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Ron Howard

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About the Movie

Ron Howard directs an all-star cast in this exciting action-thriller that shows you the mystery, drama and devastation of fire as you've never seen it before! Kurt Russell and William Baldwin star as two feuding siblings carrying on a heroic family tradition as Chicago firefighters. But when a puzzling series of arson attacks is reported, they are forced to set aside their differences to solve the mystery surrounding these explosive crimes. Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca DeMornay, Donald Sutherland and Robert DeNiro also star in this acclaimed suspense story filled with some of the most awe-inspiring fire sequences ever filmed.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 44
  • Fresh: 32
  • Rotten: 12
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The spectacular fire sequences, which must have been hellish to film, are powerfully enveloping on screen, thanks especially to the eerie effect of the title. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Backdraft has some of the raw filmmaking excitement that has been missing from Howard's recent work. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Visually, pic often is exhilarating, but it's shapeless and dragged down by corny, melodramatic characters and situations. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: "Backdraft" is a spectacle worth observing; it may also generate a little more respect for firemen, everyday heroes who don`t need the movies to polish their image. – Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune, Jul 10, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Fiction, but still a great film

Although this movie is a little too hollywood, with things that we don't do and things that fire doesn't do, it is still a great story. There really hasn't been a firefighting film made like it and has a great cast to accompany the story. It is a drama that is like no other and keeps you interested all the way to the end. Robert De Niro even though he is only in a supporting roll, plays a great part of the movie. I think it is one of his best parts and too bad he didn't have a few more scenes. I always recommend this movie with a side note to ask a firefighter after what is real and what is not. Enjoy

Best Movie EVER!!!

I am so happy that itunes has finaly got this movie i have been watching it scense i was 4 years old and i love it it is a very good action packed movie with a supriseing endeing. the movie has very realistic fire scense and is very well played out i would recomend this movie to anyone it is my favorite movie of all time. (i have watched this movie so many times that i have worn out 3 vhs' and 2 dvds in the las 10 years.)

Love it!

Love the movie, but it has Firefighting all wrong! LOL

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 1991

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