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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.


Jay Russell


Lewis Colick
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »





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


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A bond forged by fire is never broken. See more »


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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Did You Know?


Martin O'Malley: the then-Mayor of Baltimore plays himself. See more »


Much of the equipment (Big Ed flashlight, style of air-pack mask, etc) carried by Morrison (and other firefighters) in his "early years" as a firefighter was not available until more recent times (mid-'90s) See more »


Lenny Richter: Good confession now son... bless me father...
Jack Morrison: Bless me father for I have sinned. It's been seven years since my last confession
Lenny Richter: Seven years is a long time
Jack Morrison: Yes, father
Lenny Richter: All right, where do we start; theft, robbery, fraud, taxes?
Jack Morrison: Well, you know...
Lenny Richter: Taxes? Always taxes... How about sex? Impure thoughts?
Jack Morrison: Well yes, quite a bit
Lenny Richter: Try to cut back. Are you married?
Jack Morrison: No
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Hoy Hoy Hoy (Rockin' on Christmas Eve)
Written by Danny B. Harvey (as Danny Harvey) and Gary Twinn
Performed by Honeydippers
Courtesy of Cleopatra Records
By Arrangement with Media Creature Music
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User Reviews

A very honest depiction of the bravery and courage that is part of being a fire fighter
27 January 2007 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

I had no interest in seeing Ladder 49 when I heard about it, but my friend had it on DVD and told me that it was a very good film and that I should give it a shot. So, I figured what did I have to loose? Well, I just watched it and I have to admit that while it was very sad, it was so brutally honest and very well done on the truth's of being a fireman. We really don't give these men enough credit for all that they do for us, you know? Ladder 49 showed the pain and the courage that is part of being a fireman.

Jack Morrisan is a rookie fireman who has been through it all, he has witnessed and put out some of the most horrific fires. He's also lost his best friend and seen his friends badly injured. But he's also had the opportunity to meet his wife and had two beautiful children, while saving people's lives, and meeting some very wonderful people. But that may all come to an end when he's in a fatal situation involving being trapped in a burning building.

Everyone did a great job in this film and I really don't understand only a 6.5 rating, I thought it was an honest film with good intentions. After September 11th everyone was calling firemen and policemen their heroes, but I don't think anyone understood why, and this film showed us the utter horror but the courage it takes to be a fireman. The ending was really beautiful and I would recommend this film to anyone.


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Release Date:

1 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »


Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,088,204, 3 October 2004

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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