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action & adventure, drama

Spectacular pyrotechnics highlight this story of two quarreling brothers (played by KURT RUSSEL and WILLIAM BALDWIN)in the Chicago Fire Department.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Ron Howard popcorn-muncher is sappy, not smokin'.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's a lot of CSI-type imagery here: charred, dead bodies and body parts pickled in jars. A burned body is imbedded in the windshield of a car, legs sticking straight out over the hood. Brian, Stephen, and the other firefighters face tremendous danger in burning buildings. A character dies in a fire. A fireman goes through a floor and nearly falls to his death. Another firefighter catches on fire and is severely burnt but survives. The film also depicts a couple's impending divorce. They sleep together one last time, confusing and hurting their son. There is some rear nudity (mostly male) and some sexual situations.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Brian and Stephen's sibling rivalry affects their working relationship. Does it help or hurt their dangerous work? This may be a good time to talk to kids about how sibling rivalry affects them at school and with friends. It's also a good opportunity for divorced parents to talk to their children about how the split affected them.

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Audience Reviews

1 star

Something to watch

- dukeakasmudge, Sunday, October 25, 2009

3 stars

Not as good as I remember this film being, but I think that might be due to the special effects, they seemed so great at the time, but we've come a long way since. VERDICT: Worth watching if it comes on tv

- 76Majikat, Thursday, September 6, 2007

3 stars

Great movie about firefighters.

- thmtsang, Saturday, July 14, 2007