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Fires of Kuwait (1992)

After Saddam Hussein had the Kuwait Oil wells lit up, teams from all over the world fought those fires for months. They had to save the oil resources, as well as reduce air pollution. The ... See full summary »

Director:

David Douglas

Star:

Rip Torn
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Rip Torn ... Narrator (voice)
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After Saddam Hussein had the Kuwait Oil wells lit up, teams from all over the world fought those fires for months. They had to save the oil resources, as well as reduce air pollution. The different teams developed different techniques of extinguishing the fires. From TNT-shockwaves blowing out the flames to Tank-mounted twin MIG-jet-engines (from Hungary) blasting away the flames (and nearly lifting the tank into the air), man's emergency creativity can be seen at it's best. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Documentary | Short

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The first IMAX film to be nominated for an Oscar (Best Documentary). See more »

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Narrator: When sanctions and negotiations failed, the United States led a 32 nation coalition against Iraq in Operation Desert Storm.
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Highly Entertaining, Highly Enjoyable, Highly Flammable
10 November 1999 | by c_nordbySee all my reviews

The neatest thing about this documentary was watching the fire crews come up with the many ingenious ways to battle the various oil well fires. I saw this film on an IMAX screen which certainly added it's own cinematic touch to the works. There's nothing quite like watching a 40 ft. pillar of flame shooting up in front of you. I've also seen the video version, and while it's not as visually stunning, it is still highly enjoyable.


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

9 June 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Flammenmeer von Kuwait See more »

Filming Locations:

Kuwait

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IMAX, Black Sun Films See more »
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Color

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1.44 : 1
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