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Man on Fire (2004)

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In Mexico City, a former assassin swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.

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Tony Scott

Writers:

A.J. Quinnell (novel), Brian Helgeland (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... John W. Creasy
Dakota Fanning ... Lupita Ramos
Radha Mitchell ... Lisa Ramos
Christopher Walken ... Paul Rayburn
Marc Anthony ... Samuel Ramos
Giancarlo Giannini ... Miguel Manzano
Mickey Rourke ... Jordan Kalfus
Rachel Ticotin ... Mariana Garcia Guerrero
Roberto Sosa ... Daniel Sanchez
Jesús Ochoa ... Victor Fuentes
Gero Camilo Gero Camilo ... Aurelio Sanchez
Mario Zaragoza Mario Zaragoza ... Jorge Gonzalez
Charles Paraventi Charles Paraventi ... Jersey Boy
Carmen Salinas ... Guardian Three
Esteban De La Trinidad Esteban De La Trinidad ... Guardian Two
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Storyline

Hard drinking, burnt out ex CIA operative John Creasy has given up on life until he's hired as a bodyguard to protect nine year old Pita Ramos. Bit by bit, Creasy begins to reclaim some of his soul, but when pita is kidnapped, Creasy's fiery rage is finally released and he will stop at nothing to save her as he sets out on a dangerous, revenge fuelled rescue mission. Written by Freddie Bidwell

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No such thing as though. There's trained and there's untrained. Now, which one are you? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and strong violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | UK | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hombre en llamas See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,751,490, 25 April 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$77,911,774

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$130,293,714
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Denzel Washington was so impressed with Dakota Fanning's acting that he'd watch her, and forget he was in the scene. See more »

Goofs

The first day Creasy drops Pita off at school, he is told to come in. He is wearing a tan shirt and tie, but when he returns to the car he is wearing the black tee from the next day's ride that mom rode on. See more »

Quotes

Pita: [while driving her to school] Where are you from, Creasy?
Creasy: The United States.
Pita: I know, but which state?
Creasy: No state in particular.
Pita: My mom and me are from Houston, Texas. Have you been there?
Creasy: No.
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Daniel Paredes ... Son of a driver See more »

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European (PAL) version of the DVD lack the stylized subtitles found through the movie, except for a few in the beginning. Those subtitles are found in the form of regular DVD subtitles. See more »

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Underrated and ignored, but a bit of a classic
4 February 2010 | by bt-wells99-1See all my reviews

Tony Scott can make good films and bad, personally I think he can be a bit flashy and trashy and his work obviously suffers in comparison with that of his rather famous brother, but this is quite possibly his best film.

What makes this film so great is that Scott gives Denzel (on scorching form, better than Training Day) and the revelation who is Dakota Fanning time to develop a relationship of real warmth and tenderness. The set up is absolutely NOT boring, although it takes time - it is involving, and takes us on a little journey into the characters - including a superb role for Radha Mitchell as the mother. This all serves to make the action so much more effective, as we are so invested in the characters, for all their all too obvious weaknesses. This film has you on the edge for its entirety, and doesn't cop out at the end either.

The film would of course be nothing without Washington. I often wonder why he seems to get so many duff roles, when he quite clearly is as good as almost any leading man out there (I can only really think of one, Daniel Day Lewis, who has more on-screen power these days). This film should have been huge, given his status and the strength of his performance, and the quality of the film. It just goes to show you that if a studio doesn't back a film to the hilt, it ends up going straight to video. I wish I'd got the chance to see this on the big screen.


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