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Man on Fire (2004)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  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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A Promise To Protect. A Vow To Avenge See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

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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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Hombre en llamas  »

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Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$365,867 (Japan) (17 December 2004)

Gross:

$3,894,070 (Japan) (21 January 2005)
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The kitchen scene between Creasy and Pita where she asked him about concubines were mostly ad-libbed by both actors. It started when they "accused" each other of smiling. See more »

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When Jorge Gonzalez is removing the blue and red cover for his car, it clearly shows the windshield fully intact with no cracks. However, when he gets in the car, and Creasy gets in after him, the windshield is clearly cracked and broken in numerous places. See more »

Quotes

Creasy: PITA, RUN! RUN!
Pita: Creasy!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Spy Game (2001) See more »

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La Negra
Written by Rubén Fuentes (as Ruben Fuentes) and Silvestre Vargas (as Silvestre Vargas Vazquez)
Performed by Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán (as Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan)
Courtesy of Warner Music Mexico SA de CV
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Outstanding Movie
1 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is by far one of the better made movies and didn't leave me disappointed at all. The sound track along with finely shot hand-held camera work was exquisite . The are always chances a movie won't hold ones beliefs as well as another, but I felt that rhythm of this picture and the timing was excellent. Dakota Fanning is rapidly becoming a staple in movie that require a child with an old soul personality and she has never disappointed me with her talent. As for Mr. Washington and of course Christopher Walken they both exceed the challenge of showing the darkest sides of humanity trying to move to the light.


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