Ladder 49

Directed By: Jay Russell Starring: Joaquin Phoenix John Travolta

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by on 8/12/2006

By far the best movie in a very long time. The show really captures what firemen do for us everyday. The show is heartwarming and inspirational. I give it two BIG thumbs up!!!!!

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by on 12/29/2006

This movie has to be the best of all time! If you have someone that you love or know, watch this and honor them for what they do.

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Jack, a baltimore firefighter copes with the risky job that often shortchanges his wife and kids. He relies on the support of his 2nd family - the men of the firehouse. When he becomes trapped in the worst blaze of his career, the men of ladder 49 learn that the greatest fight will be saving one of their own.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 40703405
UPC 786936242638
UPC 14 00786936242638
Format DVD
Release Date 12/24/2011
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Joaquin Phoenix is great in this saga of Baltimore firefighter Jack Morrison, whose life starts flashing before his eyes when he becomes trapped in a blazing high rise. Flashbacks chronicle his memories of being a rookie at his Baltimore fire company. He remembers fighting his first fire, bonding with fellow firefighters, falling in love with a beautiful local girl (Jacinda Barrett), getting married, and having children. He also looks back on forming a close relationship with the fire chief (John Travolta) and learning to face the danger and heroics of life on the job. This film manages to wring plenty of well-earned tears from its subject matter--as well as spine-tingling thrills--which are the result of solid performances, characterization, and good naturalistic dialogue from screenwriter Lewis Colick. Barrett is great as Jack's worried wife; she and Phoenix exhibit strong, earthy chemistry in their scenes together. Travolta makes a fine fire captain who is graceful, sure of himself, and always ready to give up the spotlight to the younger actors. Other firemen include Morris Chestnut, Balthazar Getty, and Robert Patrick. The addition of a soundtrack of contemporary Irish and Irish-American folk and rock keeps the melancholia just a whisper away. The heroics of 9/11 are subtly honored here, but never directly mentioned, which is to the film's credit.
Entertainment Weekly "The movie is a quiet salute; it does its job....And it's got quiet, sturdy performances to match." 10/08/2004 p.90
Los Angeles Times "As a loving tribute to the courage and sacrifice of firefighters, it's first-class." 10/01/2004 p.E8
Chicago Sun-Times "[An] uncommonly effective film..." 03/04/2005 p.12
Jay Russell
Joaquin Phoenix
John Travolta
Cast & Crew
Bud Smith - Editor
Casey Silver - Producer
Jacinda Barrett - Actor
James Carter - Cinematographer
Jay Russell - Director
Joaquin Phoenix - Actor
John Travolta - Actor
Lewis Colick - Writer
Marty Ewing - Executive Producer
Renee Kalfus - Costume Designer
Robert Patrick - Actor
Tony Burrough - Production Designer
William Ross - Original Music By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 35938
UPC 00786936242638
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 115 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review There's nothing daring about it, but it offers a solid emotional core and there is a touching payoff. The movie's drama is a little on the soggy side, and that's what keeps me from giving a hearty recommendation. Few who see it will regret the experience, but this isn't the sort of movie that cries out to be seen. As diversions go, it's mostly pleasant, and I suppose there's nothing terribly wrong with that.
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource New York Daily News
Review There's a lot of flashy acting going, notably by Travolta, who has not been more engaging on-screen in a decade, and by newcomer Barrett, a willowy Aussie who, as a woman living with the specter of death, gives the film's most complete performance.
Reviewer Jack Mathews
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Phoenix, Travolta, Barrett and the others are given characters with dimension, so that what happens depends on their decisions, not on the plot. As I said, I was surprisingly affected by the film. After I left the screening, I walked a while by the river, and sat and thought, and was happy not to have anything that had to be done right away.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), French, Dubbed & Subtitled, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Travolta,John
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post ...a good, honest cry.
Larry King What an exciting powerful film - a terrific movie!
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly ...awesome flames and pyrotechnic scenes of crisis...

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