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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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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In that instant it can create a hero... or cover a secret. 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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Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,723,480 (USA) (26 May 1991)

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

Kurt Russell would later play a former fire-fighter in Poseidon (2006). See more »

Goofs

When Brian jumps aboard the ladder truck for the final fire he was just carrying his coat, now he's wearing it. See more »

Quotes

Ricco, Pathologist: Now on a lucky shot, we picked up something, what was it...? Trychtichlorate.
Donald 'Shadow' Rimgale: Oh, yeah, trychtichlorate. Needs magnesium. It's pretty rare. They stopped making it a couple of years ago.
Ricco, Pathologist: We figured it probably got on his clothes in a gas state from the fire.
Donald 'Shadow' Rimgale: What was it doing in the fire?
Ricco, Pathologist: That's your job.
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Featured in Best! Movies! Ever!: Rescues (2007) 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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A teary eyed romantic picture...for the guys.
18 January 1999 | by (Thornhill, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Backdraft, proves once again, that Ron Howard is one of Hollywood's major contenders. This time around he explores fire through technical wizardry.

The movie itself is a tad bit overdone, story wise, but the effects are absolutely astonishing. And the acting, by mostly everyone is fabulous. It takes a lot to outdo Robert De Niro, but Kurt Russell manages to do so, especially in the end sequence. And even better, William Baldwin shows he can act.

Rating = 8 of 10


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