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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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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


A Promise To Protect. A Vow To Avenge 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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Ricardo Darín turned down a role in the movie. See more »


La virgen de Guadalupe (virgin of Guadalupe), so prominently displayed in the film, is not the representation of our lady of Guadalupe, but a different incarnation. See more »


Pita: You're late.
Creasy: I'm sorry.
Pita: Where's my mother?
Creasy: I dropped her at home.
Pita: It's no wonder you're late. Why didn't she just come with you?
[Creasy doesn't answer]
Pita: Do you think my mom likes you?
Creasy: I think she's afraid of me. But not the same way most people are.
Pita: I'm not afraid of you.
Creasy: I know you're not.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Fear of Clowns (2004) See more »


Written and Performed by Baby Doc & S-J
Courtesy of Arriba Studios
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The Best Film of 2004!!!
5 June 2005 | by (Caracas, Venezuela) – See all my reviews

There are many reasons to watch this movie: to see the reality that whips Latin America with regard to the kidnappings thing, the police corruption at continental level, among so many realities that we live the Latins.

The performance of Denzel Wahington was brilliant, this guy continues being an excellent actor and that it continues this way. Dakota Fanning just by 10 years, an excellent actress has become and I congratulate her. The rest of the movie was of marvel, I have it in my collection.

I hope that they are happened to those producing of Hollywood to make a movie completely in Venezuela, where they show our reality better with regard to the delinquency, the traffic of drugs or the political problems. They have been few the movies that they play Venezuelan land (for example: Aracnophobia, Jungle 2 Jungle, Dragonfly) they should make more, as well as they make in Mexico.

The song "Una Mirada" I hope that it leaves in the soundtrack, it is excellent. My vote is 10/10

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