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Fire Down Below (1997)

Steven Seagal , Kris Kristofferson , Félix Enríquez Alcalá  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steven Seagal, Kris Kristofferson, Marg Helgenberger, Stephen Lang, Brad Hunt
  • Directors: Félix Enríquez Alcalá
  • Writers: Jeb Stuart, Philip Morton
  • Producers: Steven Seagal, Jeb Stuart, Julius R. Nasso, Ronald G. Smith, William S. Gilmore
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 7, 1998
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304707622
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,068 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fire Down Below" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Eight theatrical trailers

Editorial Reviews

Here's a movie that only a Steven Seagal fan could love. It's not nearly as good as Under Siege (the movie destined to remain Seagal's high-water mark), but not any worse than Above the Law. This time ol' Steve is an agent of the Environmental Protection Agency who's busting heads in Kentucky. He's on good terms with the local yokels (including Marg Helgenberger and Harry Dean Stanton), but locks horns with a slimy mogul (Kris Kristofferson) who's using abandoned mines to dump toxic waste. Along with an ecological message, Seagal serves up several broken limbs, cracked skulls, and bloody noses, and he even finds time to do some guitar picking with country boys such as Travis Tritt and Randy Travis. Once you've heard Seagal crooning a country tune, you'll be eager to see him go back to whuppin' the bad guys. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

When the corrupt industrialists who are poisoning the hills of Kentucky's Appalachia region kill a federal environmental agent, fellow agent Steven Seagal goes undercover to clean things up and bring the bad guys to justice in this hard-hitting thriller. Kris Kristofferson, Marg Helgenberger, Harry Dean Stanton also star. 105 min. Standard and Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; theatrical trailers.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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Good story line, excellent casting, action but not brutal like some of Segal's other movies, good music, some comedy, and even a love story. What more could you ask for? Makes for a very relaxing evening. Our whole family enjoyed it right down to the six year old who has watched it several times. By the way, your first person on this site who gave a review did not see the picture as Steven Segal did not sing in it but did play the guitar and rather well. If you are going to accept reviews they should at least see the movie rather than trying to be funny at someone else's expense.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best January 9, 2007
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If you like Steven Segal, you will love this movie. He is fabulous in it, and slams the really evil bad guys in their faces, the way they deserve to be slammed. He is dashing, handsome, and very sensitive to the nice people in the town he is visiting. He is caring and tries to help them. He also is a gentleman, besides meting out his special type of punishment, the way we all just LOVE to see. I love this movie.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By morgoth
If you have seen all of segal's stuff and want something a little different, I think you will like this. Of course they have segal doing a lot of stuff that he wouldn't be possibly able to do, but it is still better than watching orlando bloom or somebody ripping guys apart.

The story like I said is actually pretty good and a touching story with an old man and segal working on a nice lady's stairs makes this superior to most martial arts type movies story-lines. Not that I would call this a real kungfu movie or nothing, it plays a little more like a REAL amrican version of a jackie chan style movie, just a lot more drama.

Good explosions, good car chase, and some quality stephen segal action. If you thought exit wounds was decent at all, you will like this.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie October 20, 2005
I have watched this movie three times. It has action, a very good plot, and humor. And believe it or not, it does get a little chilly in ol'kentuck, especially 1/4 mile below.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Steven Seagal is one of those actors with a totally winning personality... He is simply an authority figure, a killing machine with a heart of purest gold... I can't help it; I like the guy.

In 'Fire Down Below,' he is an outsider posing as a church sponsored carpenter while he works for the Environmental Protection Agency to stop a greedy coal baron from dumping extremely large quantities of toxic wastes in abandoned coal mines... Those dangerous chemicals could destroy the drinking water for thousands of miles and kill a bunch of people around the hills... Seagal gallantly promised not to leave the small town until the poison from the air, the streams and the earth is taken out...

Many thugs (with snakes, sticks, guns, and big trucks) are hired by the uncaring mining magnate to get rid of our action hero but Seagal remains virtually untouched...

'Fire Down Below' highlights new environmental message but fails to come up with the expectations... First, Seagal's amorous interest with the sad country woman seems artificial, used in the film to grant the 'new visitor' easy access to statements he might need... Second, the motion picture lacks the best villain whose prowess could equals Seagal's... Steven's character never really faces much of a challenge... In fact, the fight scenes are too short and extremely fast and easy...

