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Reign of Fire (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  12 July 2002 (USA)
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A brood of fire-breathing dragons emerges from the earth and begins setting everything ablaze, establishing dominance over the planet.



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Scott Moutter ...
Jared Wilke (as Scott James Moutter)
Eddie Stax
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Chris Kelly ...
Karen Abercromby


It is twenty years in the future, and the planet has been devastated by vicious fire-breathing dragons. The last vestiges of humanity now struggle for survival at remote outposts. In a ruined castle in the English countryside, Quinn is desperately trying to hold together a band of frightened, restless survivors. As a boy, Quinn watched his mother die protecting him from one of the beasts, and is still haunted by the memory. One day, a group of American rogues shows up, led by a brash, tough-guy named Van Zam. He claims to have discovered a way to kill the dragons once and for all, and enlists Quinn's help. But doing so will force Quinn to confront his own frightening memories. This, and Quinn's responsibilities to those that are under his protection, results in a battle of wills between the two men. In the end, events cause them both to realize that they must work together to defeat the monsters--both without and within. Written by LOTUSB1973

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Fight Fire With Fire See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense action violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 July 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Where Heroes Go Down  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,632,281 (USA) (12 July 2002)


$1,720,747 (Japan) (6 June 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


It was filmed in Ireland, in the Wicklow Mountains. They were only allowed to film there under the condition that they clean up entirely after themselves, without damaging the landscape. See more »


As Van Zant climbs the covered ladder near the end, the arms of his crossbow catch and bend on the rungs revealing it to be made of rubber See more »


[first lines]
Worker #1: Hello, Quinn.
Worker #2: Good morning, Quinn. How's is going mate.
Young Quinn: What's up, guys.
Worker #3: Working the late shift, are ya?
Young Quinn: Ha! Someone's got to clean up after you guys.
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References Rodan (1956) See more »


Interlude 1
Music by Mad at Gravity
Performed by Mad at Gravity
Courtesy of ARTISTdirect Records
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another neglected classic
15 December 2003 | by (Rain City, Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

I think this is the best post-apocalyptic action film since The Road Warrior. Everything about it works: the story, the acting, the sets, the special effects. It amazes me that this film never found it's audience. I think it's fantastic.A really interesting take on the dragon myth. Something never seen before in a film. Unfortunately, that summer of 2002 all anyone could think about was the over hyped debut of "spider man." Such a shame, because this film beats it by a mile in terms of imagination on display. The sequence where men attempt to snare a dragon in mid-air is something that has never been seen before on-screen. Amazing and excellent stuff, pulled off with panache.

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