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Man on Fire (2004)

 -  Action | Drama | Thriller  -  23 April 2004 (USA)
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In Mexico City, a former assassin swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.

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Storyline

A wave of kidnappings has swept through Mexico, feeding a growing sense of panic among its wealthier citizens, especially parents. In one six-day period, there were twenty-four abductions, leading many to hire bodyguards for their children. Into this world enters John Creasy, a burned-out ex-CIA operative/assassin, who has given up on life. Creasy's friend Rayburn brings him to Mexico City to be a bodyguard to nine-year-old Pita Ramos, daughter of industrialist Samuel Ramos and his wife Lisa. Creasy is not interested in being a bodyguard, especially to a youngster, but for lack of something better to do, he accepts the assignment. Creasy barely tolerates the precocious child and her pestering questions about him and his life. But slowly, she chips away at his seemingly impenetrable exterior, his defenses drop, and he opens up to her. Creasy's new-found purpose in life is shattered when Pita is kidnapped. Despite being seriously wounded during the kidnapping, he vows to kill anyone ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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A Promise To Protect. A Vow To Avenge See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language and strong violence | See all certifications »

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23 April 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Man on Fire  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$365,867 (Japan) (17 December 2004)

Gross:

$3,894,070 (Japan) (21 January 2005)
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Writer Brian Helgeland was not really keen on writing a movie he probably would not end up directing, so the producers told him that Tony Scott was working on another project that he might shoot instead of Man on Fire. In the end, that other project didn't end up getting made, and Scott ended up directing. See more »

Goofs

When Creasy parks the Mercedes at Pita's school and Pita and Creasy get out of the car, the front wheels are pointed straight ahead. When Creasy returns to the car after signing Pita in, the front wheels are turned hard left. See more »

Quotes

Jordan: Look, Sammy, all my clients have, uh, kidnap and ransom insurance.
Samuel: I have a policy. A.I.G. My dad gave it to me.
Jordan: Yeah, I know. I got it for your dad. But what are you gonna do in sixty days when you can't renew it? You can't, because you don't have a bodyguard.
Samuel: I know, I had to let Emilio go.
Jordan: You gotta please Lisa. I mean, hey, ass like that's hard to find.
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Special thanks to Mexico City. A very special place. See more »


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La Negra
Written by Rubén Fuentes (as Ruben Fuentes) and Silvestre Vargas (as Silvestre Vargas Vazquez)
Performed by Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán (as Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan)
Courtesy of Warner Music Mexico SA de CV
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Riveting viewing!
4 January 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Certainly one of the finest movies I have seen for quite some time. Exquisite direction and flawless acting make this a very entertaining and often moving film. Denzel Washington plays one of his most engaging and emotional roles to date, and the rest of the cast perform beautifully. Christopher Walken is of course superb in his part although he did not appear as often as I would have liked. A story of ultimate greed that backfires is offset against a childs innocence and love. This is also a film for action movie lovers as it has its fair share of bullets, rockets and revenge. The location of Mexico City adds a feel of seediness and corruption which in itself is an eye opener. All in all, a truly gripping film from beginning to end. Highly recommended!


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