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Backdraft (1991)



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This movie is very orange. Not surprising, considering it's director Ron Howard's tribute to firefighters. Kurt Russell and William Baldwin play two brothers, one whose a fireman and one who would like to be, with some fundamental differences. It's more than the average buddy picture -- the characters are better rounded than that -- and the special effects are amazing. Robert DeNiro and Donald Sutherland shine in supporting roles. At times, the story falters, and the picture takes a while to build up steam, but the closing hour makes it well worth a viewing.