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Man on Fire (2004)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  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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Creasy's art is death, and he is about to paint his masterpiece. See more »


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

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Hombre en llamas  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$3,894,070 (Japan) (21 January 2005)
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Writer Brian Helgeland first saw the original Man on Fire (1987) when he was renting videos in the late-'80s. He walked in to the video store where Quentin Tarantino was working, and asked what was good. Tarantino recommended Man on Fire (1987). See more »

Goofs

When Creasy shoot's the kidnappers' car's driver-side window, a plastic shield can be seen in the window frame, protecting the actors from the breaking window glass. See more »

Quotes

Pita: There are some good things in this world.
Creasy: Oh yeah, like what?
Pita: Like meeting me.
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Daniel Paredes ... Son of a driver See more »

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Featured in Vengeance Is Mine: Reinventing 'Man on Fire' (2005) See more »

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Corridor
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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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