When a multimillionaire man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then turns the tables on the kidnappers when he uses the ransom money as a reward for the capture of the kidnappers.
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
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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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