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Man on Fire (2004)

In Mexico City, a former assassin swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.

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Hard drinking, burnt out ex CIA operative John Creasy has given up on life until he's hired as a bodyguard to protect nine year old Pita Ramos. Bit by bit, Creasy begins to reclaim some of his soul, but when pita is kidnapped, Creasy's fiery rage is finally released and he will stop at nothing to save her as he sets out on a dangerous, revenge fuelled rescue mission. Written by Freddie Bidwell

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Forgiveness is between them and God...My job is to arrange the meeting. See more »


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Rated R for language and strong violence | See all certifications »

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23 April 2004 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,751,490, 25 April 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$77,911,774

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$130,293,714
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Denzel Washington spent ten days with advanced weapons training specialists to prepare for this role. See more »

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When Creasy parks the Mercedes at Pita's school and Pita and Creasy get out of the car, the front wheels are pointed straight ahead. When Creasy returns to the car after signing Pita in, the front wheels are turned hard left. See more »

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Creasy: [referring to Creasy to Miguel Manzano in the hospital] Revenge is a meal best served cold.
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Special thanks to Mexico City. A very special place. See more »

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Referenced in Max Payne 3 (2012) See more »

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Underrated and ignored, but a bit of a classic
4 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

Tony Scott can make good films and bad, personally I think he can be a bit flashy and trashy and his work obviously suffers in comparison with that of his rather famous brother, but this is quite possibly his best film.

What makes this film so great is that Scott gives Denzel (on scorching form, better than Training Day) and the revelation who is Dakota Fanning time to develop a relationship of real warmth and tenderness. The set up is absolutely NOT boring, although it takes time - it is involving, and takes us on a little journey into the characters - including a superb role for Radha Mitchell as the mother. This all serves to make the action so much more effective, as we are so invested in the characters, for all their all too obvious weaknesses. This film has you on the edge for its entirety, and doesn't cop out at the end either.

The film would of course be nothing without Washington. I often wonder why he seems to get so many duff roles, when he quite clearly is as good as almost any leading man out there (I can only really think of one, Daniel Day Lewis, who has more on-screen power these days). This film should have been huge, given his status and the strength of his performance, and the quality of the film. It just goes to show you that if a studio doesn't back a film to the hilt, it ends up going straight to video. I wish I'd got the chance to see this on the big screen.


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