History Film / Backdraft

28th Oct '17 10:00:14 PM LOLman789789
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: None of the firefighters wear turnout trousers to protect their legs, which may look like an error, but it's actually because Chicago didn't wear Bunker Gear until 2006. Until then, they wore [[http://www.firecompanies.com/MFC/public/news_images/10066/171492/391166_orig.jpg this.]] It's called a long coat and pull-up hip boots. Most cities switched in the 1990s, such as New York City, which switched in 1994. If you were to look up videos of the FDNY before then on Website/YouTube, you would see them wearing this kind of gear. Chicago was the last to switch.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: None of the firefighters wear turnout trousers to protect their legs, which may look like an error, but it's actually because Chicago didn't wear Bunker Gear that gear until 2006. Until then, they wore [[http://www.firecompanies.com/MFC/public/news_images/10066/171492/391166_orig.jpg this.]] It's called a long coat and pull-up hip boots, or three-quarter boots. It was an older style of firefighting gear used in North America in most of the 20th century that consisted of a coat that went to the knees and a pair of rubber boots that had foldable sections that could be pulled up to the thigh. Most cities switched to modern gear in the 1990s, such as [[http://fdnysbravest.com/firephoto306.jpg New York City, City,]] which switched in 1994. If you were to look up videos of the FDNY before then on Website/YouTube, you would see them wearing this kind of gear.1994, and [[http://www.firenews.org/fires/b/boston/1980s/Boston011686Heath.jpg Boston,]] which switched a year later. Chicago was the last to switch.
30th Sep '17 4:38:48 AM ClintEastwood
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* TruthInTelevision: The funeral at the end of the movie. Nearly all of the hundreds of extras in dress uniforms in the procession and at the interment were real firefighters from Chicago and the surrounding area who turned out for the event as they would for a real funeral. The bagpipers in the lead were the actual Pipe & Drum Corps of the Chicago FD Emerald Society. Firefighters generally agree that the funeral was the only part of the movie that was 100% realistic.
23rd Jul '17 5:51:45 AM DanielBenner8891
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* BittersweetEnding: Brian decides to remain a firefighter despite the fact that both his brother and father died in the line of duty on the job, Swayzak's political career is likely over, and the arsons are stopped. But there are many other arsonists out there.
2nd Jul '17 4:55:36 PM fgenzo159
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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.

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** Strangely enough, one thing the characters do manage to do wrong, especially Steven McCaffery, [=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.
22nd Apr '17 2:41:34 PM eroock
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* DeadHatShot: Stephen and Brian's father's helmet is blown clear of the explosion that kills him; a LIFE magazine photographer gets a picture of Brian holding the helmet, right after his father's death.



* EmpathyDollShot: Helmet variant - Stephen and Brian's father's helmet is blown clear of the explosion that kills him; a LIFE magazine photographer gets a picture of Brian holding the helmet, right after his father's death.
19th Feb '17 4:55:36 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Mostly averted. All the scenes at Bull's boat were shot on the bank of the Chicago River; the big drawbridge in the background still exists, and operates, in Chicago as of 2013.
11th Aug '16 8:52:26 PM Mdumas43073
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In [[UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} The Windy City]], young Brian [=McCaffery=] (William Baldwin) is a man going from one dead-end job to another, until he gets it in his head to be a firefighter alongside his brother, Stephen "Bull" [=McCaffery=] (Creator/KurtRussell), and the men of the Engine 17 crew. Brian's past precedes him; he was photographed at the scene of his firefighter father's death by arson, as he watched from the ground. Now, in the present day, another arsonist has killed two city officials, and after Brian is transferred to the investigative division of the Fire Department, it is up to him and arson investigator Donald "Shadow" Rimgale (Robert De Niro) to sniff out the arsonist before anyone else is torched.

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In [[UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} The Windy City]], young Brian [=McCaffery=] (William Baldwin) (Baldwin) is a man going from one dead-end job to another, until he gets it in his head to be a firefighter alongside his brother, Stephen "Bull" [=McCaffery=] (Creator/KurtRussell), (Russell), and the men of the Engine 17 crew. Brian's past precedes him; he was photographed at the scene of his firefighter father's death by arson, as he watched from the ground. Now, in the present day, another arsonist has killed two city officials, and after Brian is transferred to the investigative division of the Fire Department, it is up to him and arson investigator Donald "Shadow" Rimgale (Robert De (De Niro) to sniff out the arsonist before anyone else is torched.
11th Aug '16 8:51:44 PM Mdumas43073
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19th May '16 7:02:13 PM Nylsa
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* StuntDouble: Partly averted; the end credits actually include the stars among the stunt team.
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.]]
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