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Man on Fire (2004)

 -  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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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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Sabotage his work, his fiery will be releashed See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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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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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 Voice" lives in apartment 26D Via Appia. Via Appia is also the road in Italy where the 6,000 rebel slaves that followed Spartacus were crucified. See more »

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During the Victor Fuentes interrogation scene, Creasy sets his watch to 5:00, and an on-screen display of the time starts counting down. The time between the watch timer starting and the explosion is only 3:10, and even some of the on-screen countdown seconds are sped up. See more »

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Pita: Creasy
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Pita: You're smiling.
Creasy: What?
Pita: You were smiling.
Creasy: No, I'm not.
Pita: You were.
Creasy: No, I was not.
Pita: You're not now, but you were.
Creasy: No, *you* were smiling, I wasn't smiling.
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Special thanks to Mexico City. A very special place. See more »

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Remade as Ek Ajnabee (2005) See more »

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Written by Michael Chapman and Nicolas Chinn (as Nicky Chinn)
Performed by Toni Basil
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Riveting viewing!
4 January 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Certainly one of the finest movies I have seen for quite some time. Exquisite direction and flawless acting make this a very entertaining and often moving film. Denzel Washington plays one of his most engaging and emotional roles to date, and the rest of the cast perform beautifully. Christopher Walken is of course superb in his part although he did not appear as often as I would have liked. A story of ultimate greed that backfires is offset against a childs innocence and love. This is also a film for action movie lovers as it has its fair share of bullets, rockets and revenge. The location of Mexico City adds a feel of seediness and corruption which in itself is an eye opener. All in all, a truly gripping film from beginning to end. Highly recommended!


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