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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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Stephen McCaffrey / Dennis McCaffrey
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Helen McCaffrey
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Tim Krizminski
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Marty Swayzak
Anthony 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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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)  »

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Marea de fuego  »

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Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

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$77,868,585 (USA)
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Trivia

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

At the fire at the theater, Donald is holding the electrical plug with the crowbar, but in the next shot, he's got his hand on it and in the next shot, it's back to the crowbar. See more »

Quotes

John 'Axe' Adcox: Your Dad died saving my life and these people were killing firemen for MONEY!
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Referenced in White Collar: At What Price (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Gotta See Your Eyes
Written by Thomas Guzman-Sanchez
Performed by Rhythm Tribe
Courtesy of Zoo Entertainment
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Fire. A living, breathing animal.
9 February 2001 | by (Canada) – 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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