History Film / Backdraft

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.]]
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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