• Ladder 49 (2004)

Ladder 49

Release Date: October 1st, 2004

DVD Release Date: March 8th, 2005

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.

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, John Travolta, Jacinda Barrett, Robert Patrick, Morris Chestnut, Billy Burke, Balthazar Getty, Tim Guinee

Director: Jay Russell

Genres: Action , Drama

Production Co: Beacon Communications, Touchstone Pictures, Fantail Films Inc., Beacon Pictures, Casey Silver Productions

Distributors: Buena Vista Pictures

Keywords: Transformation, Wife, Heartwarming, Daughter, House, Family, Growing up, 2000s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Jack MathewsNew York Daily News

    There's a lot of flashy acting going, notably by Travolta, who has not been more engaging on-screen in a decade, and by newcomer Barrett, a willowy Aussie who, as a woman living with the specter of death, gives the film's most complete performance. show more

  • 60
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    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

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Because it is attentive to these human elements, Ladder 49 draws from the action scenes instead of depending on them. Phoenix, Travolta, Barrett and the others are given characters with dimension, so that what happens depends on their decisions, not on the plot. show more

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