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by Brendan H. - on 10/7/2004

I will admit right off the bat that I am a biased fan of Denzel Washington, but this film in all aspects is truly great. Based on the book by A.J. Quinnel about a kidnapping in Mexico City, Tony Scott directs a true excercise in great cinematography as well as the creative use of subtitles. But the greatest highlight is the between the bodyguard ie ex counter-insurgencie soldier John W Creasy (Denzel Washington) and Pinta (Dakota Fanning)both of them deliver strong leading roles that never lack to be convincing. The film is approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes long, But the first hour is spent developing a relationship between Creasy and Pinta. This first hour is rather heart-warming but never at any point cutesy. After which Pinta is kidnapped and Creasy takes on a ring of kidnappers and crooked federales. The film is well acted to the end including two very impressive supporting roles from Christopher Walken and Mickey Rourke. The film ends with a satisfying but not too complicated twist. Overral the combination of graceful action beautiful cinematography and stunning performances "Man on Fire" makes an excellent drama.

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Just an OK movie

on 5/3/2012

The story was just ok at best which is actually based on a book. Denzel Washington acted very well and looked awesome. However, some of the dialog of the movie were not captivating. I watched it movie once and that's it-wouldn't bother watching it again. Overall, It is a good action/drama movie.

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Two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington ignites a masterpiece of mayhem in this powerful (Los Angeles Times) action-thriller about sweet redemption...and savage retribution.

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.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40247033
UPC 024543139652
UPC 14 00024543139652
Format DVD
Release Date 5/5/2015
Rating Rating
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Editors Note
Note John Creasy (Denzel Washington) is a lost soul. A former government operative, he has become an alcoholic nomad, searching for inspiration and redemption. An old friend (Christopher Walken) who lives in Mexico gets Creasy a job as a bodyguard for nine-year-old Lupita "Pita" Ramos (Dakota Fanning), the daughter of Mexican Samuel (Marc Anthony) and his American wife Lisa (Radha Mitchell). Creasy's primary job is to protect Pita from the kidnapping attempts that are an increasing menace to the children of Mexico City's wealthy. A man of few words and many secrets, Creasy initially balks at Pita's attempts to befriend him, but soon a bond grows between the precocious child and this lonely man who is tormented by his past. When Pita is kidnapped despite Creasy's valiant attempts to save her, he will do anything to bring all of those involved to justice. His fury unravels a net of almost unimaginable corruption and greed in the process. Director Tony Scott (TOP GUN, CRIMSON TIDE) builds the relationship between Creasy and Pita in the first half of the film in order to justify Creasy's violent actions in the latter half, and in the process he does a fine job of keeping the film's tension consistently high.
Los Angeles Times "[Fanning] turns Pita into a delightful, distinctive, self-possessed individual, likely the most mature youthful presence we'll see on screen all summer." 04/21/2004 p.C1
USA Today "[The director] gives us solid chemistry between Fanning and lead Denzel Washington, plus a more complex than expected characterization by Radha Mitchell..." 04/23/2004 p.7E
Chicago Sun-Times "We're absorbed by Washington's character." 04/23/2004 p.33
Uncut "MAN ON FIRE explodes with some beautifully orchestrated mayhem that's driven by a cast of fully realised characters." 11/01/2004 p.147
Wall Street Journal "Tony Scott directed this revenge fantasy from a sharp-witted script by Brian Helgeland." 11/12/2010
Tony Scott
Dakota Fanning
Denzel Washington
Cast & Crew
A.J. Quinnell - Based On Novel By
Arnon Milchan - Producer
Brian Helgeland - Screenplay
Christian Wagner - Editor
Christopher Walken - Actor
Dakota Fanning - Actor
Denzel Washington - Actor
Giancarlo Giannini - Actor
Jesus Ochoa - Actor
Lucas Foster - Producer
Marc Anthony - Actor
Mickey Rourke - Actor
Paul Cameron - Cinematographer
Rachel Ticotin - Actor
Radha Mitchell - Actor
Tony Scott - Director
Tony Scott - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 2223965
UPC 00024543139652
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 146 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Man on Fire is a remake of a 1987 film starring Scott Glenn. Not having seen the earlier film
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Miami Herald
Review The dead-serious Man on Fire awakens a genuine sense of bloodlust in the viewer. This is a sl
Reviewer Rene Rodriguez
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Tony Scott's Man on Fire employs superb craftsmanship and a powerful Denzel Washington perfor
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Washington,Denzel
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News Man on Fire, with a best-ever Denzel Washington, is the first (nonreligious) sure thing to hit the multiplex this year.

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