Overall Rank: 3462
Average Rating: 2.7/4
# of Ratings: 203
Theatrical Release Date: 05/24/1991
Genre: Action, Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Ron Howard
Actors: Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Scott Glenn
Plot: A rookie firefighter tries to earn the respect of his older brother and the rest of his squad while dealing with a string of arson/murders.
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donkeyknight - wrote on 05/02/2011
Very good as a firefighter movie, but even better as a brother movie. The special effects were excellent. Jennifer Jason Leigh's role...not so much.
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mdtinney - wrote on 05/27/2009
Backdraft is one of my all-time favorite movies, primarily for the spectacular visuals. Never before, and never since, have I seen fire given such a wonderful treatment. Horrifying, mystifying, entrancing, exciting, sensual, this film shows fire in so many wonderful ways.Fortunately, there's also some plot, writing, and performance interest to the film as well. Other films have stunning visuals ("Twister" comes to mind), but lack many of the other elements that make a good film. But "Backdraft" has these elements at least to the degree required to make the film enjoyable beyond the sheer beauty of the fire footage.The fire effects in "Backdraft" are amazing but the story of two brothers trying to work together is very impressive too. Ron Howard makes the fire seem like it's a living …
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