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Backdraft (1991)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 24 May 1991 (USA)
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Two Chicago firefighter brothers, who don't get along, have to work together while a dangerous arsonist is on the loose.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Stephen McCaffrey / Dennis McCaffrey
... Brian McCaffrey
... Donald Rimgale
... Ronald Bartel
... Jennifer Vaitkus
... John Adcox
... Helen McCaffrey
... Tim Krizminski
... Marty Swayzak
Anthony Mockus Sr. ... Chief John Fitzgerald (as Tony Mockus Sr.)
Cedric Young ... Grindle
Juan Ramírez ... Ray Santos
Kevin Casey ... Nightingale
... Schmidt
... Pengelly
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Storyline

A rookie firefighter tries to earn the respect of his older brother and other firefighters while taking part in an investigation of a string of arson/murders. This detailed look into the duties and private lives of firemen naturally features widespread pyrotechnics and special effects. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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In that instant it can create a hero... or cover a secret. See more »


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Rated R for language and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Marea de fuego  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,723,480, 26 May 1991

Gross USA:

$77,868,585

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,368,585
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the extras in the film were real Chicago firefighters. A casting call was put out in a Department memo prior to the start of shooting. In addition, many suburban firemen participated in the funeral procession. See more »

Goofs

Just as the department goes to a call when the hippies are around, you can see the overhead light-bar on while the fire bell rings. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Brian, Age 7: Leave me alone! Will you? You think you're so smart!
Stephen, Age 12: What a geek!
Brian, Age 7: I'm not a geek!
Stephen, Age 12: You're doing it wrong.
Brian, Age 7: Shut up!
Stephen, Age 12: You're doing it wrong. it doesn't go like that.
Brian, Age 7: Who asked you?
Stephen, Age 12: Who's your brother?
Brian, Age 7: You are, Stevie.
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Referenced in Criminal Minds: Compulsion (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

I Walk Alone
Written by David Hidalgo and Louie Perez (as Louis Perez)
Performed by Los Lobos
Courtesy of Slash Records/Warner Bros. Records INC.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Fire. A living, breathing animal.
9 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

When you watch this movie, you'll never look at fire the same way again. In 'Backdraft', fire is portrayed as a vicious animal that breathes and devours. The story revolves around an arson investigation in the city of Chicago where a sibling rivalry is flaring as well between Brian and Stephen McCaffrey. You'll be blown away by Industrial Light & Magic's special effects and Hans Zimmer's dramatic score. Ron Howard put together an incredible, thrill-ride movie with action, drama and romance all rolled in. Do not miss this movie and don't turn your back on a fire, it knows when to strike.


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