Synopsis: A rookie firefighter tries to earn the respect of his older brother and other firefighters while taking part in an investigation of a string of arson/murders. This detailed look into the duties and private lives of firemen naturally features widespread pyrotechnics and special effects.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Ron Howard
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
137 min

[Brian] Leave me alone, will ya? You think you're so smart.

[Stephen] Would you stay still already?

[Stephen] What a geek!

- I'm not a geek!

- You're doing it wrong!

- Shut up!

- You're doing it wrong.

- It doesn't go like that.

- Who asked you?

- Who's your brother?

- You are, Stevie!

You do it like this, it'll open up in a fire,

you'll get burned and die.

[Fire Bell]

Let's go!

What d'you got, Adcox, a big deal?

Medium deal, Captain.

Hey, Brian, want to come along?

- Dad...

- Stephen, you've come a dozen times.

Give your brother a chance. What d'you say?

We'll be back in a minute. How about it?

- Sure!

- Come on!

- Pull the cord, Brian!

- [Horn Blast]


- Give it a yank, a good pull.

- [Horn Blast]

You've gotta get these cars outta the way.

- Give it another yank!

- [Horn Blast]

[Horn Blast]

[Horn Blast]

Well, there it is, right over there. See it?


You stay near the truck now.

That doesn't look too bad.

Drop two lines and hold the squad.

Everything I own in the whole world is up there.

All my stuff's up there!

Adcox! Ladder up!

Hey, that's your old man up there, Brian.

Nice grab, Captain!

Take it easy. You'll be okay.

We got it! Come on.


Hold on, Adcox. Is that a gas line?

- [Scream]

- Dad!

Hey, Brian! Brian McCaffrey, got some I.D.?

Hey, Willie! I'll give you I.D.!

- The littlest McCaffrey!

- How you doin'?

Hot off the presses, boys! Station assignments!

Hey, McCaffrey! Station assignments!

Why don't you hold onto that for me, huh?

Something wrong with my eyesight?

You really trying this fireman thing again?

- Quitting once wasn't good enough?

- It's in the blood.

- Is that right?

- Willie, you owe me a brew!

Hold on! I'm talking to the fire chief!

Let's look and see what else was in your blood.

I always looked forward to getting these.

- You hold onto those, huh?

- Whoa! I got station 17!

"Aspen Snowmobile Tours. Brian McCaffrey, Sales."

It didn't offer the growth and challenge that I needed.


"Cattle Drive Mobile Log Cabins."

- That was in your blood six months?

- The coffee sucked.

"Brian's Sound Spectrum, Direct Hi-end Stereo Sales."

This is your own company. This was a big step, huh?

I was ahead of my time, Willie.


What's the matter with you? Aren't you even curious?

Engine 115, right?

How'd you know, you prick? These are supposed to be sealed.

Lucky guess.

And a case of Scotch to the captain at station assignments.

You crooked son-of-a-b*tch!

[Alarm Chirp]

[Horn Blast]


Make us proud, guys!

McCaffrey, that's my cousin's company.

Come on!

[Speaking Lithuanian]

Calm down, Mrs. Vaitkus.

[Speaking Lithuanian]

Mrs. Vaitkus, please, calm down.

[Speaking Lithuanian]

McCaffrey, I think it's a box, or a 211, at least.

- Just give me one minute.

- Hurry, we can't miss this one!

- Hey.

- Hi, Jen.

- I see your grandma's still--

- Yeah, she still hates you.

- You look great.

- Thanks, how long you been in town?

Four months.

- Oh, really.

- But I, uh...

I've been really busy at the academy.

I graduated today.

I can see that.

So what have you been up to?

Well, uh... I work at city hall, actually.

No kidding? That's great!

So... I don't know what--

Maybe you and I could... could get together for a beer.

A beer?

Beer... that's--

It's funny. You're acting like I just saw you last week.

When I haven't seen you in what... six years?

You son-of-a-b*tch!

Don't want ya overheatin', Brian!

I'll give you overheatin'!

Easy, man. I don't have time for this bullshit.

Well, you've certainly matured.

Well, it's nice to know we can still be friends.

Come on, Brian. We got a fire to go to.

Engine 17, your pressure's fine.

Get out of the way here, please.

Officers, you're standing around with your thumb up your asses.

- Where you going?

- I'm a fireman.


Whoo-hoo! Whoo-hoo!

Need a second lead-out?

What the f*** are you talking about?

- Get out of here!

- Brian!

This is the real sh*t, man!

The real thing!

Well, what do we got here?

A fireman's costume, huh?

[Coughing] Where'd you rent it?

Thanks for coming to my graduation today, brother.

You're a real inspiration to me.

I'm sorry, man.

You're really ready to fight fire this time, huh, Brian?


It just doesn't work on you, little brother.

- I'll see you around.

- Not likely.

You see, that's where you're wrong already.

I talked to Chief Fitzgerald.

He decided maybe you shouldn't be way on the other side of town...

where I'd never get to see you.

Starting tomorrow, you're going to be...

with the toughest company in the city.

One case of Scotch, Brian?

Man, you're gettin' cheap in your old age.

[Adcox] Get oughta here, girls.

You should learn not to box when the 17's on the job.

Hey, Inspector Rimgale, she's all yours.

Hey, give me a shot of that, will ya?

[Stephen] Hey, Shadow.

So, you gotta cause there?

Mice with matches.

Well, the glory boys are going to have to...

wait a few days on this one.

[Dog Barking]



Hey, buddy. What's goin' on?

It's Uncle Brian.

You'll remember this.


We don't need no stinkin' spinach!

- Mom! Mom!

- Hey...

Hey, what's--

Come here. It's okay.

- Hello?

- Yeah?

- Brian...

- Hey, Helen.

God, I'd about written you off.

I know, well--

So, uh... What's goin' on?

- Can I come in for a second?

- Sure.

- How you doin'?

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Gregory Widen

Gregory Widen is an American screenwriter and film director. He is the creator of the Highlander film and television franchise, and the writer-director of the cult horror film The Prophecy. more…

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