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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


Creasy's art is death, and he is about to paint his masterpiece. 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?


Dakota Fanning had a "stunt-burper" because she couldn't do it. See more »


After Pita is kidnapped, the police chief gives her full name as "Pita Martin Ramos". Not only is the child's real first name "Lupita," but according to Mexican name customs, the father's surname should go first, making it "Lupita Ramos Martin". See more »


[Jordan finishes a story of a recent kidnapping]
Samuel: So what happened?
Jordan: Family paid the ransom. And they sent the kid home after a couple of days... minus an ear, of course.
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Crazy Credits

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


Featured in HBO First Look: The Making of 'Man on Fire' (2004) See more »


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

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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