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28th Apr '17 8:38:05 PM Mdumas43073
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2004 film that follows the life and heroics of Baltimore City Firefighter Jack Morrison (Creator/JoaquinPhoenix) from his first day on the job to his last fire, the focal point of the film. It also stars Creator/JohnTravolta as Deputy Chief Mike Kennedy, his former Captain with whom he develops a very close friendship, and [[Series/TheRealWorld Jacinda Barrett]] as Linda, Jack's eventual wife.

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A 2004 film drama film, directed by Jay Russell, that follows the life and heroics of Baltimore City Firefighter Jack Morrison (Creator/JoaquinPhoenix) from his first day on the job to his last fire, the focal point of the film. It also stars Creator/JohnTravolta as Deputy Chief Mike Kennedy, his former Captain with whom he develops a very close friendship, and [[Series/TheRealWorld Jacinda Barrett]] as Linda, Jack's eventual wife.
31st Aug '16 7:41:22 PM YT45
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* VitriolicBestBuds: The firefighters frequently prank and insult eachother, and Jack and Lenny almost come to blows once while off-duty. Each of them is willing to risk death or disfiguring injury for the others.
31st Aug '16 7:38:24 PM YT45
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2004 film that follows the life and heroics of firefighter Jack Morrison (Creator/JoaquinPhoenix) from his first day on the job to his last fire, the focal point of the film. It also stars Creator/JohnTravolta as Deputy Chief Mike Kennedy, his former Captain with whom he develops a very close friendship, and [[Series/TheRealWorld Jacinda Barrett]] as Linda, Jack's eventual wife.

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2004 film that follows the life and heroics of firefighter Baltimore City Firefighter Jack Morrison (Creator/JoaquinPhoenix) from his first day on the job to his last fire, the focal point of the film. It also stars Creator/JohnTravolta as Deputy Chief Mike Kennedy, his former Captain with whom he develops a very close friendship, and [[Series/TheRealWorld Jacinda Barrett]] as Linda, Jack's eventual wife.



* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:Jack has Mike call off the others after he sees his death as inevitable.]]
* FacialHorror: Tommy's face is severely burned after a steam pipe ruptures next to him and he has to get skin grafts. He is afraid to let his children see him and Jack's son is shaken up after he hears about it at school.

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* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:Jack has Mike call off the others after he sees his death as inevitable.inevitable and that the rest of his crew are putting themselves at risk with no hope of reaching him in time.]]
* FacialHorror: Tommy's Firefighter Tommy Drake's face is severely burned after a steam pipe ruptures next to him and he has to get skin grafts. He is afraid to let his children see him and Jack's son is shaken up after he hears about it at school.



* InitiationCeremony: Jack gets chastised on his first day at work for being late by a seemingly drunken Mike, who then stands up to show that he is not wearing pants, and is then taken to a [[NunsNRosaries mock confessional]] set up by the other firefighters with Lenny as the "priest". The process is repeated for another new firefighter later on, [[spoiler:with Mike letting the rookie in on the joke to turn the tables on Lenny.]]

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* InitiationCeremony: Jack gets chastised on his first day at work for being late by a seemingly drunken Mike, seemingly-Drunk Captain Mike Kennedy, who then stands up to show that he is not wearing pants, and is then taken to a [[NunsNRosaries mock confessional]] set up by the other firefighters with Lenny Richter as the "priest". The process is repeated for another new firefighter later on, [[spoiler:with Mike letting the rookie in on the joke to turn the tables on Lenny.Lenny by claiming to be gay.]]



** Also, when the firehouse is in mourning over Dennis' recent death, Lenny suggests that it was Dennis' own fault, provoking turmoil in the house.

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** Also, when the firehouse is in mourning over Dennis' recent death, Lenny suggests that it was Dennis' own fault, provoking turmoil in the house.house, though it is clear that Lenny is mourning him, too.


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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: As abrasive as Lenny is, he's nevertheless devoted to his job and his fellow firefighters. While trying to rescue Jack, Lenny's circular saw fails, [[{{Determinator}} prompting him to try to break through steel with his bare (well, actually gloved) hands]] while shouting for someone to get him another saw.


