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Man on Fire (2004)

Denzel Washington , Christopher Walken , Tony Scott  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (519 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken, Dakota Fanning, Marc Anthony, Radha Mitchell
  • Directors: Tony Scott
  • Writers: A.J. Quinnell, Brian Helgeland
  • Producers: Arnon Milchan, Lucas Foster, Lance Hool, James W. Skotchdopole, Conrad Hool
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (519 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JN0W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,793 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Man on Fire" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by producer Lucas Foster, screenwriter Brian Helgeland and actor Dakota Fanning
  • Action Themed Trailer
  • Inside Look: Hide & Seek Teaser with introduction
  • Taxi Trailer and Behind the Scenes Featurette

  • Editorial Reviews

    Hard-drinking, burnt-out ex-CIA operative John Creasy (Washington) has given up on life--until his friend Rayburn (Oscar winner Christopher Walken) gets him a job as a bodyguard to nine-year-old Pita Ramos (Dakota Fanning). Bit by bit, Creasy begins to reclaim his soul, but when Pita is kidnapped, Creasy unleashes a firestorm of apocalyptic vengeance against everyone responsible.

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    216 of 230 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars "Last wish? I wish... you had... more time!" (4.5 stars) September 22, 2004
    Format:DVD
    "Man On Fire" is an intense action thriller that takes you through hell and back. This is not a "happy" movie, and it's not pretty. It's extremely violent at times and the storyline is a reflection of a parent's worst nightmare--the kidnapping and possible murder of their child. While it can be over-stylish at times with fancy editing and camera work, it proves to be a more than effective thriller.

    John Creasy used to work for the CIA, but now he's an alcoholic who doesn't think there's much to live for. This is due to the terrible things he has done in his line of work (we never know exactly what he did, but there are more than enough hints). Starting a new life in Mexico, his best friend finds him a job as a bodyguard to a nine-year-old girl since the family is worried about all of the kidnappings that have taken place in Mexico. The girl, Pita, takes a liking to Creasy right away, but he doesn't allow her in and treats her as nothing more than a job. Amazingly, he starts to get attached to Pita and finds a new reason to live. Not only is he her bodyguard, but he is almost like a second father to her.

    Things drastically change when Pita gets kidnapped. Creasy does his best to take out the kidnappers when it happens, but is outnumbered and has been shot multiple times. While recovering in the hospital, he learns that the ransom for little Pita has gone sour and that her captors have most likely executed her. This sets off a rage inside Creasy like he has never experienced before. He checks himself out of the hospital and wages his own war against everybody who was involved in the kidnapping/murder of Pita. And he vows to kill every single one of them.

    Tony Scott directs this intense and emotional thriller.
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    45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    By Kali
    Format:DVD
    This is a dark, clever and very surreal kind of movie. I wasn't sure what to expect when I got the chance to see a preview of it at a UK movie theatre this week.

    It starts off as it means to go on, with the kidnapping of a teenage boy, his torture by his kidnappers, the payment of the ransom by his family and his release, a broken shell of the happy go lucky youth he used to be.

    It is after this introduction we meet Creasy, played to perfection by the actor Denzel Washington. He is the tormented killer-come-bodyguard who is slowly drinking himself to death, a man who has forgotten how to live for as his friend Rayburn, the glorious Christopher Walken points out to a Police Officer, "Creasy is a man who has made an art out of killing..."

    Dakota Fanning gives an excellent performance as Pita, the half Mexican, half American child who gets under Creasy's skin and into his heart and teaches him that it is okay to care and love another person.

    When Pita is kidnapped and then murdered (or so Creasy thinks), a rage is born inside of Creasy that will only be quenched by the total annihilation of all those involved in her abduction.

    With the help of a crusading reporter Mariana, the wonderful Rachel Ticotin and the cynical Manzano, a delicious Giancarlo Giannini, Creasy sets about enacting his vow and he does it in style!

