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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Marea de fuego  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,723,480, 26 May 1991

Gross USA:

$77,868,585

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,368,585
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the extras in the film were real Chicago firefighters. A casting call was put out in a Department memo prior to the start of shooting. In addition, many suburban firemen participated in the funeral procession. See more »

Goofs

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

Schmidt: Yeah, it's jumping floors, Lieutenant!
Lt. Steven McCaffrey: So, where's the second-in companies, huh?
Schmidt: Sorry, man, John Wayne time. You're on your own, boss.
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Referenced in Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom: Yakusoku (2009) See more »

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Set Me In Motion
Written by Bruce Hornsby (as B.R. Hornsby) & John Hornsby
Performed by Bruce Hornsby & The Range (as Bruce Hornsby and The Range)
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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Fire. A living, breathing animal.
9 February 2001 | by 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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