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Two Chicago firefighter brothers, who don't get along, have to work together while a dangerous arsonist is on the loose.


  • Kurt Russell
  • Robert De Niro
  • Donald Sutherland
  • William Baldwin

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What I regret is that all of the expertise lavished on this movie couldn't have been put at the service of a more intelligent story about real firemen, real working conditions, real heroism, and the real craft and art of fire-fighting.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The flames sure look real, but everything else in Backdraft, director Ron Howard's inflatable ode to firefighters, seems about as genuine as a plastic log in an electric hearth. Howard's particular type of schmaltz works well enough in small dabs on comic canvases (Splash, Cocoon, even Parenthood), but pumped up to heroic proportions, the sentimentality is just plain silly - in this case, cheap melodrama on a two-hour jag.

Metacritic review by Rick Groen
Rick Groen
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)