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Plot, Details & Awards

Backdraft

R In Theaters 05/14/1991 , 135min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Effects Gary Rydstrom Nominated
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Mikael Salomon Nominated
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Scott Farrar Nominated
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Effects Richard Hymns Nominated
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Allen Hall Nominated
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Randy Thom Nominated
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Glenn Williams Nominated
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Nominated
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Gary Rydstrom Nominated
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Gary Summers Nominated

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