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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

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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Most of the footage of the action scenes at the refinery, and the fire scenes leaving the hospital, are from the 1979 movie City on Fire. You can spot the difference between the 70's and 2000's era. See more »

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The fire trucks in the film change from older brands that are now out of business to present day current brands. See more »

Quotes

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 Striking Distance (1993) See more »

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Someone set the script on fire
3 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

Absolutely terrible. How can abominations like this ever be made? A decent premise (city put in danger by big corporation, heroically saved by firefighters), but an absolute cliche ridden script of the worst order, hammy acting by a cast who don't seem to know whether to play it for laughs, and very cheap and repetitive special effects. Must have been a stuntmans hog heaven, because we get to see lots of people wandering around on fire and falling from buildings for no good reason. Ice-T, despite taking second billing, appears only for about a minute at the start and a minute at the end. Tom Arnold picks up his cheque by sleepwalking through his role, and the rest of the cast must have been desperate for work and are desperately under rehearsed or just unfamiliar with the script.

You know something is badly wrong when in the intro scene, a man sets on fire by the side of an extremely large lake, yet prefers to wander around going 'argh, argh' rather than THROWING HIMSELF IN THE LAKE! The final climactic scene is frankly laughable - not even 'good in a bad way' as people make mistakes that they simply wouldn't do in real life (walking around slowly and having a look at the pretty fires rather than running like hell). Do yourself a favour and avoid this turkey.


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