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Fire Down Below (1997)

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Going undercover in rural Kentucky, an environmental agent tries to prove the dumping of toxic waste in the local coal mines by ruthless industrialists.

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Félix Enríquez Alcalá (as Felix Enriquez Alcalá)

Writers:

Jeb Stuart (story), Jeb Stuart (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Seagal ... Jack Taggert
Marg Helgenberger ... Sarah Kellogg
Stephen Lang ... Earl
Brad Hunt ... Orin, Jr.
Kris Kristofferson ... Orin, Sr.
Harry Dean Stanton ... Cotton
Levon Helm ... Rev. Goodall
Mark Collie ... Hatch
Alex Harvey Alex Harvey ... Sims
Ed Bruce Ed Bruce ... Lloyd
Amelia Neighbors Amelia Neighbors ... Edie
Richard Masur ... Pratt
Michael Krawic ... 2nd FBI Agent
Clay Jeter ... Walter
Yvonne Pollard Yvonne Pollard ... Mother
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Storyline

Environmental protection agent Jack Taggart is fighting big business types led by Orin Hanner who are dumping toxic waste somewhere in the Kentucky hills region. They also killed his fellow agent and are killing the nature of the region. Written by Anonymous

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One Man. One Secret. One Chance in Hell. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alerte sous la Terre See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,073,094, 7 September 1997

Gross USA:

$16,228,448

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,000,000, 9 November 1997
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Bruce Willis was attached as the lead, the screenplay by Jeb Staurt, was more a drama with detective elements. When Seagal came aboard after Willis departed, writer Phillip Morton was brought in to convert the material into an action film that incorporated the genre staples Seagal was famous for. See more »

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At the truckstop scene, Randy Travis' character's shotgun changes between a High Standard 8113, a Mossberg 500 and a Remington 870 all within the same scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank Elkins: I'm going to Kentucky to check on a case. When I'm back, we're gonna go hunting. Do some fishing. We'll get away from all this stuff.
Jack Taggert: I appreciate the friendship. Means a lot to me.
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Seagal is simply an authority figure with a heart of purest gold...
11 April 2004 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

Steven Seagal is one of those actors with a totally winning personality… He is simply an authority figure, a killing machine with a heart of purest gold… I can't help it; I like the guy.

In 'Fire Down Below,' he is an outsider posing as a church sponsored carpenter while he works for the Environmental Protection Agency to stop a greedy coal baron from dumping extremely large quantities of toxic wastes in abandoned coal mines… Those dangerous chemicals could destroy the drinking water for thousands of miles and kill a bunch of people around the hills… Seagal gallantly promised not to leave the small town until the poison from the air, the streams and the earth is taken out…

Many thugs (with snakes, sticks, guns, and big trucks) are hired by the uncaring mining magnate to get rid of our action hero but Seagal remains virtually untouched…

'Fire Down Below' highlights new environmental message but fails to come up with the expectations… First, Seagal's amorous interest with the sad country woman seems artificial, used in the film to grant the 'new visitor' easy access to statements he might need… Second, the motion picture lacks the best villain whose prowess could equals Seagal's... Steven's character never really faces much of a challenge… In fact, the fight scenes are too short and extremely fast and easy…

If you are a fan of country music and you want to see Seagal playing guitar and singing, and you like to explore sweeping vistas with glorious sunsets, don't miss this movie!


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