Ladder 49 (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  1 October 2004 (USA)
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Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads,... See full summary »



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Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Assistant Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him. Written by Anonymous

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Their greatest challenge lies in rescuing one of their own See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for intense fire and rescue situations, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 October 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brigada 49  »

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Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,088,204 (USA) (1 October 2004)


$74,540,762 (USA) (18 February 2005)

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The original script, written before the terrorist attacks on the USA of 11 September 2001, set the events in New York. See more »


When the fight breaks out in the firehouse, coffee gets spilled on the table. But in the next shot, the table is spotless. See more »


Linda Morrison: So, you guys usually pick up girls in the supermarket? For fun, or...?
Jack Morrison: Usually I just throw them over my shoulder and carry them down a ladder.
Linda Morrison: [smiles] Sort of a tarzan/jane thing?
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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »


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Get Up that Ladder to See this Wonderful Film.
15 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Remember the classic Oscar-winning film, "How Green Was My Valley?" What made that film so great was the deep connections of a Welsh mining family and the people around them.

I felt that same deep connection when I saw Ladder 49. Here we see firemen interacting not only on the job but in their personal lives as well. We share their joys and their heartbreaks.

John Travolta shines in a supporting role as the commander of the firemen. Joaquin Phoenix is very appealing as firemen Jack Morrison, whose story is the picture.

While trapped in a burning building, flashbacks are well used to show his life from the time of his joining the fire department, his meeting with his future wife, his marriage and his heroic deeds.

The stalwart ending of the perseverance of firemen, in the face of tragedy, makes this a heartily recommended film.

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