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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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Jim Wynorski (as Jay Andrews)

Writer:

Steve Latshaw
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Bradley John Bradley ... Jack Thomas
Tom Arnold ... Wendell Mays
Ice-T ... Albert Denning
Amanda Pays ... Jennifer Lewis
Cathy Lee Crosby ... Elizabeth Sherman
Pat Harrington Jr. ... Stuart Ridgley
Edward Albert ... Mayor Phillips
Michael Dudikoff ... Daniels
Mary Jo Catlett ... Nurse Winslow
Richard Biggs ... Garrison
Christian Oliver ... Tim Vester
Michael Trucco ... Scott
William Zabka ... Curt Peters
Eric James Virgets Eric James Virgets ... Workman (as Eric-James Virgets)
Michael Cavanaugh ... Chief Sam Davis
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

"A firestorm of fiery action and scorching suspense!"

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Drama | Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fuoco sulla città See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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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Beyond the pale... Godless
15 May 2005 | by albaitisSee 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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