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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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23 April 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Man on Fire  »

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Box Office

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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Trivia

Antoine Fuqua was offered the chance to direct the movie, but he was already busy with production on King Arthur (2004). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

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

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Drew Barrymore/Lily Allen (2007) See more »

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Follow Me Down
from film Abandon (2002) (uncredited)
Written by Clint Mansell
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
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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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