Backdraft

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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 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 ...
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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 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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Special Features

Ron Howard introduction; Deleted scenes; Igniting the story: director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer, and others discuss the evolution of the film from script to screen; Bringing together the team: from the casting room to firefighter clinics, see how director Ron Howard brought together a talented team of actors and real-life firefighters; The explosive stunts: filmmakers reveal the state-of-the-art technology and heroic stunts that created the explosive action of the film; Creating the villian - the fire: see how an overwhelmingly talented team of special effects creators and stunt coordinators worked together to bring the fire to life; Real-life firemen, real-life stories: get an insider's perspective on what it takes to be a firefighter in this round-table discussion with the crew of Station 73, Santa Clarita
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2006
  • UPC: 025192778421
  • Original Release: 1991
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Español, Français
  • Time: 2:18:00
  • Format: HD-DVD

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 deMornay Helen McCaffrey
Jason Gedrick Tim Krizminski
J.T. Walsh Martin Swayzak
Tony Mockus Sr. 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
Jane Alderman 4th Reporter
Scott Baity 2nd Swayzack Aide
W. Earl Brown 3rd Paramedic
Charles Burns Jr. Battalion Chief at Mannequin Fire
F. Pat Burns Battalion Chief at Tenement Fire
J.R. Byrnes 4th Paramedic
Kevin M. Casey Nightingale
J.J. Chaback Woman Psychiatrist
Tony G. Chrisos 1st Politico
Wanda Christine Mother at Tenement Fire
Tom Clark 1st Retirement Party Schmoozer
David Crosby 70's Hippie
Kevin Crowley 1st Candidate
Marcella de Tineo Nurse
Cay de Vos 2nd Politico
Anthony C. Ellis Jr. Grasping Child at Tenemant Fire
Gretchen Erickson Bar Patron
Joan Esposito Television Reporter
Leslie A. Ford 2nd Paramedic
Neil J. Francis Jr. 1st Cop
Tim Grimm Man at Parole Board
Joe Guastaferro Donald Cosgrove
Irma P. Hall 1st Nurse
Zan Heber 1st Reporter
Don Herion Repairman
Janet Hirshenson
Peter C. Hobert Jr. Probie
Harry Hutchinson 3rd Candidate
Beep Iams Sean McCaffrey
Kathryn Jaeck Mannequin Fire Reporter
Razz Jenkins Photographer on Boat Party
Jane Jenkins
Karel King 1st Swayzack Aide
Bob Krzeminski Captain
Ilene Kwitney 2nd Reporter
Richard Lexsee Washington
Dennis Liddiard Party Brawler
Andrew Lipschultz Man on Party Boat
David Luckenbach Security Officer
Gregory Lundsgaard High Rise Fireman
Jane MacIver 2nd Retirement Party Schmoozer
Mike Mangano Firetruck Driver
Michael Allen Mark 2nd Fireman
Kelsey E. McMahon Child Rescued at 70's Fire
Andre Melchor 2nd Cop
Tony Mockus Jr. Jackson
Fidel Moreno 70's Onlooker
Ian A. Nevers Nervous Probie
Kevin Petersen Doctor
Juan Ramirez Ray Santos
Rick Reardon 1st Paramedic
Hollis Resnik Sally
Bob Rice 1st Detective
Don Rimgale Party Crony
James Ritz Mannequin Fire Reporter
Carlos Sanz 2nd Candidate
David A.C. Saunders 4th Candidate
Thomas A. Senderak 1st Fireman
Burton Stencel 3rd Retirement Party Schmoozer
Robert Swan Willy-Bartender
Nydia Rodriguez Terracina 2nd Nurse
Zita Visockis Grandma Vaitkus
Ron West Alan Seagrave
David Westgor Mannequin Fire Reporter
Gregory Widen Engine Lieutenant
Walter Williams Security Guard
Louise Woolf Falling Chair Lady
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, Production Designer, Production Manager
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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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    Movie really brings home the jobs of the fire departments in our country. A must see movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Animal

    Coming from a line of fireman, I absolutely love this film and Donald Sutherland's portrayal as a pyromaniac--right on target! Firefighters are some of the toughest of this society and the most incorruptable (same thing can't be said about the police or politicans, who the latter are criminals in my book). A great tribute to these fine young men and women, especially in the light of 9/11.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good but not realistic

    It is an exciting movie with a suspenseful plot and all that but if you're looking for a ''glimpse into the life of a real firefighting squad,'' this is not the movie for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Movie Is On Fire!

    I would have to give the movie Backdraft a perfect 10! It gives a realistic glimpse into the life of a real firefighting squad. It magically mixes mystery, honor, bravery, and love into one exceptionally produced and directed 135-minute movie. Kurt Russell, Robert DeNiro, and William Baldwin are three actors who did tremendous jobs in filling the personalities of their characters. Kurt and William play two feuding brothers who work in the same fire department. William later quits and becomes Robert¿s sidekick in investigating a series of arson fires. Overall, this is a really exceptional movie and I would recommend this movie to anyone whether they are into dramas, comedies, or horrors.

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