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Man on Fire (1987)

A former CIA agent, John Creasy, is hired as a bodyguard for a girl in Italy, who becomes the daughter he never had. When she is abducted, Creasy's fiery rage is unleashed, and despite being badly wounded, embarks on a bloody revenge spree.

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Élie Chouraqui

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A.J. Quinnell (novel), Élie Chouraqui (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Glenn ... Creasy
Jade Malle ... Samantha
Joe Pesci ... David
Brooke Adams ... Jane
Jonathan Pryce ... Michael
Paul Shenar ... Ettore
Danny Aiello ... Conti
Laura Morante ... Julia
Giancarlo Prati Giancarlo Prati ... Satta
Inigo Lezzi Inigo Lezzi ... Bellu
Alessandro Haber Alessandro Haber ... Sandri
Franco Trevisi ... Rabbia
Lou Castel ... Violente
Lorenzo Piani Lorenzo Piani ... Bruno
Giuseppe Cederna ... Snake
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Storyline

A former CIA agent, John Creasy, is hired as a bodyguard for a girl in Italy, who becomes the daughter he never had. When she is abducted, Creasy's fiery rage is unleashed, and despite being badly wounded, embarks on a bloody revenge spree.

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girl | bodyguard | italy | truck | bombing | See All (29) »

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For an ex-CIA agent, the job of bodyguard for a twelve-year old girl should have been a breeze...

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English | Italian

Release Date:

4 September 1987 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Absinthe See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$258,812, 11 October 1987

Gross USA:

$519,596

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$519,596
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Scott was originally slated to direct. But the studio balked because at the time they felt he was not accomplished enough to pull off the project. He would go on to direct the second adaptation Man on Fire (2004). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Creasy: And so. That's how I ended. A stiff in a body bag.
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Referenced in Vengeance Is Mine: Reinventing 'Man on Fire' (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Johnny B. Goode
Words and Music by Chuck Berry
Published by Isalee Music Co and 'Arc Music Corporation [us]' All Rights Reserved
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poetic revenge flick
19 August 2006 | by raegan_butcherSee all my reviews

I watched this after seeing the 2004 remake and was quite surprised by how good this one is. Scott Glenn gives a suitably haunted and melancholic performance, despite his dorky 80s wardrobe; no man can look cool with puffy shoulder pads like Joan Crawford and his coat-sleeves pushed up past his elbows. Jade Malle has just the right combination of loneliness and intelligence as the kidnap victim. Joe Pesci has a great weapons prep scene (opening a crate of handguns he says gleefully, "I ran into some old friends of ours. Do you recognize any of these guys?") but he isn't really given much to do. The violence is quick and dirty. The director, Elie Chouraqui, directs in a style that recalls Brian DePalma when he was at his peak.The ending is open to interpretation. Perfect. All in all I would say this version of Man on Fire is definitely worth seeing.


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