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Man on Fire (2004)

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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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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No such thing as though. There's trained and there's untrained. Now, which one are you? See more »


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

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23 April 2004 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,751,490 (USA) (23 April 2004)

Gross:

$77,862,546 (USA) (13 August 2004)
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Trivia

The filmmakers were inspired by City of God (2002), for the gritty visual style of this movie. See more »

Goofs

After Creasy frees the young Mexican girl and walks out onto the dance floor shooting, the crowd doesn't panic, or begin any other rational action - they just keep dancing and working their way toward the door. And once they're outside they continue dancing (at a safe distance) outside the dance hall until and even after the dance hall explodes. No one is in fear; they just keep dancing and cheering. It IS a rave party in Mexico, after all - intoxication, the mental confusion induced from the music and lights, and the close relations with guns in that society, would not create a state of alertness or danger. No one (visibly) died, either - the patrons were corralled outside _before_ the explosions, so there was no sense of danger, and no emotional distress. See more »

Quotes

Rayburn: [during a barbeque cookout at his home with his family] Mariana!... Obey me, and I will love you.
Creasy: So that's how it works huh?
Rayburn: That's how it works.
[Mariana brings Rayburn his drink]
Creasy: Does she have a sister?
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Daniel Paredes ... Son of a driver See more »

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Soundtracks

Una Palabra
Written and Performed by Carlos Varela
Courtesy of Graffiti Records/MCH Solutions, Inc.
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Perfect...Just Perfect. Do yourselves a favor and watch it but...
16 March 2005 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

...dont read any plot summaries because in words the plot might seem trivial, brain-dead and pointless. The film is excellent, the acting by both Denzel and Dakota (she will go sky high, trust me on that)are just fabulous, and the plot is mind blowing. Actually "fabulous" is a small word to use for such talented actors. The film is just based on actual facts and some characters are not fictional, a fact that adds up to the shock that i was having during and after the film. If you are fond of both actors and of somewhat deranged films, you still haven't watched your favorite one yet...Trust me, in the end you will have a weird and inexplicable feeling. The film is awesome, see it, rent it, buy it or whatever...just don't miss it


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