Man on Fire

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Overview

A man whose ideals have been shattered for the last time is out for violent justice in this thriller. Creasy Denzel Washington is a former United State intelligence agent-turned-mercenary who has seen too much of the violence and corruption in the world and has become jaded and withdrawn. Creasy is hired to act as a bodyguard for Lupita nicknamed "Pita", played by Dakota Fanning, a ten-year-old girl whose wealthy family a Mexican father and American mother currently lives in Mexico City, where kidnapping has ...
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Overview

A man whose ideals have been shattered for the last time is out for violent justice in this thriller. Creasy Denzel Washington is a former United State intelligence agent-turned-mercenary who has seen too much of the violence and corruption in the world and has become jaded and withdrawn. Creasy is hired to act as a bodyguard for Lupita nicknamed "Pita", played by Dakota Fanning, a ten-year-old girl whose wealthy family a Mexican father and American mother currently lives in Mexico City, where kidnapping has become a near epidemic. While watching over Pita, Creasy becomes fond of the girl, and finds himself regaining some of his faith in humanity. But things take an ugly turn when Pita is abducted by gunmen who shoot Creasy and leave him to die in the streets. Enraged beyond reason, Creasy recovers and sets out to find the men responsible for kidnapping Pita, no matter who he has to kill along the way. Man on Fire is based on a novel by A.J. Quinnell, which was previously filmed in 1987 with Scott Glenn as Creasy. Christopher Walken, Radha Mitchell, Giancarlo Giannini, and Mickey Rourke highlight the supporting cast for this remake.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Full-length audio commentary by director Tony Scott; Full-length audio commentary by co-star Dakota Fanning, producer Lucas Foster and screenwriter Brian Helgeland; "Vengeance Is Mine: Reinventing Man on Fire" documentary; Never-before-seen alternate ending with optional commentary by Tony Scott; 14 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Tony Scott; Multi-angle scene study (Pita's Abduction) with optional commentary by Tony Scott, director's storyboards and script excerpt; Still photo gallery; Music video: "Oye Como Va" by Kinky; Theatrical trailers and TV spots
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Denzel Washington is always good, so it’s no surprise to see him effortlessly dominating this taut, violent action film directed with panache by Tony Scott Top Gun, Enemy of the State. What is surprising is how skillfully child star Dakota Fanning plays off the veteran actor in their scenes together. Washington is John Creasy, a former Special Forces operative who reluctantly takes a job as bodyguard to Pita Ramos Fanning, the young daughter of a wealthy Mexican industrialist Marc Anthony and his stunningly beautiful Anglo wife Radha Mitchell. A sullen, morose individual with a drinking problem, Creasy gradually warms to Pita’s sunny disposition -- only to succumb to the dark side of his nature when the girl is kidnapped and presumed murdered. Washington is remarkably convincing as the avenging angel who relentlessly pursues anyone who had a hand in the child’s disappearance. Cold-blooded and ruthless, this character reveals qualities Denzel seldom exhibits on screen; his portrayal of Creasy rivals his Oscar-nominated turn as the crooked cop in Training Day. And Fanning is so adorable -- and so realistic -- that her sudden removal from center stage lends added urgency and apprehension to the story. Scott’s staging is designed to keep viewers on edge throughout; his camera darts every which way and many shots are cut so short that they barely register as flashes on the screen. Action sequences erupt quickly in short, staccato bursts. But the visual pyrotechnics are strictly secondary to the powerful performances of Washington and Fanning, one of the most unlikely -- but most effective -- screen teams in recent memory.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2005
  • UPC: 024543172628
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,223

