William Baldwin claims that to this day fire trucks honk their horn when they see him. See more »

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In the garment factory fire when Brian goes off searching for a person, there is a drain on the floor and you can see the fuel the crew spread on the floor, the camera then cuts to a different angle and when it returns the fuel is on fire. See more »

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Schmidt: Hey, Axe, you know this rug rat?
John 'Axe' Adcox: Know him? I practically raised him.
John 'Axe' Adcox: He never calls. He never writes.
Firefighter Brian McCaffrey: [introducing himself] I'm Brian.
Grindle: I'm sorry.
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Arranged and Performed by The Emerald Society
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burn baby, burn
8 May 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

It's weird to think that when I went to see "Home Alone" in the theaters, "Backdraft" was advertised right before the movie came on. The whole thing is a little grimmer than we usually expect from Ron Howard. It focuses on mutually hostile brothers Stephen (Kurt Russell) and Brian McCaffrey (William Baldwin), both firefighters in Chicago having to put aside their differences to fight an arson outbreak.

True, it doesn't really sound like much of a plot, but Howard knows how to keep everything going. Stephen is the sort of guy with a bad attitude whom you can't help but respect. Brian mainly shows that there was once a time when Alec Baldwin's brothers could act. As for the climax, that is really something that is likely to shock you royally. But don't get me wrong. This is a good movie. Maybe not any kind of masterpiece, but worth seeing nevertheless. Above all, it's not a disaster movie (the less said about "The Towering Inferno" the better). Also starring Robert DeNiro, Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Scott Glenn, Rebecca DeMornay and J.T. Walsh.


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