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Backdraft (1991)

R | | 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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Helen McCaffrey
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Tim Krizminski
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Alderman Marty Swayzak
Anthony Mockus Sr. ...
Chief John Fitzgerald (as Tony Mockus Sr.)
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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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$75,000,000 (estimated)

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$77,868,585 (USA)
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The Character of Donald Rimgale is always referred to as "Inspector" but his actual rank is Captain as evidenced by his helmet and his dress uniform. This means he is a senior inspector who probably commands others of lower rank. See more »

Goofs

In the final factory fire scene when Kurt Russell is wounded on the catwalk, the two firefighters who trying to get to Kurt are covered by William Baldwin spraying and soaking them with the water hose. One guy is wearing a hat and as the two reach Kurt, he takes off his hat and his hair is completely dry (as if he just got out of his dressing room). Though the hat would cover his hair from the water, he would still be sweating profusely due to the intense heat and wearing a heavy firefighters jacket. See more »

Quotes

Ronald: I sent away for the copy of Life magazine. The one with your picture on the front. It's a collectible.
Firefighter Brian McCaffrey: Who's doing this, Ronald?
Ronald: Wrong question. Who isn't? It's not a spark because there's not enough damage. He wouldn't have had any fun. It's not an insurance scam because there isn't any profit.
Firefighter Brian McCaffrey: Do you know who's doing this?
Ronald: Yes.
Firefighter Brian McCaffrey: Then tell me.
Ronald: You want to know who? I want to know if this kid really wanted to be just like his dad.
Firefighter Brian McCaffrey: I wanted to be him. I wanted to be him more than anything else in...
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27 October 2002 | by (Hawaii) – See all my reviews

This is one of Ron Howard's better films. Much of the filming was done on location in Chicago. Acting was excellent. Especially by Kurt Russell and William Baldwin. I have heard a lot of negatives about this movie, but I still feel it is worth a 9 at least. Steven and Brian McCaffery's dad (also a fireman) was killed in a fire in 1971. Brian was just a youngster, and along for the ride with his dad when he was killed. Twenty years later, Brian has become a fireman after failing at other pursuits. Steven is a lieutenant with the Chicago Fire Department. Steven does not think Brian can cut the mustard as a fireman, and Brian is out to prove himself. It makes for a great sibling rivalry. On top of this, an arsonist is setting fires, and the arson investigator, Donald Rimgale (Robert DeNero) does not have a clue as to who it is. Rimgale is pressured by an egotistical alderman (J.T. Walsh) who wants to be mayor. Brian has his problems working with Steven, and finally gives up, and accepts a job working with Rimgale. They find the links between all the fires, but Brian finds out more. (who the arsonist is). The climactic scene in chemical warehouse is great! I was told by someone that the funeral scene was overdone. I don't think so...I have seen funerals for firemen and they look exactly like what you see in the movie...Universal Studios in Hollywood had a Backdraft set on their lot some years back (which I visited), and it gives you a chance to see what these actors really faced...This is without a doubt one of my favorite movies, and Ron Howard deserves his share of kudos for an excellent directing job


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