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Ablaze (2001)

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An oil refinery blows up, causing a firestorm that threatens a hospital and everyone inside.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Bradley ... Jack Thomas
... Wendell Mays
... Albert Denning
... Jennifer Lewis
... Elizabeth Sherman
... Stuart Ridgley
... Mayor Phillips
... Daniels
... Nurse Winslow
... Garrison
... Tim Vester
... Scott
... Curt Peters
Eric James Virgets ... Workman (as Eric-James Virgets)
... Chief Sam Davis
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Hoping to make a killing on the insurance money, oil refinery owner Wendell Mays decides to burn the place to the ground. His greed endangers the lives of the entire town as the fireball creates a spreading inferno threatens to engulf the entire city, and stretches the abilities of the fire department and the local hospital to their breaking points. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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"A firestorm of fiery action and scorching suspense!"

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Drama | Action | Thriller

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Rated R for fire disaster/action and for language | See all certifications »

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16 July 2002 (USA)  »

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Fuoco sulla città  »

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Trivia

The car chase scene at the beginning of the film was actually taken from the film Striking Distance (1993). See more »

Goofs

The address for the house fire is given as "1313 Mockingbird Lane" (which is actually the home address of The Munsters), but there is a large "16" on the front door, See more »

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Jack Thomas: [answers phone] Station 19!
Dispatcher Harris: Captain Thomas, house fire in your district Westside Park. 1313 Mockingbird Lane. Possibly a child trapped inside.
Jack Thomas: Alright, send two wagons as backup! We'll break in first, tell them to stay the hell out of our way! We're ready to spray.
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Edited from Emergency!: Fools (1974) See more »

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Beyond the pale... Godless
15 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

Although I have been a firefighter for 23 years, I make it a point to not be overly critical when the technical "advisors" drop the ball as they so often have (even on Backdraft and Ladder 49). However, the absolute disregard for any reasonable correctness in this abomination is unforgivable.

But the firefighting aspects aside, this movie to date stands alone as the worst that I have ever seen. Ever. I accept some of the blame for not ejecting the thing but it was like a train wreck. I could not look away.

As we all can attest, some movies by virtue of their awfulness can be fun. (i.e. Ed Wood's side-splitting "Plan-9 From Outer Space") This was not one of them. "Ablaze" is one of the many Hollywood debacles that must beg the question, "where do they get the money?".


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