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Ladder 49

Release Date: October 1st, 2004

PG-13|1 hr. 54 min.

Plot Summary
After saving the life of one of the civilians inside, firefighter Jack Morrison (Joaquin Phoenix) finds himself trapped in a burning warehouse with a broken leg. As his friend and mentor, Deputy Chief Mike Kennedy (John Travolta), tries to negotiate a rescue from without, Jack flashes back to various events in his life: the first, awkward days on the force, meeting the woman (Jacinda Barrett) who would become his wife and saving a small girl from a burning building.

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Genres: Drama, Action

Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures

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  • A little humanity can go a long way to make up for a movie's shortcomings, and there's more than a little in Ladder 49, a surprisingly stirring celebration of heroic firefighters.

  • Fails as drama but succeeds as a "When bad things happen to good firemen" procedural. It's sensitivity training for civilians. show more

  • The film is less of a drama than a tribute -- an ode, even -- to the spirit and tenacity of firefighters. Its makers hardly bother to explore the lives or motives behind their actions. show more

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