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Man on Fire (1987)





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An agent newly retired from the CIA (Scott Glenn) agrees to become an Italian businessman's bodyguard in this adventure film. Things fall apart though, when terrorists kidnap the Italian's daughter and the agent must rescue her. ~ John Bush, Rovi
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Vestron Video

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Scott Glenn
as Creasy
Jade Malle
as Samantha "Sam" Balletto
Joe Pesci
as David
Brooke Adams
as Jane Balletto
Jonathan Pryce
as Michael
Paul Shenar
as Ettore Balletto
Laura Morante
as Julia, David's Wife
Inigo Lezzi
as Bellu
Manfredi Aliquo
as Policeman
James Bradell
as School Guard
Lou Castel
as Violente
Fabio Bussotti
as Policeman
Frederica Tatulli
as Elio's Wife
Anita Zagaria
as Conti's Wife
Alexanre Lopez
as Man in Street
Angela Finocchiaro
as Foot Race Pro
Enrico Papa
as Claudio
Luigi Mezzanotte
as Kidnapper
Piero Vida
as Kidnaper
Lucas Orlandini
as Boy at Party
Anna Papa
as Claudio
Antoine Reb
as Man in Porno Theater
Leonardo Petrillo
as Policeman
Alexandre Lopez
as Man in Street
Allesandro Spadorcia
as Man in Street
Martine Malle
as Prostitute
Marie Sellers
as Prostitute
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The relationship between the girl and the bodyguard felt forced and unloving which doesn't really sell it when he goes on the warpath. This feels budget and dated and kind of bored me. I never thought I'd say it, but bring on the Tony Scott version.

Paul Davis
Paul Davis

I thought that the Scott Glenn movie doesn't go into the book as much as the denzel Washington remake but I found Scott Glenn character more in line with the books character and was more similar than denzel. I know it is just a movie but I would have thought that the movie could have been better if they done it like the book as the remake (denzel) twisted certain elements and since it spawned a series of novels with greasy moving on and getting into more conflicts I thought that there could have been another series of films rather than the one off that was done though they can still do another film as nothing is impossible. If you haven't read the book the film is based on then I suggest that you read it as there is more depth to the character and some background story to it. I think that I had read the book after seeing the film starring Scott Glenn as I had never heard of the author before reading the book man on fire. The Scott Glenn movie may be a little dated as for the time that it was made but there is good value with the amount of stars that are in the movie and if you liked the remake it will be worth a look at the original as the book is set in Italy and this original movie is as well and I still feel that denzel Washington is too young for to play the character as he is an ex-legionnaire and had served in the army for decades. I do like the remake but it could have done without the words coming up on the screen at certain points of the film and I would have loved it if he done what greasy had done in the book as he started at the little guys that carried out the actual kidnapping then ended up going after the top man in the mafia.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

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This heart-wrenching story is a MUST SEE! Filled with violence and revenge. Not for little kids to look at. A little gory but well worth the admission

Deb S
Deb S

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