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Firestorm (1998)

Firefighter Jesse Graves has to save ornithologist Jennifer and other people caught in a forest fire, which was set up by the lawyer of convicted killer Earl Shaye, who escaped from the ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Howie Long ...
Jesse
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Jennifer
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Monica
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Pete
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Cowboy
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Andy
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Packer
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Karge
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Loomis
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Wilkins (as Benjamin Ratner)
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Sherman
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Tina's Mom
Robyn Driscoll ...
Tina's Dad
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Firefighter Jesse Graves has to save ornithologist Jennifer and other people caught in a forest fire, which was set up by the lawyer of convicted killer Earl Shaye, who escaped from the prison with several of his inmates posing as firefighters to recover $37,000,000 in stashed loot. Written by Anonymous

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Fight fire with fire.

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Thriller | Action

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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9 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tormenta de fuego  »

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Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,849,308 (USA) (9 January 1998)

Gross:

$8,041,665 (USA) (6 February 1998)
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Trivia

The film was originally set up at the now defunct Savoy Pictures. When Savoy had the project, the film was going to be more epic in scale, with comprehensive visual and computer effects. Savoy even offered Sylvester Stallone $20 million to star, which he accepted. However, the studio went bust before the film was made. Twentieth Century Fox picked up the script from "turnaround" and fashioned it into a more intimate, smaller budgeted movie as they were looking to only spend $30 million dollars on the picture. See more »

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Smoke Jumpers do not jump with their tools, these are delivered in separate cargo parachute drops. See more »

Quotes

Randall Alexander Shaye: In case you haven't noticed... we're not firemen.
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Featured in HBO First Look: Firestorm (1998) See more »

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Cat People (Putting Out the Fire)
Written by Giorgio Moroder / David Bowie
Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of MCA Records
By Arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets
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Dumb, brainless action but fun in a way
21 July 2000 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

This movie only lasts for barely 89 minutes. This makes me wonder if anything was cut out of the movie in the editing room. I think there was when I watch the film. It could have been so much more. What's left is a very brief and entertaining movie about a prison break. With very little Firestorm.

Many people have said that Howie Long's performance in this film is quite poor. I think that he did a fine job. I can honestly say his performance is totally adequate. William Forsythe is quite a decent villain too. Neither hammy nor campy. I'm glad he was in the movie.

But I'm not glad the film was a flop. It would have been a big hit if it was longer and had more plot. You can't call a film FIRESTORM and have only a few seconds worth of fire in it. I don't know what has been cut from this film but it has damaged it severely. Chris Soth is the only person credited with writing this film but rumor has it that Graeme Yost actually wrote the first draft but used his affiliation with the of the WGA to take if off after they hashed his script around too much.

Although it is bare-boned and anorexic it is still a cool film to watch.


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