Reign of Fire
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Reign of Fire

Year:
Duration:
101 min
Genres:
Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi | Thriller
IMDB rate:
6.2
Director:
Rob Bowman
Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 2002-07-12
Filming Locations: Ardmore Studios, Herbert Road, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland
Earnings
Budget: $60,000,000
Opening Weekend: $15,632,281 (USA) (14 July 2002)
Gross: $43,061,982 (USA) (27 October 2002)
Cast
Actor
Character
Christian Bale
Quinn Abercromby
Matthew McConaughey
Denton Van Zan
Izabella Scorupco
Alex Jensen
Gerard Butler
Creedy
Scott Moutter
Jared Wilke
David Kennedy
Eddie Stax
Alexander Siddig
Ajay
Ned Dennehy
Barlow
Rory Keenan
Devon
Terence Maynard
Gideon
Doug Cockle
Goosh
Randall Carlton
Burke (Tito)
Chris Kelly
Mead
Ben Thornton
Young Quinn
Malcolm Douglas
Stuart
Dessie Gallagher
Jess
Martin Linnane
Mole #1
Denis Conway
Mole #2
Duncan Keegan
Michael
Laura Pyper
Lin
Berts Folan
Construction Worker #1 (as Bernard Berts Folan)
Brian McGuinness
Construction Worker #2
Barry Barnes
Construction Worker #3
David Herlihy
Oliver
Gerry O'Brien
Jerry
Patrick Foy
Paddy (as Paddy Foy)
Anne Maria McAuley
Rose
Maree Duffy
Rachel
Alex Meacock
Alvarez
David Garrick
Jefferson
Andy Godbold
Piscatella
Jack Gleeson
Kid (uncredited)
Sebastian Siegel
Jefferson (uncredited)
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Trivia
The preview claims that the film is set in 2084. Yet the actual movie itself gives the date as sometime in the 2020s.
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It was filmed in Ireland, in the Wicklow Mountains. They were only allowed to film there under the condition that they clean up entirely after themselves, without damaging the landscape.
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Jack Gleeson plays an uncredited role as a member of the audience watching Christian Bale's Star Wars act. They would also share a scene years later in Batman Begins.
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Goofs
Van Zan and Alex tell Quinn that there is only one male dragon and, like fish, the females lay their eggs and the male makes a "pass" to fertilize them. Yet when Quinn discovers the egg inside the downed dragon, there is an embryo visible, which should only happen AFTER fertilization.
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As the occupants of the castle crowd the ramparts to repel Van Zan's approaching column, the men all have their weapons up, ready to fire. If you look over Creedy's shoulder, the man beside him has neglected to flip up the foresight of his SLR, making it impossible to aim the rifle properly.
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After leaving Quinn to Join Van Zan's forces, Jared returns and meets Quinn in what's left of the orchard. In the first part of the scene Jared is carrying a Sterling submachine gun slung over his shoulder; you can clearly see the distinctive pistol grip and curved magazine. Towards the end of the scene, as he hugs Quinn, the Sterling has been replaced by an SLR, the British version of the FN rifle. All you can see is the Shoulder stock, but it is unmistakable from its shape. The Sterling only ever had a folding metal stock.
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Quotes
Denton Van Zan: These things live on death and feed on ash.
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Denton Van Zan: Ever see a male?
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Quinn Abercromby: If they come, they'll burn, we'll build. Or maybe I'll just kill 'em.
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Faq
Q
Van Zan mentions that he was able to kill a dragon during "magic hour" -- what was he talking about?
A
Van Zan was talking about a specific time of day near sunset called "magic hour" or "golden hour", when the light from the sun is softer. Van Zan had deduced that the dragon he killed (and the rest of its species) have impaired vision at that time of day. We see evidence during the final battle with the male dragon in London: while it hunts Quinn, Van Zan & Alex, we see things from it's perspective, which is distorted & somewhat blurred, making it harder for the dragon to see them.
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Photos from cast
Alice Krige