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By Lou Cedrone | May 24, 1991
IF ''BACKDRAFT'' were rated on its special effects alone, it would deserve a 10. Unfortunately, a movie of this sort can travel so far on special effects, then it needs plot.Ah, but those special effects! It's amazing that anyone could stage all this for the screen. It's equally amazing that no one died during the filming.Fire is treated as something of an "other presence" in this film, and it is. Ron Howard directed, and he and his crew have managed some spectacular conflagration. This is a movie in which flames are almost beautiful.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH | November 25, 2008
Starring Russell Crowe, Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell Directed by Ron Howard Universal Home Video $39.98 *** 1/2 Ron Howard is far from Hollywood's most consistent director. He can be awful, as in 2000's charmless The Grinch. But when he's on, he's very on. This four-film, eight-disc collection, filled with deleted scenes, documentaries and other extras, brings together two of his best, 2001's A Beautiful Mind, which won a Best Picture Oscar, and 1995's Apollo 13, which should have. It includes the middling Backdraft (1991)
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By Los Angeles Times | October 4, 1990
HOLLYWOOD -- Jennifer Jason Leigh plays the girlfriend of Billy Baldwin, and Scott Glenn plays a veteran fireman in "Backdraft," Imagine Films' thriller about an arson investigation in Chicago, which also stars Kurt Russell. Ron Howard will direct and Richard B. Lewis will produce Greg Widen's screenplay. Filming on the Universal release began in the Windy City during the summer.Donald Sutherland will star opposite Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh in Paramount's "Dead Again," which Branagh will also direct.
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July 10, 1991
Here are the top 10 films at the box office over the weekend, with distributor, weekend gross, total gross, number of weeks in release:1 "Terminator 2:Judgment Day" Tri-Star $52.3 million $52.3 million 12 "The Naked Gun 2 1/2 :The Smell of Fear" Paramount $16.8 million $43.2 million 23 "Robin Hood,Prince of Thieves" Warner Bros. $14.7 million $97.7 million 44 "City Slickers" Columbia $11.2 million $74.6 million 55 "Problem Child 2" Buena Vista $7.6 million $7.6 million 16 "The Rocketeer" Buena Vista $7.6 million $31.2 million 37 "Dying Young" Fox $4.5 million $24.5 million 38 "Backdraft" Universal $3.8 million $64.5 million 79 "Soapdish" Paramount $3.1 million $31 million 610 "Thelma & Louise" MGM-Pathe $2.8 million $32.5 million 7
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | May 24, 1991
Backdraft" has spectacle, it has stars, it has love, death, pain and lots of fire. But what it needed most was a final draft.The movie, covering a heroic bunch of firefighters in Chicago, seems like a jumble of scenes from a variety of unrelated "fire" projects. Some of the stories it tells don't even really touch some of the other stories.And director Ron Howard, who has been a quiet technician of high craft level and low ego level (as in "Splash" and "Parenthood"), is suddenly coming on like an auteur, filling the movie with attention-milking stylistic tropes while a truly wretched score beats you on the skull with a tambourine.
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By Lou Cedrone | May 22, 1991
Kurt Russell says he was drawn to his new film, ''Backdraft,'' because ''there is something old-fashioned about the fire department, something very sweet. It has dignity.''Ron Howard was another inducement. Like Russell, Howard was a child star. Like Russell, Howard made the professional transition to adulthood. Howard went on to become a director, Russell continued as an actor.''I've always wanted to do a film with Ron,'' said Russell. ''We never had the opportunity to work with each other.
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July 10, 1991
Here are the top 10 films at the box office over the weekend, with distributor, weekend gross, total gross, number of weeks in release:1 "Terminator 2:Judgment Day" Tri-Star $52.3 million $52.3 million 12 "The Naked Gun 2 1/2 :The Smell of Fear" Paramount $16.8 million $43.2 million 23 "Robin Hood,Prince of Thieves" Warner Bros. $14.7 million $97.7 million 44 "City Slickers" Columbia $11.2 million $74.6 million 55 "Problem Child 2" Buena Vista $7.6 million $7.6 million 16 "The Rocketeer" Buena Vista $7.6 million $31.2 million 37 "Dying Young" Fox $4.5 million $24.5 million 38 "Backdraft" Universal $3.8 million $64.5 million 79 "Soapdish" Paramount $3.1 million $31 million 610 "Thelma & Louise" MGM-Pathe $2.8 million $32.5 million 7
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH | November 25, 2008
Starring Russell Crowe, Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell Directed by Ron Howard Universal Home Video $39.98 *** 1/2 Ron Howard is far from Hollywood's most consistent director. He can be awful, as in 2000's charmless The Grinch. But when he's on, he's very on. This four-film, eight-disc collection, filled with deleted scenes, documentaries and other extras, brings together two of his best, 2001's A Beautiful Mind, which won a Best Picture Oscar, and 1995's Apollo 13, which should have. It includes the middling Backdraft (1991)
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By Robin D. Givhan and Pat Morgan and Robin D. Givhan and Pat Morgan,Knight-Ridder | June 12, 1991
Ever since "American Gigolo" proved that real men wear Armani, trendoids have been drawing fashion inspiration from the silver screen."Out of Africa" gave us safari style and sent shoppers swarming to Banana Republic. "Amadeus' " legacy was romantic poet shirts. "The Untouchables" brought back gangster chic and proved that even the bad guys sometimes wear Armani.And unfortunately, "Saturday Night Fever" somehow made us think white suits and open-neck black shirts were suave. We hope all of you know better by now.More recent attempts to influence our sartorial statements -- "Dick Tracy," for instance -- have been less successful.
