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Encyclopedia > Ladder 49
Ladder 49
Directed by Jay Russell
Produced by Casey Silver
Written by Lewis Colick
Starring Joaquin Phoenix
John Travolta
Jacinda Barrett
Morris Chestnut
Robert Patrick
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Beacon Communications
Release date(s) October 1, 2004 (USA)
Running time 115 min
Language English
IMDb profile

Ladder 49 is a 2004 drama movie about firefighters. It was directed by Jay Russell, and as the first fictional firefighter film since the September 11, 2001 attacks, it attempts to celebrate the firefighting profession. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This Manual of Style has the simple purpose of making things easy to read by following a consistent format — it is a style guide. ... Promotional poster for Ladder 49, deemed This work is copyrighted. ... Jay Russell (born January 10, 1960, North Little Rock, Arkansas) is a film director and also executive producerand Director of the film My Dog Skip. ... Joaquín Rafael Phoenix (pronounced IPA: ) (born October 28, 1974 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is an Academy Award nominated, Golden Globe Award winning, and Grammy Award winning American actor. ... John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, singer, entertainer and aviator. ... Jacinda Barrett (born August 2, 1972, in Brisbane, Queensland) is an Australian model turned actress. ... Morris L. Chestnut (born January 1, 1969) is an American film and television actor. ... Robert Patrick as the T-1000, in Terminator 2: Judgment Day Robert Patrick (born November 5, 1958 in Marietta, Georgia, USA) is an American actor. ... Touchstone Pictures is a film division of The Walt Disney Company established in 1984. ... Beacon Communications, LLC is the name of an American production company, which produces motion pictures for major Hollywood studios. ... October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... // Please note that these are the top grossing films that were first released in 2004; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing films for calendar year 2004. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Firefighter with an axe A firefighter, sometimes still called a fireman though women have increasingly joined firefighting units, is a person who is trained and equipped to put out fires, rescue people and in some areas provide emergency medical services. ... Jay Russell (born January 10, 1960, North Little Rock, Arkansas) is a film director and also executive producerand Director of the film My Dog Skip. ... FicTioNaL is a Gaming Legend. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly...

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Plot

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The movie opens with Jack Morrison (Phoenix) saving a man's life in a burning warehouse in Locust Point (Baltimore). However, the grain being stored in the warehouse explodes, sending Jack tumbling several floors where he breaks his leg. The film follows the efforts of the other men in his unit lead by Deputy Chief Mike Kennedy (Travolta), his longtime mentor, to rescue him while Jack tries to reach a safe area of the burning structure. Interspersed with the current rescue efforts are a series of flashbacks showing how Jack joined the fire department, his meeting with the woman who would become his wife, his relationship with his children, and the bond he formed with his fellow firefighters. Inside Green Logistics Co. ... Locust Point is a peninsular neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland. ... The word grain has several meanings, most being descriptive of a small piece or particle. ... In literature, film, television and other media, a flashback (also called analepsis) is an interjected scene that takes the narrative back in time from the current point the story has reached. ...


Although it was not the first film to be made about firefighters (Ron Howard's Backdraft was another example), it does contain a somewhat more detailed depiction of daily life in a firehouse, and the dangers posed by the job. After some time working with the firefighting unit (Engine 33) Jack takes a position as a search and rescue member (who enter the burning buildings to locate and extract people trapped by the fire) on Truck 49, making his work much more dangerous and challenging as the years pass. (Engine 33 and Truck 49 are kept at the same firehouse, Engine 33 Co, and Mike Kennedy is then only a Captain). He finds the work rewarding, but his wife is initially concerned for his safety and opposes the change; however, she eventually accepts his new role and even talks him out of taking an administrative position when it is offered to him. He suffers some traumatic experiences, such as the loss of a friend in the line of duty, and also another friend's severe injury while searching for victims. One night he is able to break through to a small girl trapped in a burning apartment, but is trapped himself briefly before being rescued. Both he and his colleague receive the Medal of Honor for their actions. Backdraft is an American movie released in 1991, directed by Ron Howard and written by Gregory Widen. ... The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. ...


Back at the grain building fire the efforts by Jack's fellow firefighters are extremely determined, and Jack does his best to reach the possible safe area that the Chief told him about. However, upon reaching that room he sees that the only exit is cut off by raging flames, and he realizes that his situation is hopeless. He radios the Chief to pull his men back, so no one else will be hurt while trying to rescue him. The Chief reluctantly agrees, and Jack accepts his fate to die in the fire. At his funeral he receives a standing ovation from his friends and family in attendance, and is carried to his resting place with full honors. The film ends by replaying memories of Jack at work and suggests that life at the firehouse will go on.

Spoilers end here.

Cast

  • Joaquin Phoenix – FF Jack Morrison
  • John Travolta – Chief (frm Capt) Mike Kennedy
  • Jacinda Barrett – Linda Morrison
  • Robert Patrick – FF Lenny Richter
  • Morris Chestnut – FF Tommy Drake
  • Billy Burke – FF Dennis Gauquin
  • Balthazar Getty – FF Ray Gauquin (Dennis' younger brother)
  • Tim Guinee – Capt Tony Corrigan
  • Kevin Chapman – FF Frank Mckinny
  • Jay Hernandez – Prob FF Keith Perez
  • Kevin Daniels – Driver Don Miller
  • Steve Maye – Pete Lamb
  • Robert Lewis – Ed Reilly (as Robert Logan Lewis)
  • Brooke Hamlin – Katie Morrison
  • Spencer Berglund – Nicky Morrison

Joaquín Rafael Phoenix (pronounced IPA: ) (born October 28, 1974 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is an Academy Award nominated, Golden Globe Award winning, and Grammy Award winning American actor. ... John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, singer, entertainer and aviator. ... Jacinda Barrett (born August 2, 1972, in Brisbane, Queensland) is an Australian model turned actress. ... Robert Patrick as the T-1000, in Terminator 2: Judgment Day Robert Patrick (born November 5, 1958 in Marietta, Georgia, USA) is an American actor. ... Morris L. Chestnut (born January 1, 1969) is an American film and television actor. ... Billy Burke was born on November 25, 1966 in Bellingham, Washington. ... Balthazar Getty in White Squall Paul Balthazar Getty (born 22 January 1975) is an American film actor. ... Jay Hernandez (born Javier Hernandez on February 20, 1978 in Montebello, California) is a Mexican-American actor. ...

Trivia

  • The movie is dedicated to Peter Donen (1953 - 31 December 2003). The credit can be seen at the end of the credits.
  • Joaquin Phoenix, who plays the film's protagonist, worked with the Baltimore fire department for a month to get a feel for the character.
  • The mayor featured in the film, Martin O'Malley, was the real Mayor of Baltimore at the time of the movie's filming.
  • The originial script written before September 11th 2001 had the movie set in New York, however after the September 11th attacks it was decided to move the set to Baltimore.
  • One of the top rated movies on the old "Ricky Gervais Show" back in its pre-podcast, Xfm days.
  • The soundtrack is by William Ross.

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See also

The following movies are listed because their primary topic involves firefighting, or because significant attention is given to some aspect of firefighters or their lives. ...

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