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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John W. Creasy
... Lupita Ramos
... Lisa Ramos
... Paul Rayburn
... Samuel Ramos
... Miguel Manzano
... Jordan Kalfus
... Mariana Garcia Guerrero
... Daniel Sanchez
... Victor Fuentes
Gero Camilo ... Aurelio Sanchez
Mario Zaragoza ... Jorge Gonzalez
Charles Paraventi ... Jersey Boy
... Guardian Three
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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A Promise To Protect. A Vow To Avenge See more »


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

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23 April 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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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Trivia

Denzel Washington spoke to a lot of bodyguards to prepare for his role. See more »

Goofs

When Creasy holds his Glock pistol to Gonzales' head and tells him to drive, the pistol's trigger is in the rearward position, meaning the firing mechanism is not cocked, and there is no round in the chamber. Chambering a round in a Glock pistol cocks the firing mechanism, which puts the trigger in the forward position. It can be assumed that a former special operator and assassin like Creasy would ensure his pistol is loaded and has a round in the chamber before using it. See more »

Quotes

Pita: [while doing her homework in her room] What was your first girlfriends' name?
Creasy: Nonya.
Pita: Nonya who?
Creasy: Nonya business.
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Special thanks to Mexico City. A very special place. See more »

Connections

References Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) See more »

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Clair de Lune
Written by Claude Debussy
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Underrated and ignored, but a bit of a classic
4 February 2010 | by See 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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