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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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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24 May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Marea de fuego  »

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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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Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh would later appear together in The Hateful Eight (2015). See more »

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In the apartment fire, Stephen goes in to save a little boy. When there's an explosion, Brian falls back and his boots are all the way up, on another shot when he's on the floor his boots are folded down. 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 Soldier (1998) See more »

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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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Enjoyable Contemporary Cowboy Classic
22 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

This work features some great, entertaining and witty banter by Kurt Russell, the hot dog firefighter, willing to risk it all for the people of his city. Okay, maybe that was a little overstated, but it's still accurate.

I like this movie at least as well as the first couple of Lethal Weapon movies. When there's action, it's awesome; when there's witty repartee, it's witty; and when there's drama, it's dramatic. The performances here are top notch, and the plot is intriguing, holding your attention throughout.

Hats off to the Cowboys! Ron Howard's direction is inspired, the effects are awesome, and the performances are legendary.

I was nothing, if not entertained.

It rates an 8.8/10 from...

the Fiend :.


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