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Ladder 49 - Joaquin Phoenix, Jacinda Barrett, Morris Chestnut, Jay Russell

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

A bond forged in fire is never broken.

What does it take for a man to run into a burning building when everybody else is running out? Why do firemen leave their families each morning to risk their lives for strangers?

Ladder 49 is an exciting, powerful film that celebrates the ordinary men who put everything on the line everyday.

The film chronicles Baltimore fire-fighter Jack Morrison (Joaquin Phoenix) as he makes the transition from inexperienced rookie to seasoned veteran. As he struggles to cope with a risky, demanding job that often short-changes his wife and kids, he relies on the support of his mentor and chief, Mike Kennedy (John Travolta) and his second family - the brotherly bond between the men of the fire station. But when Jack becomes trapped in the worst blaze of his career, his life and the things he holds important - family, dignity, courage - come into focus. As his fellow firemen of Ladder 49 do all they can to rescue him, Jack's life hangs in the balance.

Persons of interest

  • Joaquin Phoenix .... Jack Morrison
  • John Travolta .... Chief Kennedy
  • Jacinda Barrett .... Linda Morrison
  • Morris Chestnut .... Tommy Drake
  • Kevin Daniels .... Don Miller
  • Robert Patrick .... Lenny Richter
  • Kevin Chapman .... Lieutenant Frank Mckinny
  • Balthazar Getty .... Ray Gauquin
  • Jay Hernandez .... Keith Perez
  • Billy Burke .... Dennis Gauquin
  • Tim Guinee .... Tony Corrigan
  • Barbara Alfaro .... Gloria Perkins
  • Marja Allen .... Margarita
  • Spencer Berglund .... Nicky Morrison
  • Peggy Cafferty .... Julia
  • Desiree Care .... Maria
  • Brooke Hamlin .... Katie Morrison
  • Leslie Lyles .... Roseleen Morrison
  • Lewis Colick .... Screenwriter
  • Jay Russell .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Ladder 49 is fun for the pyromaniac in us all (Mwahahahaha!) but as a drama it leaves a lot to be desired. Why? Because when someone is trapped in a burning building there are only two possible outcomes: he lives or he dies. No matter how many warm fuzzies you build up before revealing his fate your audience started taking bets before they walked into the cinema. Not that I didn't have a few sniffles, but I'm an incurable romantic so that doesn't really count.

The explosions are over the top but the colours are pretty.

Security censorship classification

M (Adult themes, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

115 minutes (1:55 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 6 January 2005
DVD rental: 25 May 2005
VHS rental: 25 May 2005

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