    This is not violence for the sake of violence, and though there is plenty of blood and guts flying, what surprised me was how well it was done! I am really quite squeamish and though there were a couple of times when I went, "OH YUCK" it certainly wasn't as bad I expected it to be and it fitted in TOTALLY with the plot.
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Denzel does Rambo with an attitude May 8, 2004
    American audiences love their Silver Screen heroes that wreak vengeance on the Bad Guys. In MAN ON FIRE, Denzel Washington makes Stallone's Rambo and Eastwood's Dirty Harry look like altar boys. I don't recall either of the latter two lopping off fingers.
    Washington is Creasy, who, haunted by his past as a counter-insurgency assassin employed by the U.S. government, drinks to excess and contemplates suicide. On a social call to a pal from the old days, Rayburn (Christopher Walken), Creasy rhetorically asks, "Do you think God will forgive us for what we've done?" Rayburn, now living the good life in Juarez, Mexico, would like to see Creasy pull out of his self-destructive funk. So, he puts his friend in touch with Mexican businessman Samuel Ramos (Marc Anthony), who lives with his American wife Lisa (Radha Mitchell) and daughter Pita (Dakota Fanning) in Mexico City, where kidnapping offspring of the rich and famous is a growth industry. Samuel and Lisa are in the market for a new bodyguard for their daughter.
    Creasy, of course, takes the job. At first, he rebuffs the overtures of young Pita, who's an only child in need of a new friend. Slowly, though, he falls under her thrall. Indeed, Pita's innocence and youthful zest for life make Creasy want to live again. So, after she's ultimately kidnapped in a bloody street shootout (that leaves her protector gravely wounded) and ostensibly killed after a ransom attempt gone awry, Creasy vows apocalyptic revenge against all those involved in her abduction. And Rayburn, with his useful contacts, supplies enough firepower to single-handedly topple another Third World despot.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Really good acting
    Man On Fire will keep your attention for sure. The acting is fantastic. If you like a real good kick-axx movie, this is it.
    Published 19 hours ago by Bruce Emory
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
    One of the classics. I've watch it repeatedly. I did have a little problem with the download; however, after several tries I was able to add it to my library on the TV.
    Published 12 days ago by Ronald D.
    5.0 out of 5 stars My husbands favorite movie
    When we couldn't find something to watch the other day my husband rented Man on Fire....I had seen it before but forgot how great it was. Well worth watching a second time.
    Published 20 days ago by Nancy Rollins
    4.0 out of 5 stars You can't shut your brain off completely
    Man On Fire is a little smarter than your average action flick. There is some development of Denzel's character. Some may find this makes for a slow start, but I enjoyed it. Read more
    Published 22 days ago by Benjamin
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best Denzel Film!!
    In my opinion Man On Fire Is his best work & the girl almost stole it from him. This is one of those movies that I cannot grow tired of watching. Read more
    Published 25 days ago by Darnell A. Derrick
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stroy
    Loved the movie. A little intense in the last half, but a great story and well played all the way to the end.
    Published 1 month ago by Renee Donnelly
    5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
    these are all movies i have seen and loved that is why i wanted to have them for my collection. will watch over and over. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by susan mccaughtry
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another great film by a brand new fan of D. Washington!!
    I'm a woman who has never ever been a fan of any kind of violent film even if it had great performances by its actors. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Cindy Ross Delaurentis
    5.0 out of 5 stars MAN ON FIRE
    I LIKE MOVIES ABOUT TRUE HAPPENINGS IN OUR SOCIETY
    ALL THE STATISTICS BROUGHT UP
    ABOUT KIDNAPPING IN MEXICO MADE THE MOVIE MUCH MORE INTERESTING.
    Published 1 month ago by Killabutcha
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of Denzel Washington's best and there have been many. Christopher...
    Denzel as Creasy is absolutely one of his most endearing roles. The love of Pita brings a man back from the desolation of all he has done, the loss of that little girl brings back... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by BigFish22
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    Man on Fire: Blu-Ray?
    'Man on Fire' was first released on DVD in 2004 and included two exceptional commentaries. A Collector's Edition DVD was released in 2005 and featured a feature length documentary, featurettes, deleted scenes, and more. So how many of these features have been ported to the Blu-ray edition of the... Read more
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    Is the B-R version the uncut version?
    Dont think so. I think the US version is just the bare bones theatrical version.
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