Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro
Universal Pictures; Directed by Ron Howard
Rated R; 136 minutes; 1991
This white-hot, action-packed, blockbuster smash hit filled with spectacular special effects was based on the experiences of an actual firefighter. Heroic in scope and explosive in execution of the firefighting scenes, BACKDRAFT stars a first-rate ensemble cast in this emotional drama about Chicagoís most unsung heroes.
"Incredible and exciting! I donít know how they did it!"
- Roger Ebert, SISKEL AND EBERT
"The performances are outstanding! BACKDRAFT is fascinating, exciting and entertaining!"
- Gary Franklin, KABC-TV
"Two thumbs up!"
- SISKEL & EBERT
"Stirring and emotional! Enough excitement for a whole summer full of movies! BACKDRAFT soars with spectacle, heroism and humanity. A wonderful movie!"
- Dennis Cunningham, CBS-TV
"Incredibly performed! The acting and the action are excellent! Spectacular, the movies have never seen effects like this before!"
- Joel Siegel, GOOD MORNING AMERICA
"A towering achievement! In every way, BACKDRAFT will take your breath away. Ron Howard's finest, most powerful work yet. William Baldwin lights up the screen with an incredible performance."
- Pat Collins, WWOR-TV
"Fascinating! It'll do what TOP GUN did for the Air Force! Don't miss it!"
- Dixie Whatley, WCVB-TV
"Pure dynamite! Sizzling entertainment! The most explosive film I've ever seen. Dazzling, it will make you cheer!"
- Susan Granger, AMERICAN MOVIE CLASSICS
"A big, big picture! The most amazing special effects we've seen in a long time. William Baldwin makes a fresh, sexy impression.
- Lawrence Frascella, US MAGAZINE
"An explosive, emotional drama! A stunning piece of cinematic storytelling! BACKDRAFT is terrific. It combines a rich, multi-layered story with amazing special effects. You've never seen anything like this!
- Bob Fenster, ARIZONA REPUBLIC
"Gripping! Fascinating and supremely satisfying! BACKDRAFT takes hold of you and then squeezes."
- Marshall Fine, GANNETT NEWSPAPERS
"A heck of a thrill show! Absolutely spectacular firefighting footage that takes your breath away. Kurt Russell and William Baldwin give terrific performances."
- David Kronke, DALLAS TIMES HERALD
"A spectacular and inspiring epic! An exciting tribute to America's most unsung heroes!"
- Jim Whaley, PBS CINEMA SHOWCASE
"A STAR WARS of pyrotechnics! A stunning, first-rate cast."
- Gary Cogill, WFAA-TV
"Spectacular! This is what the big screen is for!"
- David Denby, NEW YORK MAGAZINE
"BACKDRAFT will blow you away!"
- Bob Polunsky, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS