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Firestorm [VHS] (1998)

Howie Long , Scott Glenn , Dean Semler  |  R |  VHS Tape
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Howie Long, Scott Glenn, William Forsythe, Suzy Amis, Christianne Hirt
  • Directors: Dean Semler
  • Writers: Chris Soth
  • Producers: Doug Metzger, Jeph Loeb, Louise Rosner, Matthew Weisman, Thomas M. Hammel
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: May 25, 1999
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304926413
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,629 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

The heat is on and time is running out! Howie Long, Hollywood's hottest new action hero. stars with Scott Glenn, William Forsythe and Suzy Amis in a searing, pulse-pounding, edge-of-your-seat adventure! "The match is lit." These chilling words spark a deadly chain if events when a prison break pits fearless smokejumper Jesse Graves (Long) against two devastating, seemingly unstoppable forces of nature: a raging inferno and a cunning, psychotic killer. Packed with spectacular stunts, scorching suspense and a cast that'll blow you away.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dumb, brainless action but fun in a way July 31, 2000
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This movie only lasts for barely 89 minutes. This makes me wonder if anything was cut out of the movie in the editing room. I think there was when I watch the film. It could have been so much more. What's left is a very brief and entertaining movie about a prison break. With very little Firestorm.

Many people have said that Howie Long's performance in this film is quite poor. I think that he did a fine job. I can honestly say his performance is totally adequate. William Forsythe is quite a decent villain too. Neither hammy nor campy. I'm glad he was in the movie.

But I'm not glad the film was a flop. It would have been a big hit if it was longer and had more plot. You can't call a film FIRESTORM and have only a few seconds worth of fire in it. I don't know what has been cut from this film but it has damaged it severely. Chris Soth is the only person credited with writing this film but rumor has it that Graeme Yost actually wrote the first draft but used his affiliation with the of the WGA to take if off after they hashed his script around too much.

Although it is bare-boned and anorexic it is still a cool film to watch.

It really would benefit from a Blu Ray release though.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
As a real-life wildland firefighter I am here to tell you that this movie is perfection and grace. The writers themselves must have eaten smoke in some former life. Indeed they nailed every aspect of wildland firefighting. From DOC crews who are chained to their bus while traveling to the fire and released with a potential deadly weapon in a camouflage ridden forest---to Howie's masterful portrayal of a smokejumper with a heart and the childlike demeanor of an alcoholic scoutmaster, this film is pure gold. If one flaw should be cited, it is, that the incendiary, helicopter launched, ping pong ball machine failed to explode with enough devastating force! Firefighters know that ping pong balls do not make a grenade sized explosions, but one more akin to a bunker buster launched from an F16. The chainsaw scene took my breath away, Howie's acting was certainly slighted by a lack of an academy nomination. The fire at the movie's end was the first true-to-life portrayal of a wildland fire since the Lions Gate film 'Superfire'. It is comforting to know that someone realizes wildland fires travel at speeds exceeding 125 miles per hour and rip mature pine trees out by their roots hurling them a quarter mile or more. Thank you Howie, you're the man!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ENTERTAINMENT - A MACHO MOVIE - GREAT SUBJECT February 3, 2005
A macho movie -- just means that the guys are out there doing their job with a few nuts thrown in.

I am always looking for Scott Glenn's movies and enjoy the few that I have.

I have always had the greatest respect for paratroopers covering any job. I can't imagine a job much more dangerous. You got to admire these guys.

Loved the movie and all the color - the terrain - the characters - and hey, how about that heliocopter pilot. Wow! look at that long hair.

Would love to have had a feature on the making of the movie.

Oh, and Howie Long still looks better that the baby faced actors being used today.

Well worth seeing - will be added to my collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HEROIC HOWIE March 5, 2004
Sports stars turned actors have never been serious threats at the Academy awards, and big Howie Long is certainly no exception. However, with his buff bod, icy blue eyes and a hint of malevolent humor, he acquits himself quite nicely in this blazing adventure. He plays the news fire chief of the Smoke Jumpers when buddy Scott Glenn is injured in a frightening opening rescue scene. The pyrotechnics in this movie are awesome and heat up the screen (ha ha). Suzy Amis is fun as the ornithologist who just happens to walk into the thick of things; William Forsythe is painfully effective as the cold-hearted killer who offs his prison escapee buddies so he can get all of his 37,000,000 dollars! There are some mind-blowing fire scenes and the firestorm itself is awesome.
A great kickbutt type of movie, and Howie's the man!!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smoke Jumpers November 13, 2002
I never understood why Howie Long doesn't make more like this. I think he did a fine job. Good perfomances by Scott Glen and William Forsythe as well. Forsythe has bad guys down to an art. If you liked action films like "Cliffhanger" with Sylvester Stallone, "Diehard" with Bruce Willis, "The Fugitive" with Harrison Ford, or "Shoot to Kill" with Tom Berenger you should like this. This is as good as many I have seen by these actors. While fighting a fire a group of convicts escape and Howie must stop them from kidnapping his friends. I would say give the critics the axe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been MUCH better... March 20, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I take a screenwriting class taught by the man who wrote this script. If only you all could read the version of this film he wrote before the studios got their cheap, dirty little hands on it. I wish I could tell you the differences without putting all his ideas out there to be stolen (yes, stolen, they were that good). I'm so sorry the original scripted version of this fell through the cracks.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How can you not like Howie! February 3, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I enjoyed this action movie and especially after having seen Howie in Broken Arrow (not enough and a bad guy). He shows off his acting ability in Firestorm and once again there's also the action. I plan to add it to my home collection when the price drops!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Great story line, lots of action, Howie Long as you've never seen him, He's really is a good actor. This is a great addition to any collection.
Published 1 month ago by A. Rich, TN
5.0 out of 5 stars fantatic
Have always liked this movie. It has action and makes appoint about morals. Howie Long was a great football player, but I like him as an actor.
Published 3 months ago by Roberta Spindler
5.0 out of 5 stars WideScreen Verison Finally!!!
I love this movie and the way that Anchor Bay does it again. I have always loved FOX but the at least use ANAMORPHIC Widescreen.
Published 5 months ago by LG User
5.0 out of 5 stars Howie acts in this the best and well done.
We love this as one of our disaster movies.
Good show about good and bad people.
We had a tape of it and now a DVD..
Published 8 months ago by Martin H. Eastburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Firestorm
Fire storm is a movie I liked the fire seanes and I like the cast and it's something I would look at again. It came to me in good condition and I told my friends to go to amazon. Read more
Published 12 months ago by movie lover
4.0 out of 5 stars OK movie
This is a pretty good movie. I have seen bits and pieces of it on TV, but never the whole thing, and this is why I bought it.
Published 13 months ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars fire storm.
fire storm. I live where they filmed it and it means alot to me and that my father in law was a fireman
Published 14 months ago by dianabeld
5.0 out of 5 stars Firestorm
I received the product on time and it was in great shape, as advertised. I am very happy with this product and the service. Read more
Published on January 19, 2012 by Mary Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Firestorm
This a great story about Smoke Jumpers who fight the wildfires it is very well done I think it ranks up there with Red skies of Montana 1951 with Richard Whidmark.
Published on May 21, 2011 by Railroad man
3.0 out of 5 stars Olsen, Karas, Dryer, and then Howie Long . . .
Although a commercial flop, Firestorm (1998) is moderately entertaining, and features ex-football player Howie Long's first, and possibly last appearance, as the lead in an action... Read more
Published on July 17, 2010 by trebe
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