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Man on Fire

Year:
Duration:
146 min
Genres:
Action | Drama | Thriller
IMDB rate:
7.8
Director:
Tony Scott
Awards:
1 win & 6 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 2004-04-23
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Earnings
Budget: $70,000,000
Opening Weekend: $22,751,490 (USA) (25 April 2004)
Gross: $77,862,546 (USA) (15 August 2004)
Cast
Actor
Character
Giancarlo Giannini
Giancarlo Giannini
Man on Fire
Denzel Washington
Joyhn W. Creasy
Dakota Fanning
Lupita Ramos
Radha Mitchell
Lisa Ramos
Christopher Walken
Paul Rayburn
Marc Anthony
Samuel Ramos
Mickey Rourke
Jordan Kalfus
Rachel Ticotin
Mariana Garcia Guerrero
Gustavo Sánchez Parra
Daniel Sanchez
Jesús Ochoa
Victor Fuentes
Gero Camilo
Aurelio Sanchez
Mario Zaragoza
Jorge Gonzalez
Charles Paraventi
Jersey Boy
Carmen Salinas
Guardian Three
Esteban De La Trinidad
Guardian Two
Angelina Peláez
Sister Anna
Norma Pablo
Reina Rosas
Rosa María Hernández
Maria
Heriberto Del Castillo
Bruno
Steve Gonzales
Insurance Lawyer
Andres Pardave
Vet
Rodrigo Zurita
Eighteen
Marisol Cal y Mayor
Eighteen's Girlfriend
Hector Hernandez Zertuche
Chauffeur (as Chaffer)
René Campero
Father
Angelica Rosado
Mother
Georgina González
Rayburn's Wife
Abraham Sandoval
Rayburn's Kid
Hugo Pelaez
Pedro
Jorge Victoria
Commandande Judicial
Ariane Pellicer
Reporter 1
Jorge Picont
Piano Teacher
Alberto Estrella
Adjutant AFI
Gerardo Taracena
Executive Adjutant
Nydia A. Trujillo
Nurse 1
Maria Hall Rueda
Nurse 2
Elvira Richards
Vet Assistant
Javier Torres Zaragoza
Sandri
Valentina Garcia Contreras
Camila
Enrique Cimet
Elderly Man
Sparkle
Elderly Woman
Dunia Alvarez
AFI Plainclothes 1
Beatriz Pina
Undercover AFI
Hector Tagle
Mariana's Driver
Jose Jesus Garcia
Sanchez Kid 1
Guadalupe Flores Garcia
Sanchez Kid 2
Daniela Martinez
Sanchez Kid 3
Rubén Santana
AFI Trailer Tech 1
Fernando Berzosa
AFI Trailer Tech 2
Eduardo Rivera
AFI Operator on Radio
Victor De Pascual
Arms Dealer
Norma Martínez
Arms Dealer 2
Aram Cardenas
Nephew
Alejandro Camps
Bodyguard 1
Jorge Almada
Bodyguard 1A
Carlos Barada
Bodyguard 2
Eduardo Yáñez
Bodyguard 2A
Jorge Merlo
Judicial Police
Alberto Pineda
Fuentes Man 1
Jesús González Leal
Fuentes Driver
Rodrigo Chavez
Fuentes Man 5
Fernando Arvizu
Thug Cop 1
Ghalil Elhateb Estrada
Thug Cop 2
Hugo Genesio
Plainclothes 1
Gonzalo Alvarez
Plainclothes 2
Ofelia Aguirre
Interviewer (uncredited)
Arturo Farfán
Bartender (uncredited)
Rossana Fuentes
Newscaster (uncredited)
Enrique Gonzalez
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Adrian Grunberg
Docile Reporter (uncredited)
Jorge Guerrero
Priest (uncredited)
Roberto Kwok
Japanese Businessman 6 (uncredited)
Berenice Manjarrez
Newscaster (uncredited)
José Montini
Restaurant Owner (uncredited)
Fernando Moya
Doctor (uncredited)
Iztel Navarro Vazquez
Sandri's Girl (uncredited)
Stacy Perskie
Cynical Reporter (uncredited)
Manuel Poncelis
School Clerk (uncredited)
Raul Zermeño
Highranking Government Official (uncredited)
Jorge Zárate
Customs Official (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
Dakota Fanning had a "stunt-burper" because she couldn't do it.
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Dakota Fanning's first day of shooting was for the scene where Creasy takes Pita to school for the first day.
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In the original filmed ending, Creasy does not die in the car on the way to The Voice's house. The two meet and chat for a while about the price of human life. Creasy continually looks down at his watch. When the timer reaches zero, Creasy smiles. Then, the entire house explodes. This implies that Creasy used the rectal bomb that he used on Fuentes earlier in the film. Tony Scott cut the scene because he felt that it did not fit in with the tone of the film.
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Goofs
When Creasy holds his Glock pistol to Gonzales' head and tells him to drive, the pistol's trigger is in the rearward position, meaning the firing mechanism is not cocked, and there is no round in the chamber. Chambering a round in a Glock pistol cocks the firing mechanism, which puts the trigger in the forward position. It can be assumed that a former special operator and assassin like Creasy would ensure his pistol is loaded and has a round in the chamber before using it.
