Veteran firefighter Stephen McCaffrey battles a string of deadly blazes in Chicago while his kid brother, Brian, helps an old-school arson investigator scrutinize the crimes. Soon, the brothers find themselves entangled in a lethal conspiracy.
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- Ron Howard
- This movie is
- Top 100 Thrills nominee
- 1992 Academy Award®
- Best Sound nominee
- Best Visual Effects nominee
- Best Sound Effects Editing nominee
Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Superb transfer, widescreen-only, no extras beyond some notes, and the most convincing sound editing you've ever heard in Dolby 5.1 surround. No trailer, though - and perhaps one day we'll get a version of this with commentary from Ron Howard and the special effects guys.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that there's a lot of CSI-type imagery here: charred, dead bodies and body parts pickled in jars. A burned body is imbedded in the windshield of a car, legs sticking straight out over the hood. Brian, Stephen, and the other firefighters face tremendous danger in burning buildings. A character dies in a fire. A fireman goes through a floor and nearly falls to his death. Another firefighter catches on fire and is severely burnt but survives. The film also depicts a couple's impending divorce. They sleep together one last time, confusing and hurting their son. There is some rear nudity (mostly male) and some sexual situations.
- Sexual Content
- Two couples have sex, though not explicitly on-screen. Some shots show rear male nakedness.
- Stephen starts a fight after drinking. Lots of dead bodies; people catch on fire and nearly die.
- Fairly mild for the R rating.
- Social Behavior
- Though there's a lot of macho kidding, Brian learns the power of family and integrity.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Some drinking, and Donald constantly smokes while investigating fires.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it