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Amazing fire effects highlight this Ron Howard gem about two quarreling brothers in the Chicago Fire Department. William Baldwin and Kurt Russell star with Academy Award®-winner Robert De Niro in this action-packed tale of men against nature. Donald Sutherland has a nasty turn as an arsonist. Thrills from start to finish!
© 1991 Universal City Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: It's not particularly deep, but Backdraft is a strong action movie with exceptional special effects.
Midwest Film Journal
Objectively, this is an overlong and overheated piece of work. But Ron Howard's visually stunning spectacle nevertheless feels human in its messiness and, for all its indulgence, memorably tactile and urgent in its conveyance of lives jeopardized.
June 24, 2020
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Common Sense Media
Common Sense Says
Ron Howard popcorn-muncher is sappy, not smokin'.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's a lot of CSI-type imagery here: charred, dead bodies and body parts pickled in jars. A burned body is imbedded in the windshield of a car, legs sticking straight out over the hood. Brian, Stephen, and the other firefighters face tremendous danger in burning buildings. A character dies in a fire. A fireman goes through a floor and nearly falls to his death. Another firefighter catches on fire and is severely burnt but survives. The film also depicts a couple's impending divorce. They sleep together one last time, confusing and hurting their son. There is some rear nudity (mostly male) and some sexual situations.
A Lot or A Little?
The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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- Genre:Action, Drama, Thriller
- Release Date:May 24, 1991
- Languages:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
If purchased in:4K
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