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Firestorm (1998)

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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 ... See full summary »



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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.


Thriller | Action

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tormenta de fuego  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


DEM 70,511 (Germany) (5 June 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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First cinema feature of Barry Pepper. See more »


Jesse throws the chainsaw at the car with the chain running. Safeties on the saw would not allow the chain to continue to run without an operator holding it. See more »


Jesse: Fire moves uphill. You do know that, don't you?
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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.48 (2015) See more »


Cat People (Putting Out the Fire)
Written by Giorgio Moroder / David Bowie
Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of MCA Records
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"You're a bird watcher?!"
25 April 2011 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Toasty, by-the-numbers b-grade natural disaster action joint which has a stout-hearted Howie Long playing a smoke-jumper that has to tackle firestorms and William Forsythe's gleefully hammy bad guy persona. Forsythe is great and you know you can always expect a show whenever his on screen, as he simply knows how to play devious tyrants. Also along for the heatwave are Scott Glenn and Barry Pepper. Simple-minded writing makes sure that the bubblegum action flows with the blatant heroics coming to the forefront, which is led by Long and Glenn. Hammy dialogues (I can't remember the last time I heard someone be called a butt-munch) are filtered in and the stunt-work can get hot and heavy. Too bad some of the computer effects come off rather lousy, especially during the final climatic scenes. Director Dean Semler (who was cinematographer for such films as "Mad Max 2" and "Razorback") keeps it rugged and heightens it with some stylish shots of the woodland terrain. Disposable, but crackling entertainment.

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