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Denzel Washington John Creasy
Dakota Fanning Lupita Balletto
Christopher Walken Rayburn
Giancarlo Giannini Manzano
Radha Mitchell Rika Balletto
Marc Anthony Samuel
Rachel Ticotin Mariana
Mickey Rourke Jordan
Jésus Ochoa Fuentes
Angelina Pelaez Sister Anna
Gustavo Sánchez Parra Daniel Sanchez
Gero Camilo Aurelio Sanchez
Technical Credits
Tony Scott Director, Producer
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Cameron Cinematographer
Paul Cameron Cinematographer
Benjamin Fernandez Production Designer
Lucas Foster Producer
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Adrian Grunberg Art Director
Brian Helgeland Screenwriter
Conrad Hool Co-producer
Lance Hool Executive Producer
Arnon Milchan Producer
Hector Romero Art Director
Chris Seagers Production Designer
James W. Skotchdopole Executive Producer
Bonnie Timmermann Casting
Christian Wagner Editor
George Watters II Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Main Titles
2. On Impulse
3. Unprotected
4. Settling In
5. The Hand of God
6. New Toy
7. Failure to Fire
8. On Edge
9. No Fear
10. In Loco Parentis
11. The Piano Lesson
12. Outgunned
13. Police Assistance
14. Negotiations
15. The Drop
16. On the Road to Recovery
17. Lois Lane
18. The Quest Begins
19. Extracting Information
20. At the Rave
21. Bonfire
22. Masterpiece
23. Paging the President
24. The Truth
25. The Voice
26. A Life for a Life
27. Going Home
28. End Titles
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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc 1
   Play
   Language Selection
      English 5.1 DTS
      English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      French Dolby Surround
      Spanish Dolby Surround
      Commentary by Director Tony Scott
      Commentary by Producer Lucas Foster, Screenwriter Brian Helgeland and Actress Dakota Fanning
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Director Tony Scott: On
      Commentary by Director Tony Scott: Off
      Commentary by Producer Lucas Foster, Screenwriter Brian Helgeland and Actress Dakota Fanning: On
      Commentary by Producer Lucas Foster, Screenwriter Brian Helgeland and Actress Dakota Fanning: Off
Side #2 -- Disc 2
   Documentary
      Play All
      Twenty Year Odyssey - Project Development
      The Business of Kidnapping - Technical Advisors
      Caught in the Crossfire - Casting and Characterization
      City of God - On Location: Mexico
      Fire and Passion - Visual and Emotional Style
   Pita's Abduction
      Script Excerpt
      Tony Scott's Storyboards
      Multi-Angle Breakdown
         Select Initial Angle: Camera Angle 1
         Select Initial Angle: Camera Angle 2
         Select Initial Angle: Camera Angle 3
         Select Initial Angle: Cross-Process Camera
         Four-Angle Composite
         Commentary by Director Tony Scott: On
         Commentary by Director Tony Scott: Off
   Deleted Scenes
      Play All
      Play All With Commentary by Tony Scott
      Deleted Scene Index
         Lisa Asks for a Bodyguard
         Lisa and Samuel Have Sex
         Lisa Talks to Creasy/Creasy Meets Jordan Kalfus
         Pita Prays for a Dog
         Pita Asks Creasy About His Family
         Pita Asks Creasy About His Hand
         Creasy Saves Lisa at Assassination/Sex With Lisa/Aftermath
         Lisa Tells Samuel That Creasy Has to Go
         Samuel Plays Piano/Creasy Talks to Manzano/Lisa Prays
         Pita's Ghost Appears in Backyard
         Creasy Kills Kidnapper Sandri
         Jordan Kalfus Explains the Kidnapping of Pita
         Samuel Kills Jordan
         Creasy Talks to Marianna and Manzano
         Alternate End
         Play
         Play With Commentary by Tony Scott
   Photo Gallery
   Music Video
      Music Video: "Oye Como Va" by Kinky
   Trailers
      Play All
      Man on Fire Theatrical Trailer A
      Man on Fire Theatrical Trailer B
      Man on Fire Theatrical Trailer C
      Antwone Fisher
      Entrapment
      Men of Honor
      Transporter
      TV Spots
         Play All
         Meeting
         Time
         Fire
         Masterpiece
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    An awesome action/drama but this one, as said before, has a story line that is gripping. Lots of unexpected twists in the story line also. It is not your typical happy ending but it does end with a nice "hero" ending. Probably not a good movie choice for kids and young teens due to a little gore and action. Awesome performances by the actors and actresses. I love this movie so much that it does not get put back on the movie rack.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not your usual action movie

