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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.

Director:

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:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Director Uli Edel left the project early July 1996. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, Jack throws a flare towards one of the fake US Marshals who catches it just inches before it lands in a puddle of gasoline. Liquid gasoline is itself not flammable; but gasoline vapor is. Holding a flame inches away from such a large puddle of gasoline would ignite the vapors. 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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Mannish Boy
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One of Seagal's best action films
24 May 2003 | by stargirlrkSee all my reviews

This movie was pretty good. It is a lot better than Steven Seagal's more recent films, like Exit Wounds and Half Past Dead. I do not know why it had such a low user-rating, for it is excellent. Seagal plays EPA agent Jack Taggart, who moves to a small southern town to investigate allegations that a major business figure (Kristofferson) is dumping tons of toxic waste into a supposedly safe area. Seagal faces much hostility while he is there from Kristofferson's thugs, but he meets and falls in love with a young woman who was falsely accused of murdering her father. The murder was really done by her brother, who ends up in a dangerous confrontation with Seagal. This movie had expert action scenes and great filming of a southern/midwestern town. Kris Kristofferson had a very good role and he played it very well. This is probably Steven Seagal's best movie and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys action films. SEE THIS FILM. Feel free to email me with any questions or comments.


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