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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Howie Long ...
Christianne Hirt ...
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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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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 »


Jennifer tells Jessie that she is a former US Marine Corps medic - in actuality the Marines have no medical personnel and rely upon the Navy to provide medical corpsmen. See more »


Randall Alexander Shaye: Hey smoke jumper... you still alive?
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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »


I Don't Want to Change Your Mind
Written by James Kalamasz (uncredited) and Danny Kirsic (uncredited)
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Not bad, but not the best
12 August 1999 | by (Allentown, PA) – See all my reviews

When I first heard of Firestorm, I thought it was going to be a blast, but it just didn't live up to my expectations. I had to admit, the dialogue was EXTREMELY lousy. Howie Long has to start reading his lines more. He seemed like a damn zombie when it came to his talking parts! But enough about the bad parts. I think this film had a lot of great action sequences, because it all seemed pretty realistic. If he would just work at it, Long would make an excellent action hero. Though he wouldn't make it to the level of Schwarzeneggar and Stallone, he would probably equal to the level with Dolph Lundgren, Wings Hauser, Gary Busey, and Bruce Campbell. Firestorm really reminded me of a lot like Cliffhanger, because they similar plot tones. Let's face it, this film is no Ben-Hur, but if you like action films that don't require a high IQ, Firestorm is your right choice.

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