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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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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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Creasy's art is death, and he is about to paint his masterpiece. See more »


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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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Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,751,490 (USA) (23 April 2004)

Gross:

$77,862,546 (USA) (13 August 2004)
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Trivia

Radha Mitchell had three bodyguards protecting her when she was in Mexico for filming. She said they were hired after her driver was carjacked at gunpoint in Mexico City. See more »

Goofs

Right before the kidnapping scene, when Creasy is putting the dog in the car, the shot shows the dog entering the car. In the next shot from a different angle, the dog is still outside and enters the car again. See more »

Quotes

Pita: Where are you from, Creasy?
Creasy: The United States.
Pita: I know, but which state?
Creasy: No state in particular.
Pita: My mom and me are from Houston, Texas. Have you been there?
Creasy: No.
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Special thanks to Mexico City. A very special place. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler (2009) See more »

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Gavin Leaves Message
from film Changing Lanes (2002) (uncredited)
Written by David Arnold
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
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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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