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Ladder 49 (2004)

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A firefighter, injured and trapped in a burning building, has flashbacks of his life as he drifts in and out of consciousness. Meanwhile, fellow firefighters led by the Chief attempt to rescue him.

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Jay Russell

Writer:

Lewis Colick
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Phoenix ... Jack Morrison
John Travolta ... Captain Mike Kennedy
Jacinda Barrett ... Linda Morrison
Robert Patrick ... Lenny Richter
Morris Chestnut ... Tommy Drake
Billy Burke ... Dennis Gauquin
Balthazar Getty ... Ray Gauquin
Tim Guinee ... Tony Corrigan
Kevin Chapman ... Frank Mckinny
Jay Hernandez ... Keith Perez
Kevin Daniels ... Don Miller
Steve Maye Steve Maye ... Pete Lamb
Robert Lewis ... Ed Reilly (as Robert Logan Lewis)
Brooke Hamlin ... Katie Morrison
Spencer Berglund Spencer Berglund ... Nicky Morrison
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Storyline

Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Deputy Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him.

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Their greatest challenge lies in rescuing one of their own See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense fire and rescue situations, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brigada 49 See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,088,204, 3 October 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$74,541,707, 25 February 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$102,332,848, 30 June 2005
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

At the beginning of the film, the Third Alarm assignment to the large warehouse fire was given the location of Newgate and Newkirk Streets, which is the exact location of that very building that was burning. See more »

Goofs

When Jack is on the rope holding the man at the city high-rise fire, you hear a news chopper saying that it is over the fire scene, but after Jack says that he will drop the man if he doesn't calm down, you can see the word "POLICE" on the bottom of the chopper. See more »

Quotes

Jack Morrison: Tell Linda I love her... That I've loved her from the second I saw her.
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Connections

Referenced in The Making of 'Ladder 49' (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Fire
Written by James 'Diamond' Williams (as James Williams), Clarence Satchell,
Leroy 'Sugarfoot' Bonner (as Leroy Bonner), Marshall E. Jones (as Marshall Jones), Ralph Middlebrooks, Marvin Pierce and Willie Beck (as William Beck)
Performed by Ohio Players
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Jack Webb Would Be Proud
2 October 2004 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This is a film that definitely looks at the day to day lives of firemen as it is primarily through the eyes of Jack Morrison. The film pretty much looks at how he starts off as a rookie, how he meets his wife and how his career progresses until that fateful night. The more I watched this film, the more it reminded me of a classic "Adam-12" episode entitled "Elegy for a Pig". The only differences between that episode and the film were the fact that it was only a half an hour as opposed to two hours for this film and the fact that the only person in that episode to have a speaking role was Martin Milner as his character Pete Malloy described his and his best friend's career from the day he joined the force to the night his buddy was killed in the line of duty. The only negative that I found with this film is that it tended to slow down in certain areas, especially in the scenes involving Jack's home life with his worried wife Linda and their kids. This is a solid if not spectacular film where the action sequences take a backseat to the human drama of day to day life.


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