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Fires Within [VHS] (1991)

Jimmy Smits , Greta Scacchi , Gillian Armstrong  |  R |  VHS Tape
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jimmy Smits, Greta Scacchi, Vincent D'Onofrio, Luis Avalos, Bertila Damas
  • Directors: Gillian Armstrong
  • Writers: Cynthia Cidre
  • Producers: David Streit, Jim Bloom, Lauren Lloyd, Wallis Nicita
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • VHS Release Date: December 1, 1993
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302208831
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649,845 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

From the director of My Brilliant Career comes this "sizzling romance" (Los Angeles Times) featuring Jimmy Smits ("NYPD Blue"), Greta Scacchi (Jefferson in Paris) and Vincent D'Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket) in "a classic romantic triangle [with] emotional impact" (Variety). When her journalist husband Nestor (Smits) is imprisoned in Cuba for his politicalbeliefs, Isabel (Scacchi) flees the country with her daughter. Saved off the shores of Miami by a fisherman (D'Onofrio), she soon falls deeply in love with her rescuer. But just as she's on the vergeof building a life with him, Nestor unexpectedly appears, released from the torturous Cuban prison and determined to win his wife and daughter back. Torn between the passion of her present and the love of her past, Isabel must now choose which man will be her future

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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Love of Vincent, Watch this Movie. March 3, 2005
By merry
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
He is,as always,mesmerizing! The story is a standard soapy pot-boiler that borrows rather heavily in my opinion from "Casablanca". But Scacchi is no Bergman and Smits did not compel me to root for him, nor did I see in him the nobility I sensed from Victor Lazlo.

But D'Onofrio smolders! He suffers beautifully and when he crashes the party I thought of "Wuthering Heights". (What a Heathcliff that man would make!)

How could any woman turn him away?
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75 of 88 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Changing places April 27, 2002
By "fp"
Format:VHS Tape
I bought this video only because Vincent D'Onofrio is in it. I had previously purchased The Whole Wide World which is an amazingly wonderful,mostly unseen film of immense power and D'Onofrio's portrayal of Robert Howard in that film just blew me away. He has to be the most underrated actor in films!! He is also one of the most romantic film kissers ever!- He likes to do character roles and is superb in them as well but I wanted to see him in another romantic film and Fires Within looked interesting. He plays the lover, not the husband, and is so sexy and natural that Jimmy Smits pales by comparison. The ending is unbelievable and nearly spoils the movie for me, but I will probably see it over many times just because of D'Onofrio's performance.
However, see this movie! You won't be sorry. And don't miss The Whole Wide World. It is in my all-time top ten dramas. First,probably.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Both Stars are for D'Onofrio January 28, 2005
By Cyn
I too bought this on VHS for Vincent D'Onofrio. My only negative comment about his performance is that there's not enough of it! I'll say right here and now that I'm not a big fan of Smits or Scacchi, and D'Onofrio overpowers them every time he's on screen. It's a beautiful story, and I can see why director Gillian Armstrong was attracted to it - it is a love story with a bit of real-life depth (rather than those soapy ones where the ridiculous problems are created by the characters for lack of imagination - Julia Roberts films, anyone?). That being said, the two lead roles needed to be played by stronger actors, and ones that could keep up with D'Onofrio vivacity. Worth a look for fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fires within August 18, 2010
By Maru
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Movie story,not realistic,it did not potray the Cuban people escaping communism back in the 60's in a possitive way!!!However, I enjoyed the movie...It did have SOME good parts, that I was able to relate with! But I have to tell you, That I love Jimmy Smits!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs a Little More May 25, 2010
Okay so D'Onofrio is gone from Law and Order and I'm realizing I need a little bit more. I put his name in at movie sites and I see he's in movies that I've seen before and I can't remember him. (Don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing for him but since he is crowned the chameleon... I think it's because I didn't pay enough attention when it counted) I have noticed him in some movies and could tell I'd seen him before but it wasn't until Law and Order that I got familiar with his face.

So I watch this film and what I missed was the time spent with D'Onofrio's character and the mother and daughter. I would have liked to see some drama between the daughter and her birth father because frankly Sam raised her. I would have liked to see the mother bring Nestor home and set him up in his own place and still stay with Sam, and have Nestor woo her back from his home. I would have liked to see Nestor get involved with the gun runners albeit unknowingly. I would have liked to see the mother return to Nestor maybe without the daughter (although she's too young only 8) because the daughter refused to go. I would have liked to see Nestor get arrested again and ask Sam to take care of his family

I'm not surprised as to why Vincent made a permanent relationship with Greta. Girlfriend is hot. After I look at all of Vincent's movies, I'm going to watch all of hers.

I also wondered whether there might have been a real life fight over this woman on the set? Anybody know? I think Jimmy was married already.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great deal of restrained passion and pain August 31, 2013
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FIRES WITHIN's story line delved into a devasting period of history in both Cuba and South Florida during the Cuban exile of 1959-80. Many Cubans risked everything to float to Miami and excape political persecution during Castro's regime. It personalized history with a simple love triangle utilizing 3 beautiful and talented actors. Each actor was in the bloom of his/her younger years, and each very sexual and projecting a depth of feeling. There was a great deal of restrained passion and pain, but i wanted to see more character development and frankly more sexual heat. Much of the underlying story was suggested instead of shown, which is still a valid strategy for a good movie. However these actors are capable of much more than was asked, which felt like something was missing when it the story closed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Slice of Little Havana January 23, 2013
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I'll watch most anything with Greta Scacchi, and in this film she is a Cuban refugee on a raft rescued by a fishing boat, Her husband is a political prisoner of Castro, who is later released and comes to Miami to find his wife is in love with the man who rescued her. There is a lot of tension as they try to put their families back together, amidst the Cuban exile community of Little Havana.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Only good actors
The only thing good about the movie was the cast. Smits & Donofrio are my favorites...but the movie was boring.
Published 10 months ago by dkittykat
5.0 out of 5 stars intense
this is an intense movie about a woman who has 2 loves. this complicates life and makes for an amazing dramatic movie
Published 11 months ago by Abby Joan
4.0 out of 5 stars Fires Within shown on screen
D'Onofrio rescues & cares for Cuban boat refugee Greta Scacchi & her infant for 8years falling in love and planning to marry. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Leila Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Fires Within!
Nice little Indie Movie...great acting from the principals! The story line is a good one...the action is enough to keep one entertained throughout.
Published 22 months ago by Matti Kniva Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it just to lust after Vincent D'Onofrio
The two leads pale in comparison to D'Onofrios electrifying and utterly believable performance. The unbelievable part was that she dumped Vincent in a heartbeat after 8 years being... Read more
Published on March 4, 2012 by jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fires Within
This is a movie I had on VCR. I just wanted it on DVD. I love this movie.
Published on May 7, 2010 by Deanna
3.0 out of 5 stars a reverse propaganda film?
With blue eyes and near blond hair Greta Scacchi just doesn't seem very Cuban?
The film seems to be trying to get Cubans in Miami to not resist Castro? Read more
Published on January 17, 2010 by Roger Bagula
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