Backdraft

Backdraft

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Director: Ron Howard

Cast: Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro

     
 

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The sons of a Chicago fireman who gave his life in the performance of his duties, firefighting brothers Kurt Russell and William Baldwin carry their lifelong sibling rivalry into their work. Russell is convinced that Baldwin hasn't got what it takes to remain in the fire department. Baldwin is transferred to a "safe" assignment, assisting arson investigator Robert… See more details below

Overview

The sons of a Chicago fireman who gave his life in the performance of his duties, firefighting brothers Kurt Russell and William Baldwin carry their lifelong sibling rivalry into their work. Russell is convinced that Baldwin hasn't got what it takes to remain in the fire department. Baldwin is transferred to a "safe" assignment, assisting arson investigator Robert DeNiro, who is trying to make sense of a series of fires involving an oxygen-induced ball of fire called a backdraft. The investigation reveals a link between corrupt alderman J. T. Walsh and imprisoned pyromaniac Donald Sutherland. The trail of evidence leads Baldwin to suspect that his brother Russell, a much-decorated hero, may be the "inside" man setting up the arsons.

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Quite possibly one of the best films ever made about arson and firefighting, Backdraft has a throwback feel and pays homage to the disaster-thriller tradition. The well-spun script keeps the viewer glued as intriguing fire detective work unfolds, and benefits additionally from the blend of Ron Howard's use of pyrotechnic special effects with some superb acting, a combination which lends glamour to the already-romanticized world of firefighting. Although the anthropomorphisizing of fire is a bit heavy-handed and the sub-plots extraneous and far-flung, Backdraft's twisting narrative is tightly wrapped and makes for some good, nailbiting entertainment. Robert De Niro and Donald Sutherland give excellent performances in their respective roles as the fire chief sleuth and the depraved arsonist, and Kurt Russell and Billy Baldwin are also solid as firefighting sibling rivals. Despite its blockbuster appeal and budget, audiences responded lukewarmly to its somewhat far-fetched concept and the result was a lackluster showing at the box office.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2011
UPC:
0025192108044
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:17:00

Special Features

Ron Howard Introduction; Deleted Scenes; Igniting The Story; Bringing Together The Team; The Explosive Stunts; Creating The Villain: The Fire; Real-Life Firemen, Real-Life Stories

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kurt Russell Stephen McCaffrey
William Baldwin Brian McCaffrey
Robert De Niro Donald Rimgale
Donald Sutherland Ronald Bartel
Jennifer Jason Leigh Jennifer Vaitkus
Scott Glenn John Adcox
Rebecca de Mornay Helen McCaffrey
Jason Gedrick Tim Krizminski
J.T. Walsh Martin Swayzak
Tony Mockus Chief John Fitzgerald
Cedric Young Grindle
Jack McGee Schmidt
Mark Wheeler Pengelly
Clint Howard Ricco
Ryan Todd Brian, Age 7
John Duda Stephen, Age 12
Charles Burns Battalion Chief at Mannequin Fire
J.R. Byrnes 4th Paramedic
Kevin M. Casey Nightingale
Wanda Christine Mother at Tenement Fire
Tom Clark 1st Retirement Party Schmoozer
Anthony C. Ellis Grasping Child at Tenemant Fire
Neil J. Francis 1st Cop
Janet Hirshenson Actor
Peter C. Hobert Probie
Jane Jenkins Actor
Karel King 1st Swayzack Aide
Ilene Kwitney 2nd Reporter
Richard Lexsee Washington
Tony Mockus Jackson
W. Earl Brown 3rd Paramedic
Juan Ramirez Ray Santos
Beep Iams Sean McCaffrey
Robert Swan Willy-Bartender
Ron West Alan Seagrave
Kevin Crowley 1st Candidate
Carlos Sanz 2nd Candidate
Harry Hutchinson 3rd Candidate
David A.C. Saunders 4th Candidate
J.J. Chaback Woman Psychiatrist
Tim Grimm Man at Parole Board
David Crosby 70's Hippie
Mike Mangano Firetruck Driver
Rick Reardon 1st Paramedic
Leslie A. Ford 2nd Paramedic
Kathryn Jaeck Mannequin Fire Reporter
David Westgor Mannequin Fire Reporter
James Ritz Mannequin Fire Reporter
Joe Guastaferro Donald Cosgrove
Don Herion Repairman
Gregory Widen Engine Lieutenant
Andrew Lipschultz Man on Party Boat
Walter Williams Security Guard
Bob Krzeminski Captain
F. Pat Burns Battalion Chief at Tenement Fire
Zita Visockis Grandma Vaitkus
Razz Jenkins Photographer on Boat Party
Irma P. Hall 1st Nurse
Nydia Rodriguez Terracina 2nd Nurse
Hollis Resnik Sally
Don Rimgale Party Crony
Dennis Liddiard Party Brawler
David Luckenbach Security Officer
Andre Melchor 2nd Cop
Scott Baity 2nd Swayzack Aide
Gretchen Erickson Bar Patron
Joan Esposito Television Reporter
Bob Rice 1st Detective
Marcella de Tineo Nurse
Jane MacIver 2nd Retirement Party Schmoozer
Burton Stencel 3rd Retirement Party Schmoozer
Tony G. Chrisos 1st Politico
Cay de Vos 2nd Politico
Gregory Lundsgaard High Rise Fireman
Louise Woolf Falling Chair Lady
Ian A. Nevers Nervous Probie
Kelsey E. McMahon Child Rescued at 70's Fire
Fidel Moreno 70's Onlooker
Zan Heber 1st Reporter
Jane Alderman 4th Reporter
Kevin Petersen Doctor
Thomas A. Senderak 1st Fireman
Michael Allen Mark 2nd Fireman

Technical Credits
Ron Howard Director
Gary Baugh Set Decoration/Design
Albert Brenner Production Designer
Raffaella de Laurentiis Executive Producer
Steven E. de Souza Screenwriter
Larry de Waay Co-producer
Pen Densham Producer
Monica Devereux Choreography
William Fosser Set Decoration/Design
Harold L. Fuhrman Set Decoration/Design
Brian Grazer Executive Producer
Allen Hall Special Effects
Todd Hallowell Associate Producer
Daniel Hanley Editor
Michael Hill Editor
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
Mike Johnson Stunts
Garry Lewis Set Decoration/Design
Richard Barton Lewis Producer
Becky Mancuso Musical Direction/Supervision
Mikael Salomon Cinematographer,Special Effects
Walter Scott Stunts
Timothy R. Sexton Musical Direction/Supervision
Jodie Lynne Tillen Costumes/Costume Designer
John Watson Producer
Gregory Widen Screenwriter
Carol Wood Art Director
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Backdraft
1. Main Titles: Chicago 1971 [:23]
2. 20 Years Later [3:14]
3. The Brothers McCaffrey [2:00]
4. The First Day [:11]
5. The Retirement Party [8:02]
6. The Probie's Life [1:52]
7. Time to Move On [2:39]
8. Pest Control [3:11]
9. A New Kind of Arson [8:00]
10. The Next Victim [8:33]
11. The Essence of Fire [:52]
12. The Expert's Opinion [7:06]
13. The Path to a Killer [1:50]
14. Dancing with The Beast [3:48]
15. The Fireman's Farewell [:04]
16. Back on the Line (End Titles) [5:02]

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