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Towards the end of the scene where Creasey is cutting of Jorge Gonzales' fingers to help him remember stuff, Gonzales asks for a cigarette. Creasey puts one in his mouth but filter outwards. In the cut to the cigarette being lit, the cigarette is the right way round: filter in.
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When Creasy is cutting off the fingers of Jorge Gonzales, in a supposed secluded area, a man's arm can be seen in the window behind Creasy.
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Quotes
Elderly Man: In the church, they say to forgive.
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Jordan: Look, Sammy, all my clients have, uh, kidnap and ransom insurance.
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Creasy: Pita, do you have a pencil?
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Faq
Q
Is life in Mexico City really like that?
A
I watched Man on Fire when I was younger and at the time I was thinking, wow, I've got to stay away from Mexico! Now, some 8 years later, I'm living in Mexico City (http://www.mexicocityvibes.com/life-in-mexico-city.html). Either things have calmed down a lot or Man on Fire is a ridiculous portrayal of the city. Fair enough if it was somewhere like Ciudad Juarez, but D.F. seems fairly normal.From an article online at Fox News Latino published on March 29, 2012, it appears that for many life in Mexico is like that. "An average of 49 kidnappings per day occurred in Mexico in 2011, marking a significant increase from the prior year, the Council for Law and Human Rights, or CLDH, said in a recent report.A total of 17,889 kidnappings occurred in Mexico last year [2011], up 32 percent from the 13,505 abductions registered in 2010, the non-governmental organization said." http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/03/29/kidnap-victim-kills-4-gunned-down-by-police-in-mexico/#ixzz29HJNYIxm
Q
The trade at the end seems unfair. Why did Creasy trade both himself AND Aurelio for Pita?
A
Creasy needed Aurelio as insurance to Pita's safety.It is made clear at the beginning of the film that 75% of the victims do not survive, and those that do will likely have body parts mutilated even if the ransoms are paid (the victim shown during the opening titles had his ear cut off before La Hermandad released him). So the circumstances for the final trade were:1) Creasy in exchange for Pita.2) Aurelio in exchange for Pita being returned unharmed and all in one piece.La Hermandad could not harm Pita in retribution for Creasy buckshooting Aurelio's hand off because Creasy had already done so before The Voice revealed to him that Pita was still alive. If The Voice did proceed to harm Pita, then Creasy would've done even more to Aurelio as well, and it would've been a lose-lose situtation for both men.Creasy is willing, in the end, to sacrifice himself for the sake of Pita. Creasy undergoes a transformation early in the film; in the beginning he was an alcoholic loner who even attempts suicide but the round misfires. Pita manages to rouse feelings of compassion in Creasy and he develops a friendship with her, giving him a new found sense of life. When Pita is kidnapped and believed to be killed that is taken from him, and being a man with nothing to lose he is prepared to burn down the world till justice is served.Upon the revelation that she is alive, Creasy must decide how valuable she is to him. Throughout the film, he shows he is prepared to do whatever is necessary for her (in getting justice), and for Creasy, to give up his own life for her is the ultimate sacrifice. Creasy would have likely never have done that for anyone in the past, and being a killer sees himself beyond redemption (if you recall his talk with Christopher Walken's character) and his sacrificing himself for Pita is his act of redemption and absolution. He was also critically wounded, and he probably didn't see himself making it past the day alive anyway, so he was more than happy to trade places with Pita, who was at the beginning of her life.
Q
Why did "La Hermandad" lead Pita's family to believe she was dead? Were they planning on ransoming her later on?
A
No, 'The Voice' said "I'm a business man. A dead girl is worth nothing. She is alive." This means he lead the family to believe she was dead so they wouldn't try to get her back. So La Hermandad probably would have sold her as a slave of some sort, most likely in sex trafficking.The dvd special features with commentary by Lucas Foster, Brian Helgeland, and Dakota Fanning this issue comes up in discussion and they state that the original idea was to increase the ransom amount but it never made it into the film due to time.[Here's another viewpoint, written by another viewer:]The answers offered above are contradictory. (It was to increase the ransom, it was so the family wouldn't try to get her back.) Personally I don't buy either of these answers. Certainly leading the family to believe she was dead would not increase the ransom amount; on the contrary, it would destroy any chance of getting any ransom at all. So even if that's what they said in the commentary, it makes no sense at all.Selling the girl as a slave doesn't make a whole lot more sense either, for several reasons, the biggest being that the girl was worth a lot more to her family than she would be to anyone else. Why sacrifice a huge payoff in the millions, and settle for a pittance instead?No, there's only one answer that makes sense: It's junky crap that was thrown into the movie to make the movie more exciting by providing a big surprise at the end, regardless of the fact that it would never happen that way in real life. Any semblance of realism sacrificed to commercialism of the crassest kind. I don't blame them for not wanting to admit in the commentary that that's what was going on.
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