Ron Howard (1991)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Director Ron Howard has become one of the most accomplished of Hollywood craftsmen, and this sturdy star-studded action drama was deservedly a mainstream hit. Kurt Russell and William Baldwin play the warring, firefighting brothers who have to cope with a rash of blazes started by a seemingly deranged arsonist, whose lethal "backdrafts" are resulting in death and destruction. The plot is hardly original, but Howard marshals the sprawling elements with great finesse and the fire footage, if harrowing at times, is genuinely exhilarating. The list of stars is never-ending: supporting the two leads are Jennifer Jason Leigh, Robert De Niro, Donald Sutherland, Rebecca De Mornay and JT Walsh.


The two sons of a fireman who died in the line of duty follow him into the profession. However, a feud develops between them because the elder brother is convinced his sibling is not up to the job - until a mission to uncover the identity of a serial arsonist gives him the chance to prove his worth. Action drama, starring Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Donald Sutherland.

Cast & Crew

Stephen McCaffrey Kurt Russell
Brian McCaffrey William Baldwin
Donald Rimgale Robert De Niro
Jennifer Vaitkus Jennifer Jason Leigh
John Adcox Scott Glenn
Helen McCaffrey Rebecca De Mornay
Tim Krizminski Jason Gedrick
Martin Swayzak J T Walsh
Ronald Bartel Donald Sutherland
Chief John Fitzgerald Tony Mockus Sr
Grindle Cedric Young
Ray Santos Juan Ramirez
Nightengale Kevin M Casey
Schmidt Jack McGee
Pengelly Mark Wheeler
Washington Richar Lexsee
Sean McCaffrey Beep Iams
Director Ron Howard
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Violence, swearing, nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray