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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)

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Jeb Stuart (story), Jeb Stuart (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Seagal ... Jack Taggart
Marg Helgenberger ... Sarah Kellogg
Stephen Lang ... Earl Kellogg
Brad Hunt ... Orin Hanner Jr.
Kris Kristofferson ... Orin Hanner Sr.
Harry Dean Stanton ... Cotton Harry
Levon Helm ... Reverend Bob Goodall
Mark Collie ... Hatch
Alex Harvey Alex Harvey ... Sims
Ed Bruce Ed Bruce ... Sheriff Lloyd
Amelia Neighbors Amelia Neighbors ... Edie Carr
Richard Masur ... Phil Pratt
Michael Krawic ... FBI Agent #2
Clay Jeter ... Walter Carr
Yvonne Pollard Yvonne Pollard ... Mrs. Carr
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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Marg Helgenberger visited several mines while on location to achieve a better understanding of her character. See more »

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In the scene in front of the doctor's office Taggert initially has hold of the hand of the cop in whose mouth he has placed the gun, in the next angle shot from behind the cop, Taggert is shown holding the cop's neck with his free hand and in the next scene he is again shown holding the cop by the hand 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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Desert Breeze
Written by Steven Seagal and Randy Scruggs
Arranged by Randy Scruggs and Steven Seagal
Produced by Randy Scruggs
Co-Produced by Steven Seagal
Performed by Randy Scruggs and Steven Seagal
(With Earl Scruggs and Jerry Douglas)
Randy Scruggs appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
Jerry Douglas appears courtesy of Sugar Hill Records
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I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it.
3 April 2002 | by billybrown41See all my reviews

All of the fun from a Steven Seagal film comes from watching the man. You know that when the bad guys are circling him, taunting him, telling him what they're about to do, you know that within less than a minute, everyone around him is going to be lying on the ground, moaning in pain, while he stands there smirking. Literally everything in his reach becomes a weapon and he NEVER kicks. Also, he ALWAYS comes out scratch free. His character will almost always be clad in leather, even when everyone else is walking around in Summer wear. Yep, he's a regular "Jack of all trades" in this one as he's an Enviornmental Protection Agent, a pilot, a carpenter, a martial artist, and a guitar player as well. It's so absurd, but yet SO satisfying, it's just the way action movies should be. No one else could pull it off and do it so well. Lotsa fun.

Steven Seagal plays basically the same character in every movie, and while they're always panned by the critics, his movies always please the audience that they were intended for. Fire Down Below is, in my opinion, the last of his really good movies. Everything else kinda went downhill from there. With Fire Down Below, he took his preachiness from On Deadly Ground, and toned it down a little. Also, he wasn't directing this time. But one thing I have to say is that I could've done without the sped up action sequences. There were a few times, throughout the movie, where I thought that I may have accidentally hit the fast forward button on my remote. But other than that, this movie does what action movies are supposed to do and doesn't pull any punches. I also enjoyed the Kentucky backdrop and it was kinda cool to see so many country musicians make cameos. Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt, Mark Collie, Kris Kristofferson, Levon Helm...they're all here, not too mention several others. My favorite character was "Cotton" played to perfection by one of my all time favorite character actors Harry Dean Stanton. His mountain-boy simplicity put a big ole smile on my face everytime he showed up and I love the guy in everything he's in.

Everyone in the movie seems to be having a great time and it's so hard to take anything seriously. All you can really do is sit back and have a good time. I hope that for his next film, that he ditches all the glossiness of "Exit Wounds" and goes back to the movies that made his audiences love him in the first place.


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