Ladder 49

Release Date: October 1, 2004

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The films coming out of Hollywood about firefighters have been few and far between. However, since the tragedies of September 11, 2001, we are starting to see more of them in development. This film from Touchstone has brought together some big name stars (John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix, Robert Patick) along with veteran director Jay Russell and screenwriter Lewis Colick to bring a firefighter’s story to the big screen.

Phoenix plays a firefighter named Jack who is trapped inside a burning building. It looks like this is the end of Jack’s life and he reflects back on his life and his career as a firefighter while waiting for his company to come save him. The rescue effort is led by Jack’s former captain, now fire chief, Kennedy (Travolta). He has always seen his fire department as a family and they are always there to protect one of their own.

This film should get a lot of attention before its release. The studio put a great deal of effort into making this a realistic look at firefighting. The stars went through the same training that real-life firefighters go through and most of the extras were actual firefighters from departments across the country. This realism effort actually led to a one-year delay in the release date so that it would be ready for audiences. Let’s hope this starts a trend toward some quality films about today’s everyday heroes. (Marty Doskins/BOP)

Vital statistics for Ladder 49
Main Cast Joaquin Phoenix, John Travolta
Supporting Cast Robert Patrick, Morris Chestnut, Balthazar Getty, Brooke Hamlin, Jacinda Barrett, Kevin Chapman, Scott Cooper
Director Jay Russell
Screenwriter Lewis Colick
Distributor Touchstone Pictures
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating PG-13
Running Time 115 minutes
Screen Count 3,260
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

Comparison films for Ladder 49
Adjusted Opening
Total BO
Adjusted Total
Signs 8/2/0260.12 62.50 3264 18418.00 18418.0 227.97 237.02 3.79
Backdraft * 5/24/9115.72 22.51 1852 8488.00 11693.7 77.48 110.97 4.93
Collateral Damage 2/8/0215.06 15.65 2824 5332.00 5332.0 40.05 41.63 2.66
Domestic Disturbance 11/2/0114.03 14.97 2910 4822.00 4950.0 45.21 48.25 3.22
Basic 3/28/0311.51 11.51 2876 4003.00 4003.0 26.60 26.60 2.31
Frequency 4/28/009.03 10.10 2621 3445.00 3707.1 44.98 50.31 4.98



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