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A brood of fire-breathing dragons emerges from the earth and begins setting fire to everything, establishing dominance over the planet.

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Burke (Tito)
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Karen Abercromby
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Storyline

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 »


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

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12 July 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Where Heroes Go Down  »

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$214,648 (Japan) (30 May 2003)

Gross:

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

The method by which the dragons expel fire was inspired by two actual animals; the spitting cobra and bombardier beetle. See more »

Goofs

After leaving Quinn to Join Van Zan's forces, Jared returns and meets Quinn in what's left of the orchard. In the first part of the scene Jared is carrying a Sterling submachine gun slung over his shoulder; you can clearly see the distinctive pistol grip and curved magazine. Towards the end of the scene, as he hugs Quinn, the Sterling has been replaced by an SLR, the British version of the FN rifle. All you can see is the Shoulder stock, but it is unmistakable from its shape. The Sterling only ever had a folding metal stock. See more »

Quotes

[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 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

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Walk Away
Written by Mad at Gravity and J. Lynn Johnston
Performed by Mad at Gravity
Courtesy of ARTISTDirect Records/BMG
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Highly Entertaining, Interesting Movie
24 July 2002 | by (Oceania) – See all my reviews

The previews for this movie did not really interest or impress me at all. In fact, I went to this movie only half-interested with a friend who claimed that it would be a good movie. The PG rating worried me, and I was afraid it would be another poorly done movie. I mean, dragons in the future??

However, the previews didn't really say anything about the great acting, touching scenes, and great overall story and concept. What a surprise this movie was! Matthew McConnaughy does a great job, and I could only really half-believe it was him through the whole movie! He plays such an interesting character ... and then the highly rated Christian Bale lives up to his previous acting job... a brilliant performance on his part.

I really was impressed with this movie. It's a wonderful post-apocalyptic movie that explains the demise of the dinosaurs, and brings a whole new element to the evolution and recycling of life on planet Earth. Everything in this movie was great, and sci-fi fantasy fans, you MUST SEE THIS MOVIE!!

A few complaints though, no nothing too bad really.. just nitpicky: 1) a poor directing decision on filming parts of the dragon's eyesight perspective; this kind of technique is shabby, but luckily, it was for only 2 quick shots. 2) They should have explained how the tanks and helicopters get their fuel. 3) The end line was a little silly, something to do with evolution? Huh? 4) Where did all the female dragons go at the end? They just seem to dissapear... maybe an extra 2 minute scene there could have helped to explain the final demise of the dragons.

Overall, this movie is a winner! I'd rate it a solid 8/10 or so! See it! Finally, a post-apocalypse movie that is original, believeable, and doesn't have Kevin Costner in it!!!


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