    this is not your usual action movie. it contains great action sequences, but the movie centers on emotion and the relationship between creasy and pita. it also has great camera work and cimetography that brings a realism to the film. there is no moment wasted and there are great performances by the cast, from the biggest to smallest roles. great job,Mr. Scott, for bringing us this masterpiece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    This movie is my favorite movie yet. It is so riveting and suspensful...leaving you on the edge of your seat. And at the end of the movie was so beautiful yet so sad. Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning are truley wonderous in this movie! 5 STARS ALL THE WAY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite action film.

    "Man on Fire" really surprised me. There was an actual story to it and character development, in addition to the violent action. I have to say that I am a big fan of Dakota Fanning, and in this film she gave probably the best performance of her career so far. She is so incredibly talented, and she's just so sweet, likable, funny, joyous, and moving all at the same time. I can't wait to see more of her films in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great movie!

    Mr. denzel washington is truly one of the best African american actors in the universe! he was absoluetly AMAZING in this movie! he was born to play Mr. Creasy!!!! Not to mention.... he would really make a GREAT body-guard in real life! Also, ms. dakota fanning, though so young, shows remarkable talent in this movie. she's so cute, and yet, amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!!

    There¿s nothing like a movie where a young child changes a man. Especially when there are explosives, knives, and mystery mixed in to create on hell of a movie. Being able to watch the transformation of an alcoholic body guard, to a caring yet dangerous man is truly incredible. I highly recommend that if you haven¿t seen this movie yet... you buy it as soon as possible. As long as a little gore and a lot of action doesn¿t make you cringe. This is the kind of movie that will keep you on your toes till the very end. WOW!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    what a fine thriller again with denzel.............

    i totally loved this film! again, denzel is truly a man on fire! great performances, great action make this a truly unique and dynamic entertainment piece. stunnung set pieces, a great rapport between denzel and ms, fanning are remarkable. great picture quality and the marvelous dts sound add up to one great dvd. do not miss this one-superb entertainment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    This movie is so raw, Denzel's performance is so riveting and so solid it leaves you stunned. Dakota is so good and brings her A game up against Denzel's already peak performance.I can't wait for this movie to ship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Man on Fire is a Must-See! More than a typical action film!

    Man on Fire is an extraordinary movie. Action-packed. While some may revel in its action, others may be put off by its gore and explicit violence. Ultimatley Man on Fire is more than an action picture. It's a story of character, integrity, human relationships and conditions. Creasy and Pita bond as family and individuals, bringing out the best in each other. When this relationship and humanity is violently disrupted, Creasy reacts with single-minded justice and intent, ultimatley leading to violent showdowns and effort towards his own personal redemption. Denzil Washington again demonstrates that he is one of the most talented actors of his generation;giving a nuanced, developed and layered performance. Fans of his won't want to miss it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic

    Denzel Washington never disappoints me. I own most of his movies. The action in this one will suit the lovers of action movies. Dakota Fanning and Denzel together will warm the coldest heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great! Great! Great! Action Movie...

    Denzel has the ability to switch, good guy, bad guy with ease. Dakota's acting superb. Great plot with unforseen results.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DAKOTA AND DENZEL ROCK!!!

    I'm a fan of Dakota Fanning's after Taken, but I wasn't a Denzel Washington fan until I saw this movie. This movie was SO AWESOME!!! The cast was spectacular. I loved the 'get revenge' plot. I really wish I could've changed the ending (won't tell you), but it was for the best of the film. I highly recommend this movie if you like Danzel or just love alot of blood that isn't a war movie or, for the girls, you'll absolutly love the relationship between Dakota & Denzel's characters. I'M DYING TO SEE IT AGAIN, but I, like everyone else, will have to wait. *tear*

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