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Fire Down Below (1997)

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Going undercover in rural Kentucky, a environmental agents 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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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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Columbia Pictures first optioned the screenplay in early 1990. See more »

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When the tractor trailer goes over the cliff after hitting the pickup truck, you see the power unit break apart and the cab shell falling. The next scene shows the power unit intact, hitting the cliff face and breaking apart again. 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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References Duel (1971) See more »

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Pass It On Down
Written by Teddy Gentry, Randy Owen, Will Robinson and Ronnie Rogers
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Enjoyable
28 January 2003 | by henry-girlingSee all my reviews

I have watched this several times and always find it enjoyable. There is a gallery of good actors in support like Harry Dean Stanton and Kris Kristofferson. Special mention should be made of Stephen Lang who although playing a murderous character does make one feel sorry for him. Also Marg Helgenberger gives a touching portrayal of Sarah Kellogg, ready to bloom after years of repression.

The photography of the landscape is beautiful and contrasts with the story about its despoliation by illegal dumping of chemicals. This film is more about character and story. The fight scenes themselves are quite brief.

Which brings us to Steven Seagal. His bland acting style works strangely enough in complement with the other stronger actors.He does the combat OK. He does preach (like in his more recent films) but hey, what's wrong with looking after the environment? This film is under rated and deserves another look.


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