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Backdraft (1991)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 24 May 1991 (USA)
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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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Alderman Marty Swayzak
Anthony Mockus Sr. ...
Chief John Fitzgerald (as Tony Mockus Sr.)
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Grindle
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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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$75,000,000 (estimated)

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$77,868,585 (USA)
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Trivia

Effects supervisor Alan Hall set up a "fire lab" three months before shooting to learn how to control the fire. In the lab, he tested explosions, different types of fuels, and how the fire burned. See more »

Goofs

Reflected in the screen door after the "stinking spinach" line. See more »

Quotes

Ricco, Pathologist: Now on a lucky shot, we picked up something, what was it...? Trychtichlorate.
Donald 'Shadow' Rimgale: Oh, yeah, trychtichlorate. Needs magnesium. It's pretty rare. They stopped making it a couple of years ago.
Ricco, Pathologist: We figured it probably got on his clothes in a gas state from the fire.
Donald 'Shadow' Rimgale: What was it doing in the fire?
Ricco, Pathologist: That's your job.
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Referenced in Soldier (1998) See more »

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In The Unpromised Land
Written by Michael Stuart Kirkpatrick (as Michael S. Kirkpatrick)
Performed by The Drovers
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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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