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No offense to the real firefighters in this thread but I enjoy Backdraft as big budget entertainment and not a documentary on real Firefighting.

I’m that regard I think it succeeds.
Not a firefighter. Even as dumb escapist entertainment, I've always found this movie to be pretty poor.
 
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Godzilla 1998 and now this in 4K UHD- why god why??
 

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No offense to those in the fire-fighting profession, but Backdraft is one of my favorites from the 1990's. Never took it for 'fact-based' how-to fight a fire. It's a story of family succession, sibling rivalry, and ultimately, the redemption of two brothers who carried a life-long grudge, almost to the point of no return. Has a great cast giving great performances, some amazing special effects, and a good solid mystery at its core. Everyone involved did their utmost to make 'an entertainment'.

If I want a documentary on fire-fighting I'll watch one, thanks.

If I want to be told a good yarn I'll take Backdraft - hands down - over Ladder 49 or any of the other 'fire-themed' fluff that's gone after it. Just an opinion.

And, just in case - went to see it with two friends when it originally came out theatrically - one who was a fireman, the other whose father and brother were firemen. Neither complained. In fact we all enjoyed it, and the capping off of a great evening at the show with pizza and talk at an adjacent restaurant made for a memorable night. Thank you, Ron Howard! Wouldn't trade that experience for anything.

Apologies to those who think it's crap. But it isn't. It's fantasy and drama and damn good at both those aspirations. Want reality - look out any window.
 

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Yeah, I don't think it was ever intended to be a documentary. My uncle was a firefighter and he enjoyed it at the time.
Probably worked for NYFD. ;)
 

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What does that mean?
This, to me, suggests an insiders humor and respectful rivalry between two groups who were active participants within their field; no different than those who played for the Lakers vs. those who played for the Celtics.
 
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This, to me, suggests an insiders humor and respectful rivalry between two groups who were active participants within their field; no different than those who played for the Lakers vs. those who played for the Celtics.
Perhaps. Without clarification I don’t know what he meant. I just hope it wasn’t a knock of any kind against the brave NYFD.
 

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