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Brief Synopsis: "They say a blast of flames can take a life ... and hide a secret. But now firemen brothers Brian and Stephen McCaffrey are battling each other over past slights while trying to stop an arsonist with a diabolical agenda from torching Chicago."

Overall Ranking: 1225 (Rank from 1991: # 13)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 40%
Regular 20%
Half-Popped 40%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Ryan from Ten Stars Or Less100(full review)
Jim Carrier85 - Great movie, with a great cast. Everything was well done. It was the forerunner for another great movie Ladder 49.
Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 2
Scary: 4
Rewatch: 7
Dan O'Neill75(full review)
Minnesota Man60(full review)
David Baruffi52

People Involved

  • Kurt Russell (Dennis McCaffrey)
  • Robert De Niro (Donald Rimgale)
  • Donald Sutherland (Ronald Bartel)
  • William Baldwin (Brian McCaffrey)
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh (Jennifer Vaitkus)
  • Scott Glenn (John Axe Adcox)
  • Rebecca De Mornay (Helen McCaffrey)
  • Jason Gedrick (Tim Kirzminski)
  • J.T. Walsh (Alderman Marty Swayzak)
  • Anthony Mockus Sr. (Chief John Fitzgerald)
  • Cedric Young (Grindle)
  • Juan Ramírez (Ray Santos)
  • Kevin Casey (Nightingale)
  • Jack McGee (Schmidt)
  • Mark Wheeler (Pengelly)
  • Ron Howard (Director)