Fire Down Below

Synopsis: Environmental protection agent Jack Taggart is fighting big business types led by Orin Hanner who are dumping toxic waste somewhere in the Kentucky hills region. They also killed his fellow agent and are killing the nature of the region.
Production: Warner Home Video
  1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

I'm going to Kentucky

to check on a case.

When I'm back, we're gonna go hunting.

Do some fishing.

We'll get away from all this stuff.

I appreciate the friendship.

Means a lot to me.

Frank Elkins was found dead today.


His truck went into the Nolin River.

Broke his neck and back.

According to the police,

there was alcohol in the truck.

They say it's an accident.

I don't think so.

Three dead agents.

Two FBI a couple of nights ago,

and now Frank.

This thing started

with an anonymous letter...

...from a coal town in Kentucky...

... talking about fish acting weird,

kids getting sick. So Frank went in.

He sent back soil and water samples...

... that were off the charts from

this town, Jackson.

Frank found out the

Hanner Coal Company was dumping...

... thousands of barrels of deadly

toxic waste in abandoned coal mines.

Something's going on down there,

and somebody's hiding it.

Jesus Christ, Jack! You and

your goddamn conspiracy theories.

We're dealing with hillbillies that

know their country better than we do.

I want you to go in,

find the dump...

... find the people who're putting it

there and bring me back a witness.

If we don't have a witness

who'll testify, we got nothing.

When was the last time

I gave you "nothing"?

Your contact in Kentucky

is a preacher named Bob Goodall.

Let's do this thing right for Frank.

How do you do, sir?

Bob Goodall.

- Nice to meet you.

- Glad to meet you.

Welcome to Kentucky.

- You're the preacher.

- That's right.

How come you ain't wearing

a preacher collar?

I'm a country preacher.

- You all dress like that?

- Yes, sir.

Very nice.

You play a little guitar?

Every now and then.

This is it.

Here's your bathroom here.

Radio picked up two stations,

but one's out of business.

Here's as good a list of folks

to start with as any.

Like I say, they don't talk much.

People keep to themselves.

Your best bet is to start easy.

Fix a few porches.

Get to know them a little bit.

- Take a little time.

- That's right.

I don't know how much time I'll have,

but I'll do the best I can.

Mister, Mom said

you might be thirsty.

Your mama's right.

What's your name?


That's a pretty name.

How about you?


That's pretty.

And you?

Her name's Rose,

but she don't talk yet.

She don't? She kind of shy?


Have you came

to fix the roof on top of me?

- Yes, I have.

- Why?

Because I think it needs fixing.


You're welcome.

You here just with your mama?

And Papa, but he's not home.

He works in the mines.

And Walter, our brother, he's sick.

Walter's sick?

What kind of sick?

I don't know, just sick.

Maybe I should say hello to him

and cheer him up.

Sure, come on in.

Hi, Walter. How you doing?

You drawing a picture?

What's this one here?

Is this a helicopter...

...or a UFO?

He's shy.

It's not a helicopter. This is a UFO.

That's what I thought.

See a lot of them around here?

He's sick.

No, I'm not.

How long has the boy

been sick like this?

What kind of sickness you have?

It's a kind of a rash.

Does that itch or bleed or anything?

You get dizzy and feel like

you want to throw up?

Reverend said you work on the outside.

Yes, sir.

The boy was sick.

I came in to cheer him up.

You're a good artist, I'm telling you.

That's good.

A little more. That's it.

Hover right there.

Hold her there. Let her down.

My daddy wants to know

who the hell he is.

Maybe it's time I had a talk with him.

Have the boys

scare him a little first.

Good morning. I think

we got everything you ordered.

That'll be $75.

It's not free?


No free goods.

Here's your change,

and you come back and see us.

I'm going to do that.

Two beautiful twins like you.

- Gets a man thinking.

- Bye-bye.

How's the fishing around these parts?

I like a perch dinner

with fried potatoes.

You catch perch about now?

- No, I'm sweeping steps right now.

- He's working.

You better leave him alone.

Ask old Cotton too many questions,

he can't concentrate.

Be worth nothing the rest of the day.

Mrs. Hamill don't like that.

I'm sorry. That won't happen again.

I'm just here doing God's work.

Got any questions, you can ask me.

Good enough.

What are you doing?

- We got company.

- I got him.

What the f*** are you doing here?

I was taking a little Sunday stroll.

I guess maybe...'s not Sunday.

A fine time to take a walk

in our marijuana field!

It's tough, huh?

This is tough.

We're deep in country here.

Is it kind of like Deliverance?


I guess I should be kind of scared.

"You got a pretty mouth, boy."

I got no business with you.

Watch them, boy.

Don't let them do nothing wrong.

My jaw!

Son of a b*tch broke my jaw.


That was wonderful singing, everybody.

I believe we're getting better

all the time.

Before we get to the brunch part

of our services today...

...we have a special visitor

to the community, Mr. Jack Taggert.

He's donated his time to help us...

...with any kind of carpenter problems

that any of you may have.

I know everybody's got

a piece of wood busted somewhere.

Henry, he already helped

put a roof on at your place.

During lunch, stop by

and say hello to Jack Taggert.

Make him feel welcome.

Deacon, would you lead us

in a benediction?

May the Lord bless us and keep us...

...and His face shine upon us. Amen.


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Jeb Stuart

Jeb Stuart (born 1956) is an American film director, film producer and screenwriter. more…

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