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Ladder 49 (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 1 October 2004 (USA)
A firefighter, injured and trapped in a burning building, has flashbacks of his life as he drifts in and out of consciousness. Meanwhile, fellow firefighters led by the Chief attempt to rescue him.

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Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Deputy Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him.

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Their greatest challenge lies in rescuing one of their own See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for intense fire and rescue situations, and for language | See all certifications »

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1 October 2004 (USA)  »

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Brigada 49  »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,088,204 (USA) (3 October 2004)

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$74,541,707 (USA) (25 February 2005)
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The filming of the big warehouse scene caused something of a panic in Baltimore. The fire was visible from I-95 and the Baltimore Beltway, so Good Samaritans kept calling the fire department to report it. So many people called that the fire department ended up calling radio stations to confess that the scene was being filmed and to request that people stop tying up the emergency lines. See more »

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During the wedding scene, Jack and Linda leave the party with children. These are not actually their children, but rather family members' children. See more »

Quotes

Jack Morrison: [Latched onto a frantic man while hanging from a rope] Calm down! Sir - you need to calm down! I swear to God I'll drop you!
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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

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Twice as Hard
Written by Chris Robinson and Rich Robinson
Performed by The Black Crowes
Courtesy of American Recordings, LLC
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Get Up that Ladder to See this Wonderful Film.
15 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Remember the classic Oscar-winning film, "How Green Was My Valley?" What made that film so great was the deep connections of a Welsh mining family and the people around them.

I felt that same deep connection when I saw Ladder 49. Here we see firemen interacting not only on the job but in their personal lives as well. We share their joys and their heartbreaks.

John Travolta shines in a supporting role as the commander of the firemen. Joaquin Phoenix is very appealing as firemen Jack Morrison, whose story is the picture.

While trapped in a burning building, flashbacks are well used to show his life from the time of his joining the fire department, his meeting with his future wife, his marriage and his heroic deeds.

The stalwart ending of the perseverance of firemen, in the face of tragedy, makes this a heartily recommended film.


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