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Ladder 49 (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 1 October 2004 (USA)
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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

The fire starts this fall. 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 »

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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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Trivia

The scene in which John Travolta talks to Joaquin Phoenix while drinking liquor was improvised by Travolta. The scene originally had Mike Kennedy talking straight to Jack Morrison, but Travolta thought it would be funny to start drinking right in the middle of it. 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

Lenny Richter: I'm getting too old for this shit.
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Connections

Referenced in No Reservations (2007) 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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Good film
3 November 2004 | by mm-39See all my reviews

While eating Taco chips at my parents house, I began thinking about this film. I thought this film will be more Hollywood schlop.

I am very happy to be mistaken. This film gave me a feel of what the fire fighter experience is like. I can not say for sure, for my idea of putting a fire out is the flaming aluminum foil at the family barbecue. This film had romance, fear, joy, and comaradary all rapped in one. Well paced directing, and even better acting. I wish John Taverlota would pick better films, like this one, more often ; what a great actor. Watch in the cheap theaters, for it is gone on the big ones, before the film hits DVD. 7 or 8 pot of 10. I like John T as the drunk chief.


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