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Ron Howard directs an all-star cast in this exciting action-thriller that shows you the mystery, drama and devastation of fire as you've never seen it before! Kurt Russell and William Baldwin star as two feuding siblings carrying on a heroic family tradition as Chicago firefighters. But when a puzzling series of arson attacks is reported, they are forced to set aside their differences to solve the mystery surrounding these explosive crimes. Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca DeMornay, Donald Sutherland and Robert DeNiro also star in this acclaimed suspense story filled with some of the most awe-inspiring fire sequences ever filmed.
A somewhat contrived screenplay doesn't stop this thriller from serving up some of the most spectacular fire sequences ever committed to film. Like any Ron Howard production Backdraft is impressively slick and boasts a stellar cast, including Kurt Russell and William Baldwin. The actors play sibling rivals who have been at odds since the death of their firefighter father years earlier. Robert De Niro is the veteran fire inspector who is tracking a series of mysterious and deadly arsons, and Donald Sutherland is effectively creepy as the former arsonist who understands the criminal psychology of pyromaniacs. Rebecca De Mornay, Scott Glenn, and Jennifer Jason Leigh are featured in supporting roles. Backdraft is a triumph of stunt work and flaming special effects. --Jeff Shannon
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He captures the beauty and the horror of fires. He makes fires into a character in his movie
And he captures the true heroism of the every day firefighter .
User impressive achievements, but what makes the movie a great movie is the way that Howard and Donald Sutherland created one of the most memorable characters I've ever seen in a movie. Sutherland portrays an arsonist.
The two of them tapped into Sutherland's potential for playing evil characters, a potential that is very rarely used .
Released in 1991, directed by Ron Howard, it had Kurt Russell at the peak of his career, competently supported by Scott Glenn (Gosh!...it seems this guy was always old sinec his birth!). I don't car a little bit for De Niro role, it coul have been a less annoying actor.
Jennifer Jason Leigh does her bit along with one of the Baldwins brothers (don't remember which one).
This movie was sad, and I can appreciate that some humor would have been a nice touch, but that ridiculous scene failed to enhance the image of this character that turned out to be a serious servant of the people, as a fireman. It wasn't that funny either, which -I think_ did not help. If they had to do such a scene, it would have been funnier if it had been a different/new fireman, or if it had to be Baldwin, it could have been less silly. Anyway, I admire the guys for their talent. Also, seeing this heightened my awareness of the power of fire. So, there you
have it. Sorry I couldn't do a better job on this one.
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