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Man on Fire

by Tony Scott (Director)

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Man on Fire [2004 film] by Tony Scott (Director)

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Man on Fire (2004)

Denzel Washington – John Creasy

Dakota Fanning – Lupita Ramos
Radha Mitchell – Lisa Ramos
Christopher Walken – Paul Rayburn
Marc Anthony – Samuel Ramos
Giancarlo Giannini – Miguel Manzano
Mickey Rourke – Jordan Kalfus
Rachel Ticotin – Mariana Garcia Guerrero

Screenplay by Brian Helgeland, based on the novel (1980) by A. J. Quinnell
Directed by Tony Scott

Colour. 146 min.

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Pita: There are some good things in this world.
Creasy: Oh yeah, like what?
Pita: Like meeting me.

Crimson Tide (1995) aside, I think this is the finest collaboration between Denzel Washington and Tony Scott. There is always one “but” here that softens the critical blows. The middle part may seem like an ordinary piece of gritty and graphic brutality, Rambo versus the Mexican mafia as it were, but the beginning and the end raise this movie above the average guts-and-gore action thriller. Tony Scott tends to be as flashy as usual, indulging in blurred visions and uncertain pace, but here he somehow keeps it under control and makes it an integral part of the story and the characters. Brian Helgeland is a hit-and-miss screenwriter, but this piece of work, like Payback (1999), is one of the hits.

What makes this movie really memorable, and indeed moving, is that some time is spent to build the characters of Creasy and Pita. Their relationship is not quite on Leon level, but it’s very well written and beautifully acted. Denzel certainly gives an outstanding performance as a burnt-out ex-assassin on government payroll who unexpectedly finds a new will to live when he is hired as a bodyguard of a little girl in constant danger of being kidnapped in Mexico City. Dakota Fanning is a really cute 10-year-old and a terrific actress to boot. You will agree with her character that knowing Pita really is one of the good things in this world. Radha Mitchell as Pita’s mother, Christopher Walken as the old friend, Rachel Ticotin and Giancarlo Giannini as a couple of Mexican fighters against the kidnapping mania in the country all provide excellent support. Marc Anthony should stick to singing and Mickey Rourke is wasted in a minor part, but let those quibbles pass. ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Scott, TonyDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fanning, Dakotasecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mitchell, RadhaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rourke, Mickeysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Walken, Christophersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Washington, Denzelsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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