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Fire Down Below (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  5 September 1997 (USA)
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Environmental protection agent Jack Taggart is fighting big business types led by Orin Hanner who are dumping toxic waste somewhere in the Kentucky hills region. They also killed his fellow... See full summary »

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Earl Kellogg
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Orin Hanner Jr.
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Orin Hanner Sr.
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Cotton Harry
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Reverend Bob Goodall
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Hatch
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Edie Carr
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Phil Pratt
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FBI Agent #2
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Walter Carr
Yvonne Pollard ...
Mrs. Carr
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Environmental protection agent Jack Taggart is fighting big business types led by Orin Hanner who are dumping toxic waste somewhere in the Kentucky hills region. They also killed his fellow agent and are killing the nature of the region. Written by Anonymous

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One Man. One Secret. One Chance in Hell. See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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5 September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alerte sous la Terre  »

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,073,094 (USA) (5 September 1997)

Gross:

$16,148,906 (USA) (24 October 1997)
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It took about two weeks to film the scene where Jack was being chased by the coal truck. See more »

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The burning remains of the fallen church steeple disappear the next time Taggart is seen. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank Elkins: I'm going to Kentucky to check on a case. When I'm back, we're gonna go hunting. Do some fishing. We'll get away from all this stuff.
Jack Taggert: I appreciate the friendship. Means a lot to me.
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I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it.
3 April 2002 | by (Kimberling City, MO.) – See all my reviews

All of the fun from a Steven Seagal film comes from watching the man. You know that when the bad guys are circling him, taunting him, telling him what they're about to do, you know that within less than a minute, everyone around him is going to be lying on the ground, moaning in pain, while he stands there smirking. Literally everything in his reach becomes a weapon and he NEVER kicks. Also, he ALWAYS comes out scratch free. His character will almost always be clad in leather, even when everyone else is walking around in Summer wear. Yep, he's a regular "Jack of all trades" in this one as he's an Enviornmental Protection Agent, a pilot, a carpenter, a martial artist, and a guitar player as well. It's so absurd, but yet SO satisfying, it's just the way action movies should be. No one else could pull it off and do it so well. Lotsa fun.

Steven Seagal plays basically the same character in every movie, and while they're always panned by the critics, his movies always please the audience that they were intended for. Fire Down Below is, in my opinion, the last of his really good movies. Everything else kinda went downhill from there. With Fire Down Below, he took his preachiness from On Deadly Ground, and toned it down a little. Also, he wasn't directing this time. But one thing I have to say is that I could've done without the sped up action sequences. There were a few times, throughout the movie, where I thought that I may have accidentally hit the fast forward button on my remote. But other than that, this movie does what action movies are supposed to do and doesn't pull any punches. I also enjoyed the Kentucky backdrop and it was kinda cool to see so many country musicians make cameos. Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt, Mark Collie, Kris Kristofferson, Levon Helm...they're all here, not too mention several others. My favorite character was "Cotton" played to perfection by one of my all time favorite character actors Harry Dean Stanton. His mountain-boy simplicity put a big ole smile on my face everytime he showed up and I love the guy in everything he's in.

Everyone in the movie seems to be having a great time and it's so hard to take anything seriously. All you can really do is sit back and have a good time. I hope that for his next film, that he ditches all the glossiness of "Exit Wounds" and goes back to the movies that made his audiences love him in the first place.


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