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Release Date:
22 August 1997 (Turkey) See more »
He's destroyed everything close to him. Now he's going next door. See more »
A decorated firefighter has his wife and son leave him because of his violent tendencies, including playing a game of Russian Roulette with his wife... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Charlie Sheen ... Lyle Wilder

Mare Winningham ... Catherine Braverton

David Andrews ... Reese Braverton

Noah Fleiss ... Zach Braverton
Chelsea Russo ... Marcie Braverton

John Ratzenberger ... Al Calavito

Dawnn Lewis ... Sandy Tierra
Keone Young ... Ron the Repairman

Reggie Jackson ... Himself
Cody Jones ... D.J.

David Hewlett ... Andrew
Phillip Jarrett ... Firefighter

Kim Roberts ... 911 Operator
Dawn Roach ... 911 Operator
Catherine Swing ... Crack House Reporter

Tino Monte ... TV Newscaster
Sheldon Turcott ... Network Newscaster

David Sutcliffe ... Helicopter Observer

Karen Brigman ... Marge
Michelle Moffat ... Angel (as Michelle Moffatt)
Errol G. Farquharson ... Gangbanger #1 (as Errol Farquharson)

Robert Thomas ... Gangbanger #2

Roy T. Anderson ... Gangbanger #3
Rory Flynn ... Kenny Wilder
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sandra Oh
Jordan-Patrick Marcantonio ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Craig R. Baxley 
Writing credits
Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh (written by)

Produced by
Alan Beattie .... producer
Chris Chesser .... producer
David Gaines .... associate producer
Frank K. Isaac .... co-producer
Barr B. Potter .... executive producer (as Barr Potter)
Original Music by
Gary Chang 
Cinematography by
David Connell 
Film Editing by
Sonny Baskin 
Casting by
Karen Rea 
Production Design by
Philip Leonard 
Costume Design by
Linda Kemp  (as Lynda Kemp)
Makeup Department
Paul Jones .... special makeup designer
Katherine Southern .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Chad .... trainee assistant director
Andrew Shea .... first assistant director
Kate Weiss .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Peter Hudecki .... storyboard artist
Michael Williams'Willis' .... construction laborer
Richard M. Snider .... greensman
Clive Thomasson .... co-decorator
Sound Department
Denis Bellingham .... boom operator
Richard F.W. Davis .... sound effects editor
Marilyn Graf .... foley mixer
Cindy Jo Hinkleman .... assistant sound editor
Adam Kroloff .... sound effects editor
Doug Madick .... foley artist
Paul Menichini .... sound effects editor
Bruce Nazarian .... supervising sound editor
Richard Partlow .... foley artist (as Rick Partlow)
Sergio Reyes .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Troy .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Michael Kavanagh .... special effects coordinator
Dawn Rivard .... special effects
Jeff Skochko .... special effects assistant
David Loveday .... model maker (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... hazeltine optical element timing: THDX (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... in-show optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Eddie Braun .... stunt double
Tommy Chang .... stunt double: Keon Young
Mary Fallick .... stunt double
Cameron Fergus .... stunt double
Robert Hannah .... stunt double
Susan Horton .... stunt double: Dawnn Lewis
Jamie Jones .... stunt coordinator
Alison Reid .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
John Ferguson .... gaffer
Michael Galbraith .... best boy
Patrick King .... dolly grip
Michael Kohne .... key grip
Rudolf Mammitzsch .... camera trainee
Bob Marshak .... still photographer
Casting Department
Aric Dupere .... extras casting assistant
Donna Dupere .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Loreen Lightfoot .... costume cutter/stitcher
Sheila E. Pruden .... assistant costume designer
Music Department
Todd Hayen .... conductor
Todd Hayen .... orchestrator
Sherry Whitfield .... music editor
Other crew
Jeff Ballard .... publicist
Kristine M. Gilbert .... production coordinator
Craig Goodwill .... editorial/production assistant
Sara Holmes .... assistant accountant
Fred Kamping .... location manager
Simone Stock .... assistant: Craig R. Baxley
Charles Taylor .... armorer
Charles Taylor .... weapons handler
Dave Tommasini .... helicopter pilot
Braden Wright .... unit publicist (as Darryl Wright)
Bret Michaels .... special thanks
Shane Stanley .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Fireman" - International (English title) (alternative title)
"Under Pressure" - International (English title) (video title)
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Rated R for violence/terror and language
88 min | Argentina:104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:R | Finland:K-16 (video premiere) | France:U | Germany:16 (video premiere) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 (video premiere) | UK:15 | USA:R

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Factual errors: When the model airplane flies through the window, the glass breaks apart in small pieces like safety glass of a car, normal window glass does not break like this.See more »
Lyle Wilder:[When Catherine begs him not to hurt her family] Your idea of hurt is alot diffrent from mine!
Lyle Wilder:[When asked what he wants] I want to see your babies... I want to discipline them... I want to save them!
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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Bad day at the office - 18%, 9 April 2005
Author: Benjamin Cox from Hampshire, England

Now this is a surprise. Normally, I'd expect Eastern movies to have a different title to the one I'd just watched because of the slight language difference. But this is the first American movie I've seen where the title in the listings and on screen was "Under Pressure" and yet it's actually called "Bad Day On The Block" and is now calling itself "The Fireman". Whatever it's called, it's a duffer and no mistake and not even Hollywood playboy Charlie Sheen can rescue it - ironically, for a fireman.

Martin's less-talented son plays celebrated fireman Lyle Wilder, a brief media sensation after he rescues a baby from a burning crack-house. But when Lyle returns home after work, we see him for what he truly is - a depressed, psychotic loner who lives alone with only memories of his ex-wife and a nasty dog for company. You can tell he's a bad one because he loves moody lighting effects, sweats profusely and has a wide-eyed stare so beloved of nutters for many cinematic outings. Unfortunately, when a model aeroplane belonging to his neighbour's son (Noah Fleiss) crashes through his window, it triggers a lethal domino effect and Lyle begins a campaign of terror against the bemused family next door.

"Under Pressure" is as uninspiring as either of it's titles, dragging what might have been an interesting character study into well-travelled waters. Sheen doesn't help, acting like a Jack Nicholson tribute act and pointlessly quoting the Bible as if his life depended on it. Seeing this, it's not difficult to see why Sheen's professional career has nose-dived quicker than shares in MG Rover. "Pantomime" seems too critical a word but Sheen broods and goes through the motions with almost no interest at all - he's as bad as Jon Voight in "Anaconda" but not as funny. We know very little about how and why Lyle is as disturbed as he is (and why absolutely nobody saw this obvious psycho living in their neighbourhood) and as his one-man war against wholesome neighbours Catherine and Reese (Mare Winningham & David Andrews, respectively) and their two children reaches it's climax, you simply don't care enough about the family or Lyle to bother to check out the ending.

Nothing about this film leaps off the page and grabs your attention, aside from how plain and boring it is. The performances are unmemorable (apart from Sheen, who's just bad), the story is weak and the whole thing has that dreadful TVM feel to it. In fact, I'm amazed that I was inspired enough to write as much about this film as I have. It's duller than a golf tournament and I think I know why it has two titles. Because if you watch a film called "Under Pressure" and find it to be complete rubbish then perhaps you'd like to watch another. It's called "The Fireman"...

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