If you are a fan of country music and you want to see Seagal playing guitar and singing, and you like to explore sweeping vistas with glorious sunsets, don't miss this movie!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On Deadly Ground Again March 20, 2005
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'Fire Down Below', or as I like to call it 'On Deadly Ground Again' because both films have identical plots, stars Lord Steven as an undercover EPA agent out to stop an evil country singer, Kris Kristofferson, from dumping toxic waste in Kentucky. Now, before I go any further, would anyone actually care and/or notice if evil country singers were dumping toxic waste in Kentucky? I think not. Most of those buck-toothed, barefoot hillbillies wouldn't even notice.

But I digress, The Lord goes undercover as, get this, a freaking carpenter to smoke out these so-called evildoers. Seagal fixes at least fifty hillbilly's porches throughout the movie. He hooks up with some long-in-the-tooth broad who killed her brother but he doesn't care because Steven likes killing people too, so its a match made in heaven. His Majesty is totally sweet here, he kills everbody, snaps approximately ninety wrists, kills Randy Travis(thank god) and wails on a guitar. Totally sweet.

Steven Seagal is awesome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a little penicillin might help! October 14, 2011
By Mantis
I find it strange that I have written reviews for martial arts flicks for a few years now and have never covered a film of Steven Seagal's. Which would make sense if I couldn't stand him and/or hated his films. Not the case at all. Not only do I enjoy all of his early films and even the occasional Direct-To-Video release (e.g. "Urban Justice") but I credit his Aikido skills with saving fight choreography in American films of the late-80s and early-90s! Before he came along I had little more to rent than a gaping-mouthed Van Damme utilizing slow-motion spin kicks that clearly missed dudes' faces by several inches. Mr. Seagal offered fast and brutal fights with interesting character-portrayals that have long been a parody of themselves but were fresh and unique at one time. I found myself rushing to the theater to catch any film of his from "Marked for Death" all the way through "Glimmer Man". It seemed wise to avoid them after that.

A flick or two before my hasty retreat, he starred in "Fire Down Below", the story of an EPA agent investigating the illegal dumping of toxic waste into old coal mines in rural Kentucky. He finds corruption at every turn but is always prepared. While his character is scarcely different than any other he'd played by this time, he seems strangely at home here. Showing a genuine care for the people he's been entrusted to help and a genuine dislike of the greedy scumbags willing to exploit them. Add to the obligatory beatdowns a sweet, well-edited truck chase, a love interest (Marg Helgenberger, tv's "C.S.I."), and Seagal jamming with some Bluegrass musicians and there's a little something for everyone!

The fisticuffs are mostly good but it was around this time that the filming of Seagal's fights started to sour.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Husband enjoys!!
Of course, Steven Seagal movies are great action movies. Great for my husband who enjoys old action movies. Must see!
Published 2 months ago by Robin H.
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of steven seagal
In my opinion this is the one of the best action movies he has made, it is a very good move.
Published 4 months ago by blake westerhold
4.0 out of 5 stars A kinder, gentler, but still firm Steven Seagal
As someone who has now become a minor collector of Seagal films, I have found this set of DVDs to be both an excellent bargain, and a really enjoyable viewing experience. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dr. Glenn W. Briggs
4.0 out of 5 stars Steven Seagal at his best.
Good action packed adventure. Typical Steven Seagal fare. He does need to learn how to waltz and change his low level monotone voice once and a while. just sayin.
Published 6 months ago by SlayerToo
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm from Ky...what more can I say
Loved this movie as it shows the area of Hazard, Ky like it really is. Of course, Segal plays a smooth, calm, dangerous man that seems to be a man on-the-road who does odd jobs and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars love
their was a fire down below as steven segal put out the fires in this high packed action flick i enjoyed it very much
Published 8 months ago by Seahorse
5.0 out of 5 stars David - Classic movie fan
Loved the movie. Am a Stephen Segal fan. I was born and raised in Kentucky and Harry Dean Stanton is person who is the brother of my Aunts' husband. Read more
Published 8 months ago by DAVID MCDANIEL
5.0 out of 5 stars Seagal's sense of humor
I just love Seagal's sense of humor. And of course I love that he plays the good guy kicking the bad guys' butts using beautiful martial arts.
Published 8 months ago by Enrique Ortiz
4.0 out of 5 stars seagal is great
i watch alot of seagal movies and so this is great having three movies on one disc much more space used
Published 9 months ago by lucy kesterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Pow Boom Bam
I have always enjoyed all the movies that Steven Seagal has ever did. He is a awesome actor, ihave always been a fan of martial arts.
Published 9 months ago by ckitaheart
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