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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
Every fire scene in the film depicts an actual firefighting incident somewhere in the USA. The scene where Jack Morrison is rescuing the civilian trapped on the 20th story ledge was an incident in New York City, where an acquaintance of Tim Guinee (Tony Corrigan) was rescued by firefighters in the same exact manner. See more »
When the large explosion occurs while Jack is in the warehouse, you see the floor cave in under his feet, immediately followed by Jack sliding in. In the next close-up scene, Jack is obviously on the slope struggling to stay on that floor and not fall into the newly created hole. In the next scene, you see the floor is again whole, then caves in, and once more you see Jack start to slide down the angled floor toward the hole. See more »
Linda, what is wrong?
I saw you on the news, Jack, dangling from a rope! How could you tell me that it's not dangerous?
I never said it wasn't dangerous.
When we talked about it, I asked you and you said it wasn't dangerous.
I said it wasn't any more dangerous than being on the engine! I never said it wasn't dangerous!
Do... do... do you see me right now? Do you? 'Cos this isn't just about us. Have you thought about that?
[Jack approaches Linda]
I'm scared. I ...
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This is a film that definitely looks at the day to day lives of firemen as it is primarily through the eyes of Jack Morrison. The film pretty much looks at how he starts off as a rookie, how he meets his wife and how his career progresses until that fateful night. The more I watched this film, the more it reminded me of a classic "Adam-12" episode entitled "Elegy for a Pig". The only differences between that episode and the film were the fact that it was only a half an hour as opposed to two hours for this film and the fact that the only person in that episode to have a speaking role was Martin Milner as his character Pete Malloy described his and his best friend's career from the day he joined the force to the night his buddy was killed in the line of duty. The only negative that I found with this film is that it tended to slow down in certain areas, especially in the scenes involving Jack's home life with his worried wife Linda and their kids. This is a solid if not spectacular film where the action sequences take a backseat to the human drama of day to day life.
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