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Ladder 49 (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 1 October 2004 (USA)
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 Deputy Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him.

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Everything they know. All that they love. Is what they risk every day. See more »

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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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1 October 2004 (USA)  »

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Brigada 49  »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$74,540,762 (USA) (18 February 2005)
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Jacinda Barrett (playing Linda Morrison, wife of the lead), is the daughter of a 33-year career firefighter. She has stated that the movie feels like it is about her real life. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Chief Kennedy: It's never an easy thing, saying goodbye to a brother firefighter, it's not. And this time, particularly is difficult for me because I watched Jack grow into a, well, into one of the finest firefighters I've ever known. He joined this department because he wanted to help people, who knows how many homes are still standing because Jack was there or how many lives were spared. He gave his life for that cause. We'll never forget you Jack. And we're better for having known you. But I make you this ...
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References Lethal Weapon (1987) See more »

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As I'm Leaving
Written and Performed by David Gray
Courtesy of IHT Records Limited, ATO Records, The RCA Records Label, a Unit of BMG Entertainment and Warner Strategic Marketing UK
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If you want to watch a film that rivals "backdraft" Watch this one!!!
1 June 2006 | by (Edinburgh (UK)) – See all my reviews

This film is easily one of my all time favourite movies. Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta make "Ladder 49" Unmissable. During the worst fire Jack Morrison has ever fought, he falls through the floor and is "busted up" pretty badly. As his mentor Mike tries to find a way to save him, Jack has Constant flashbacks,that tell us how Jack Morrison (Phoenix) started as a rookie fireman, and mentored by his good friend Mike (Travolta) he becomes the greatest fireman in Baltimore. The on-screen chemistry between Travolta and Phoenix, makes this movie one of the best fireman movies out there. If you are in need of a good movie, watch "Ladder 49" But just make sure you have the tissues at the ready!! (sniff)


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