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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel Ramos
Mariana Garcia Guerrero
Victor Fuentes
Gero Camilo ...
Jorge Gonzalez
Charles Paraventi ...
Jersey Boy
Carmen Salinas ...
Guardian Three
Esteban De La Trinidad ...
Guardian Two


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sabotage his work, his fiery will be releashed 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:

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


$3,894,070 (Japan) (21 January 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


A couple of Mercedes S-class were bought and utterly destroyed during filming. See more »


When Creasy is standing on the bridge before taking his final walk, there is a shot which shows his St. Jude medallion hanging visibly outside his shirt, but after a cut-away, he is next shown pulling the medallion out. See more »


Creasy: Revenge is a meal best served cold.
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Crazy Credits

Daniel Paredes ... Son of a driver See more »


References The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »


Written by Pepe Guízar (as Pepe Guizar)
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User Reviews

a genuinely good movie
23 November 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

i liked this film a lot. it's dark, it's not a bullet-dodging, car-chasing numb your brain action movie. a lot of the characters backgrounds and motivations are kinda vague, leaving the viewer to come to their own conclusions. it's nice to see a movie where the director allows the viewer to make up their own minds.

in the end, motivated by love or vengeance, or a desire to repent - he does what he feels is "right". 'will god ever forgive us for what we've done?' - it's not a question mortal men can answer - so he does what he feels he has to do, what he's good at, what he's been trained to do.

denzel washington is a great actor - i honestly can't think of one bad movie he's done - and he's got a great supporting cast. i would thoroughly recommend this movie to anyone.

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