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Man on Fire (2004)

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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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Hard drinking, burnt out ex CIA operative John Creasy has given up on life until he's hired as a bodyguard to protect nine year old Pita Ramos. Bit by bit, Creasy begins to reclaim some of his soul, but when pita is kidnapped, Creasy's fiery rage is finally released and he will stop at nothing to save her as he sets out on a dangerous, revenge fuelled rescue mission. Written by Freddie Bidwell

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Forgiveness is between them and God...My job is to arrange the meeting. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

23 April 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hombre en llamas  »

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Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,751,490, 25 April 2004, Wide Release

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Ricardo Darín turned down a role in the movie. See more »


Mariana tells Creasy that Fuentes is more heavily guarded than the president and travels by motorcade. It would stand to reason that, since he has money and influence, the car he travels in would be armored and with bullet resistant glass. Creasy doesn't shoot through the car at any time. It clearly shows bullets hitting the windshield, but not entering the vehicle. If they had, both occupants would have been killed. Creasy knows this and then tosses a fake grenade under the vehicle. This causes the driver to exit the car, and only then does Creasy shoot him. See more »


Lisa: [talking privately, referring to Creasy] She likes him
Samuel: Hm?
Lisa: Creasy, Pita likes him.
Samuel: Pita loves school. She'd like Count Dracula if he took her back there.
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to Mexico City. A very special place. See more »


References Clear and Present Danger (1994) See more »


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Denzel VS Mexico City... with unexpected heart
10 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Alcoholic mercenary Creasy (Washington) is all washed-up, until his friend (Walken) finds him a job in Mexico City, as bodyguard for a rich family's little girl Pita (Fanning). The taciturn man and melancholy girl slowly develop a strong bond... that is utterly shattered the day that Pita is kidnapped and that negotiations are sorely mishandled.

"Man on Fire"'s title works against it. It proclaims an adrenaline-fueled action film, when in fact what we get is very different. What could be mistakenly thought to be a prologue (Creasy is introduced, meets Pita and the relationship is shown) constitutes a good half of the film's running time. Washington and Faning are on top form, the former tortured and angry and the latter endearing without being cloying, so it is a tribute to Scott and screenwriter Helgeland that the film takes its time showing their odd relationship. This makes things all the more hurtful and outraging when she is captured in a kidnapping that leaves Creasy severely scarred, both emotionally and physically.

The film earns its title in the second half, not because of non-stop action - which it fore-goes in order to give us something more pondered and cruel - but because Creasy is literally ablaze with silent fury. As he hunts down anyone who participated or profited from Pita's kidnapping, dismantling rings of Mexico City's tower of corruption, his methods get bloodier while his movement actually get slower. Creasy races against time and his own likely death, as a tragic figure who's newfound reason to live has been taken away from him.

The performances are fine, with great turns from the two leads and superb supporting turns by the always reliable Christopher Walken and Jiancarlo Giannini. What sometime detracts from the film's quality is Tony Scott's now signature messy visuals. While some shots are magnificent, reminiscent of brother Ridley's work, some are almost trashy and epilepsy-inducing (some unnecessary hyper-MTV editing). the man redeems himself by handling his actors with care, superbly illustrating his environment and creating a stark atmosphere.

This is a precious oddity: a quality blockbuster.

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