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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
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Chief John Fitzgerald (as Tony Mockus Sr.)
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Nightingale
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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)  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Scott Glenn said that the film gave him a new respect "for the real firefighters, who put their lives on the line for all of us every day. We had it easy next to those guys." See more »

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In the final fire scene, both brothers are swimming in an elevator shaft filled with water, but as they are trying to escape that building moments later, there is no water running off them, or in their boots. See more »

Quotes

Ronald Bartel: The funny thing about firemen is... Night and day they are always firemen.
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(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave
Written by Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier & Brian Holland
Performed by Martha & The Vandellas
Courtesy of Motown Record Company L.P.
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Excellent portrayal of actual events
10 January 2004 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

Ron Howard did a wonderful job of bringing some of the real-life problems that firefighters face everyday in Backdraft. I'm kind of tired of hearing the Monday morning quarterbacks on this site trying to talk about how bad it was and that it wasn't realistic, etc. Take it from a REAL firefighter who has lost brothers in REAL fires and has lived through a REAL backdraft, it's NOT all fun and games, and it's far from glamourous. This movie did an excellent job capturing some of the emotions that flow through every firehouse in America today, particularly after 9/11, we are a brotherhood in which the "I go---we go" mentality is a very REAL concept that most of us live by everyday. And the corruption part of the story, well that's Hollywood for ya, if it doesn't have death, destruction, and corruption...then it doesn't sell very well. Yes there are corrupt politicians and it wouldn't surprise me if things like that did happen, but it's far from commonplace and was just to enhance the film and give you a person to "hate" in the film (JT Walsh, God rest his soul).

So I give it 4 out of 4 stars, very realistic, well directed, EXCELLENT acting on Kurt Russell and Robert DiNiro's parts, and can't wait til I find it on DVD to buy it.


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