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The sons of a Chicago fireman who gave his life in the performance of his duties, firefighting brothers Kurt Russell and William Baldwin carry their lifelong sibling rivalry into their work. Russell is convinced that Baldwin hasn't got what it takes to remain in the fire department. Baldwin is transferred to a "safe" assignment, assisting arson investigator Robert DeNiro, who is trying to make sense of a series of fires involving an oxygen-induced ball of fire called a backdraft. The investigation reveals a link between corrupt alderman J. T. Walsh and imprisoned pyromaniac Donald Sutherland. The trail of evidence leads Baldwin to suspect that his brother Russell, a much-decorated hero, may be the "inside" man setting up the arsons. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:May 24, 1991

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mikael Salomon Best Visual Effects 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Randy Thom Best Sound 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Hymns Best Sound Effects 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scott Farrar Best Visual Effects 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Glenn Williams Best Sound 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Clay Pinney Best Visual Effects 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gary Rydstrom Best Sound Effects 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gary Rydstrom Best Sound 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gary Summers Best Sound 1991 Nominee

Cast

Kurt Russell
as Stephen McCaffrey
William Baldwin
as Brian McCaffrey
Robert De Niro
as Donald Rimgale
Donald Sutherland
as Ronald Bartel
Jennifer Jason Leigh
as Jennifer Vaitkus
Scott Glenn
as John Adcox
Rebecca De Mornay
as Helen McCaffrey
Jason Gedrick
as Tim Krizminski
J.T. Walsh
as Martin Swayzak
Cedric Young
as Grindle
Jack McGee
as Schmidt
Mark Wheeler
as Pengelly
Clint Howard
as Ricco
Ryan Todd
as Brian, Age 7
John Duda
as Stephen, Age 12
Kevin M. Casey
as Nightingale
Wanda Christine
as Mother at Tenement Fire
Tom Clark
as 1st Retirement Party Schmoozer
Janet Hirshenson
Jane Jenkins
Karel King
as 1st Swayzack Aide
Richard Lexsee
as Washington
Tony Mockus, Jr.
as Jackson
W. Earl Brown
as 3rd Paramedic
Juan Ramirez
as Ray Santos
Beep Iams
as Sean McCaffrey
Robert Swan
as Willy-Bartender
Ron West
as Alan Seagrave
Kevin Crowley
as 1st Candidate
Carlos Sanz
as 2nd Candidate
Harry Hutchinson
as 3rd Candidate
J.J. Chaback
as Woman Psychiatrist
Tim Grimm
as Man at Parole Board
David Crosby
as 70's Hippie
Mike Mangano
as Firetruck Driver
Rick Reardon
as 1st Paramedic
Kathryn Jaeck
as Mannequin Fire Reporter
David Westgor
as Mannequin Fire Reporter
James Ritz
as Mannequin Fire Reporter
Joe Guastaferro
as Donald Cosgrove
Don Herion
as Repairman
Gregory Widen
as Engine Lieutenant
Andrew Lipschultz
as Man on Party Boat
Walter Williams
as Security Guard
Bob Krzeminski
as Captain
Zita Visockis
as Grandma Vaitkus
Razz Jenkins
as Photographer on Boat Party
Irma P. Hall
as 1st Nurse
Nydia Rodriguez Terracina
as 2nd Nurse
Hollis Resnik
as Sally
Don Rimgale
as Party Crony
Dennis Liddiard
as Party Brawler
David Luckenbach
as Security Officer
Andre Melchor
as 2nd Cop
Gretchen Erickson
as Bar Patron
Joan Esposito
as Television Reporter
Bob Rice
as 1st Detective
Jane MacIver
as 2nd Retirement Party Schmoozer
Burton Stencel
as 3rd Retirement Party Schmoozer
Louise Woolf
as Falling Chair Lady
Fidel Moreno
as 70's Onlooker
Jane Alderman
as 4th Reporter
Kevin Petersen
as Doctor
Andrew Lipschultz
as Man on Party Boat
Bob Rice
as 1st Detective
Irma P. Hall
as 1st Nurse
Richard Lexsee
as Washington
Wanda Christine
as Mother at Tenement Fire
Andre Melchor
as 2nd Cop
Razz Jenkins
as Photographer on Boat Party
Bob Krzeminski
as Captain
Kevin Crowley
as 1st Candidate
Beep Iams
as Sean McCaffrey
Tony Mockus, Jr.
as Jackson
Tom Clark
as 1st Retirement Party Schmoozer
Juan Ramirez
as Ray Santos
Jane Alderman
as 4th Reporter
J.J. Chaback
as Woman Psychiatrist
Kevin M. Casey
as Nightingale
Rick Reardon
as 1st Paramedic
Joan Esposito
as Television Reporter
Mike Mangano
as Firetruck Driver
Jane MacIver
as 2nd Retirement Party Schmoozer
W. Earl Brown
as 3rd Paramedic
Ron West
as Alan Seagrave
David Luckenbach
as Security Officer
Karel King
as 1st Swayzack Aide
Fidel Moreno
as 70's Onlooker
Harry Hutchinson
as 3rd Candidate
Kathryn Jaeck
as Mannequin Fire Reporter
Don Rimgale
as Party Crony
Carlos Sanz
as 2nd Candidate
Don Herion
as Repairman
David Westgor
as Mannequin Fire Reporter
David Crosby
as 70's Hippie
Gretchen Erickson
as Bar Patron
Nydia Rodriguez Terracina
as 2nd Nurse
Dennis Liddiard
as Party Brawler
Joe Guastaferro
as Donald Cosgrove
Gregory Widen
as Engine Lieutenant
Louise Woolf
as Falling Chair Lady
James Ritz
as Mannequin Fire Reporter
Walter Williams
as Security Guard
Hollis Resnik
as Sally
Zita Visockis
as Grandma Vaitkus
Tim Grimm
as Man at Parole Board
Burton Stencel
as 3rd Retirement Party Schmoozer
Robert Swan
as Willy-Bartender

Crew

Ron Howard
Director
Pen Densham
Producer
John Watson
Producer
Richard Barton Lewis
Producer
Gregory Widen
Screenwriter
Steven E. de Souza
Screenwriter
Mikael Salomon
Cinematographer
Timothy R. Sexton
Musical Direction/Supervision
Becky Mancuso
Musical Direction/Supervision
Hans Zimmer
Composer (Music Score)
Albert Brenner
Production Designer
Larry de Waay
Co-producer
Todd Hallowell
Associate Producer
Brian Grazer
Executive Producer
Raffaella de Laurentiis
Executive Producer
Gary Baugh
Set Designer
Mikael Salomon
Special Effects
Mike Johnson
Stunts
Monica Devereux
Choreography
Janet Hirshenson
Casting
Jane Jenkins
Casting
Larry de Waay
Unit Production Manager
Robert "Bobby Z" Zajonc
Pilot
Richard Hymns
Sound Effects Editor
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