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* RankUp: Captain Kennedy gets promoted to Battalion Chief, then Deputy Chief over the course of the story.
31st Aug '16 7:21:34 PM YT45
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2004 film that follows the life and heroics of firefighter Jack Morrison (Creator/JoaquinPhoenix) from his first day on the job to his last fire, the focal point of the film. It also stars Creator/JohnTravolta as Deputy Chief Mike Kennedy, his boss with whom he develops a very close friendship, and [[Series/TheRealWorld Jacinda Barrett]] as Linda, Jack's eventual wife.

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2004 film that follows the life and heroics of firefighter Jack Morrison (Creator/JoaquinPhoenix) from his first day on the job to his last fire, the focal point of the film. It also stars Creator/JohnTravolta as Deputy Chief Mike Kennedy, his boss former Captain with whom he develops a very close friendship, and [[Series/TheRealWorld Jacinda Barrett]] as Linda, Jack's eventual wife.
29th Apr '16 7:13:38 PM bassmedic87
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* MeaningfulFuneral: Dennis'[[spoiler:, and later Jack's]]. In the film commentary it is noted that hundreds of actual firefighters came from all over the country to participate in these sequences.

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* MeaningfulFuneral: Dennis'[[spoiler:, and later Jack's]]. In the film commentary it is noted that hundreds of actual firefighters came from all over the country to participate in these sequences. This is also TruthInTelevision; a real firefighter's funeral procession consists of representatives from fire departments across the country.
27th Nov '15 1:44:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler:DeathByFlashback: The entire film.]]
* [[spoiler:DownerEnding: Jack is unsuccessful escaping, as the only possible exit out of the burning grain elevator turns out to be completely engulfed in flames. Jack radios this to Mike and insists he calls off the other firefighters, who evacuate. Jack dies inside the building.]]

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* [[spoiler:DeathByFlashback: The %%* DeathByFlashback: [[spoiler:The entire film.]]
* [[spoiler:DownerEnding: Jack DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Jack is unsuccessful escaping, as the only possible exit out of the burning grain elevator turns out to be completely engulfed in flames. Jack radios this to Mike and insists he calls off the other firefighters, who evacuate. Jack dies inside the building.]]



* [[spoiler:EndingMemorialService: Mike delivers Jack's eulogy.]]

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* [[spoiler:EndingMemorialService: Mike EndingMemorialService: [[spoiler:Mike delivers Jack's eulogy.]]



* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: Jack himself at the end.]]

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* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: Jack %%* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Jack himself at the end.]]
6th Nov '15 8:04:40 PM nombretomado
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2004 film that follows the life and heroics of firefighter Jack Morrison (Creator/JoaquinPhoenix) from his first day on the job to his last fire, the focal point of the film. It also stars Creator/JohnTravolta as Deputy Chief Mike Kennedy, his boss with whom he develops a very close friendship, and [[TheRealWorld Jacinda Barrett]] as Linda, Jack's eventual wife.

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2004 film that follows the life and heroics of firefighter Jack Morrison (Creator/JoaquinPhoenix) from his first day on the job to his last fire, the focal point of the film. It also stars Creator/JohnTravolta as Deputy Chief Mike Kennedy, his boss with whom he develops a very close friendship, and [[TheRealWorld [[Series/TheRealWorld Jacinda Barrett]] as Linda, Jack's eventual wife.
16th Feb '15 9:08:15 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* ShownTheirWork: Generally a far more accurate portrayal of the life of a firefighter then the similar movie Film/{{Backdraft}}, including [[spoiler:the seemingly pointless deaths and maimings in the line of duty]], and showing a wider variety of the calls that a firefighter must respond to.

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* ShownTheirWork: Generally a far more accurate portrayal of the life of a firefighter then the similar movie Film/{{Backdraft}}, ''Film/{{Backdraft}}'', including [[spoiler:the seemingly pointless deaths and maimings in the line of duty]], and showing a wider variety of the calls that a firefighter must respond to.
14th Dec '14 4:45:34 PM TVRulezAgain
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* ShownTheirWork: Generally a far more accurate portrayal of the life of a firefighter then the similar movie {{Backdraft}}, including [[spoiler:the seemingly pointless deaths and maimings in the line of duty]], and showing a wider variety of the calls that a firefighter must respond to.

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* ShownTheirWork: Generally a far more accurate portrayal of the life of a firefighter then the similar movie {{Backdraft}}, Film/{{Backdraft}}, including [[spoiler:the seemingly pointless deaths and maimings in the line of duty]], and showing a wider variety of the calls that a firefighter must respond to.
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