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By Lou Cedrone | May 23, 1991
*''Backdraft'' Kurt Russell and William Baldwin are Chicago ,, firefighters whose lives are endangered by an arsonist.* ''Drop Dead Fred'' A comedy/fantasy in which Phoebe Cates is a young woman whose imaginary childhood friend reappears when she is in trouble.''Thelma and Louise'' A film starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis as two friends who take to the road when one of them kills a rapist.* ''Hudson Hawk'' Bruce Willis is a cat burglar who wants to retire but is forced to do one last job.''Only the Lonely'' A John Hughes comedy in which John Candy is an aging bachelor with an overly possessive mother.
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By Robin D. Givhan and Pat Morgan and Robin D. Givhan and Pat Morgan,Knight-Ridder | June 12, 1991
Ever since "American Gigolo" proved that real men wear Armani, trendoids have been drawing fashion inspiration from the silver screen."Out of Africa" gave us safari style and sent shoppers swarming to Banana Republic. "Amadeus' " legacy was romantic poet shirts. "The Untouchables" brought back gangster chic and proved that even the bad guys sometimes wear Armani.And unfortunately, "Saturday Night Fever" somehow made us think white suits and open-neck black shirts were suave. We hope all of you know better by now.More recent attempts to influence our sartorial statements -- "Dick Tracy," for instance -- have been less successful.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | May 24, 1991
Backdraft" has spectacle, it has stars, it has love, death, pain and lots of fire. But what it needed most was a final draft.The movie, covering a heroic bunch of firefighters in Chicago, seems like a jumble of scenes from a variety of unrelated "fire" projects. Some of the stories it tells don't even really touch some of the other stories.And director Ron Howard, who has been a quiet technician of high craft level and low ego level (as in "Splash" and "Parenthood"), is suddenly coming on like an auteur, filling the movie with attention-milking stylistic tropes while a truly wretched score beats you on the skull with a tambourine.
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By Lou Cedrone | May 24, 1991
IF ''BACKDRAFT'' were rated on its special effects alone, it would deserve a 10. Unfortunately, a movie of this sort can travel so far on special effects, then it needs plot.Ah, but those special effects! It's amazing that anyone could stage all this for the screen. It's equally amazing that no one died during the filming.Fire is treated as something of an "other presence" in this film, and it is. Ron Howard directed, and he and his crew have managed some spectacular conflagration. This is a movie in which flames are almost beautiful.
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By Lou Cedrone | May 22, 1991
Kurt Russell says he was drawn to his new film, ''Backdraft,'' because ''there is something old-fashioned about the fire department, something very sweet. It has dignity.''Ron Howard was another inducement. Like Russell, Howard was a child star. Like Russell, Howard made the professional transition to adulthood. Howard went on to become a director, Russell continued as an actor.''I've always wanted to do a film with Ron,'' said Russell. ''We never had the opportunity to work with each other.
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By Los Angeles Times | October 4, 1990
HOLLYWOOD -- Jennifer Jason Leigh plays the girlfriend of Billy Baldwin, and Scott Glenn plays a veteran fireman in "Backdraft," Imagine Films' thriller about an arson investigation in Chicago, which also stars Kurt Russell. Ron Howard will direct and Richard B. Lewis will produce Greg Widen's screenplay. Filming on the Universal release began in the Windy City during the summer.Donald Sutherland will star opposite Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh in Paramount's "Dead Again," which Branagh will also direct.
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February 20, 1992
Here is a complete list of nominees for the 64th annual Academy Awards announced yesterday:Picture: "Beauty and the Beast," "Bugsy," "JFK," "The Prince of Tides," "The Silence of the Lambs."Actor: Warren Beatty, "Bugsy"; Robert De Niro, "Cape Fear"; Anthony Hopkins, "The Silence of the Lambs"; Nick Nolte, "The Prince of Tides"; Robin Williams, "The Fisher King."Actress: Geena Davis, "Thelma & Louise"; Laura Dern, "Rambling Rose"; Jodie Foster, "The Silence of the Lambs"; Bette Midler, "For the Boys"; Susan Sarandon, "Thelma & Louise."
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March 1, 1998
James Algar, 85, who brought nature and history documentaries as well as animated classics to Disney fans for 43 years, died Thursday in Carmel, Calif. He was best known for the Disney True Life Adventure Series he directed, including the episodes "Beaver Valley," "Bear Country" and "The Living Desert."Dr. George H. Hitchings, 92, who won the Nobel Prize in medicine for helping pioneer research techniques used by the modern pharmaceutical industry, died Friday in Chapel Hill, N.C. He and research partner Gertrude Elion won the Nobel Prize in 1988 for work that led to drugs for AIDS, herpes, leukemia and malaria, sharing the prize with Sir James W. Black of Britain.
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