History Film / Backdraft

4th May '16 9:50:28 AM Movienut376
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** Averted with [[spoiler:Axe and Bull's funeral at the end. Real life firefighters have commented that for a firefighter killed on duty, this is exactly how a funeral goes.]]
19th Jan '16 3:23:21 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ParkingPayback: A car is parked in front of a fire hydrant. The firefighters take a certain glee in smashing the car's windows so they can thread the hose through to the hydrant.
** Truth in television: Fire fighters have every legal right to do that in real life.

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* ParkingPayback: A car is parked in front of a fire hydrant. The firefighters take a certain glee in smashing the car's windows so they can thread the hose through to the hydrant.
** Truth in television: Fire fighters have every
hydrant, as is their legal right to do that in real life.right.
21st Oct '15 4:42:31 PM LOLman789789
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21st Oct '15 4:41:57 PM LOLman789789
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**Strangely enough, one thing the characters do manage to do wrong, especially Steven McCaffery, is leave their boots rolled down inside burning buildings, a BIG no-no back when firefighters commonly wore this gear since it leaves the legs even less protected than they already inherently were with this type of gear.
13th Sep '15 9:51:47 PM GreydonCreed
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** The procession before the actual funeral. Headed by the Chicago Emerald Society Marching Band in full Scottish/Irish regalia playing 'Balmoral' on bagpipes and drums, then two fire trucks converted to hearses carrying the caskets with the crew members of Engine/Ladder Company 17 in dress uniform marching alongsides, then the family members of the fallen firefighters walking after the fire trucks, then the senior commanders of the Chicago Fire Department and ''hundreds'' of firefighters in dress uniform marching after that.
26th Apr '15 9:22:05 PM Angeldeb82
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* TenMinuteRetirement: [[spoiler:Brian, finally driven from Engine 17 into a desk job, rejoins it as a full fledged firefighter after Stephen is killed.]]



** Real fires tend to involve blinding amounts of smoke that force firefighters to feel around for objects and people with their hands and feet. RealLife firefighters gave this film a pass, though, admitting that a screen full of dark billowing smoke doesn't really make for a visually exciting experience. However, you can safely assume that nothing you see a fire do in this movie could/would ever happen in [[RealLife real life]].

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** Real fires tend to involve blinding amounts of smoke that force firefighters to feel around for objects and people with their hands and feet. RealLife firefighters gave this film a pass, though, admitting that a screen full of dark billowing smoke doesn't really make for a visually exciting experience. However, you can safely assume that nothing you see a fire do in this movie could/would ever happen in [[RealLife real life]].RealLife.



* BreakingSpeech: Donald Sutherland's movie-stealing scene.

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* BreakingSpeech: BreakThemByTalking: Donald Sutherland's movie-stealing scene.



* CuttingCorners: [[spoiler:Swayzak's plan to get more money for him and his businessmen allies (who are also helping him with his election) involves getting rid of firehouses that, according (falsely) to him, are superfluous for what a city like Chicago needs and would be more useful as community services. The fact that he's gambling with people's lives (and fellow firemen's lives in specific) because of the severe cut-down on response capabilities that this creates is the main reason why "Ax" Adcox goes into his KillItWithFire RoaringRampageOfRevenge]].

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* CuttingCorners: [[spoiler:Swayzak's plan to get more money for him and his businessmen allies (who are also helping him with his election) involves getting rid of firehouses that, according (falsely) to him, are superfluous for what a city like Chicago needs and would be more useful as community services. The fact that he's gambling with people's lives (and fellow firemen's lives in specific) because of the severe cut-down on response capabilities that this creates is the main reason why "Ax" Adcox goes into his KillItWithFire RoaringRampageOfRevenge]].RoaringRampageOfRevenge.]]



* MeaningfulFuneral: [[spoiler: Axe and Bull's funeral at the end]]

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* MeaningfulFuneral: [[spoiler: Axe and Bull's funeral at the end]] end.]]



* TreacheryCoverUp: [[spoiler:Adcox]]

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* TenMinuteRetirement: [[spoiler:Brian, finally driven from Engine 17 into a desk job, rejoins it as a full fledged firefighter after Stephen is killed.]]
* TreacheryCoverUp: [[spoiler:Adcox]][[spoiler:Adcox.]]
13th Apr '15 1:34:54 PM JoieDeCombat
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* ArtisticLicense: Real fires tend to involve blinding amounts of smoke that force firefighters to feel around for objects and people with their hands and feet. RealLife firefighters gave this film a pass, though, admitting that a screen full of dark billowing smoke doesn't really make for a visually exciting experience. However, you can safely assume that nothing you see a fire do in this movie could/would ever happen in [[RealLife real life]].

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* ArtisticLicense: ArtisticLicense:
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Real fires tend to involve blinding amounts of smoke that force firefighters to feel around for objects and people with their hands and feet. RealLife firefighters gave this film a pass, though, admitting that a screen full of dark billowing smoke doesn't really make for a visually exciting experience. However, you can safely assume that nothing you see a fire do in this movie could/would ever happen in [[RealLife real life]].
13th Apr '15 1:29:54 PM YT45
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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: "Axe" Adcox.]]

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Firefighter John "Axe" Adcox.]]
13th Apr '15 1:28:19 PM YT45
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* MoodWhiplash: The opening; Brian as a child goes along to one of his father's responses, an apartment fire that seems mostly smouldering (all smoke). Everything is all upbeat and routine, until his father realizes there's a [[OhCrap leaking gas line, and Adcox just released it to the fire]]. He throws Adcox out of the room just before the explosion consumes him, with Brian watching it all. The photo of him holding his father's burned helmet, looking up at the inferno, follows him right through adulthood (see OldShame below).

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* MoodWhiplash: The opening; Brian as a child goes along to one of his father's responses, an apartment fire that seems mostly smouldering (all smoke). Everything is all upbeat and routine, until his father realizes there's a [[OhCrap leaking gas line, and Adcox just released accidentally exposed it to the fire]]. He throws Adcox out of the room just before the explosion consumes him, with Brian watching it all. The photo of him holding his father's burned helmet, looking up at the inferno, follows him right through adulthood (see OldShame below).
13th Apr '15 1:27:17 PM YT45
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* MeaningfulFuneral: [[spoiler: Bull's funeral at the end]]

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* MeaningfulFuneral: [[spoiler: Axe and Bull's funeral at the end]]
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