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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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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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One breath of oxygen and it explodes in a deadly rage. 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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$75,000,000 (estimated)

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$77,868,585 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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A lot of the guys in Brian's fire truck are real firefighters. See more »

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When Steven and Axe are hanging from the platform, Steven's grip switches from overhand, to underhand (as he is trying to pull them both back up), and back again (just before they fall). See more »

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[Rimgale and Brian crash Alderman Swayzak's press conference]
Donald 'Shadow' Rimgale: These detectives would like to question you on how come you paid Donald Cosgrove, Jeffrey Holcum and Allan Seagrave to create a phony manpower study!
[throws the files at the media, resulting in a barrage of questions]
Donald 'Shadow' Rimgale: [to the media] Ask him who made money off firemen dying!
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Referenced in Rederiet: En joker i leken (1992) See more »

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burn baby, burn
8 May 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

It's weird to think that when I went to see "Home Alone" in the theaters, "Backdraft" was advertised right before the movie came on. The whole thing is a little grimmer than we usually expect from Ron Howard. It focuses on mutually hostile brothers Stephen (Kurt Russell) and Brian McCaffrey (William Baldwin), both firefighters in Chicago having to put aside their differences to fight an arson outbreak.

True, it doesn't really sound like much of a plot, but Howard knows how to keep everything going. Stephen is the sort of guy with a bad attitude whom you can't help but respect. Brian mainly shows that there was once a time when Alec Baldwin's brothers could act. As for the climax, that is really something that is likely to shock you royally. But don't get me wrong. This is a good movie. Maybe not any kind of masterpiece, but worth seeing nevertheless. Above all, it's not a disaster movie (the less said about "The Towering Inferno" the better). Also starring Robert DeNiro, Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Scott Glenn, Rebecca DeMornay and J.T. Walsh.


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