Backdraft begins as the story of estranged fire-fighting brothers (Kurt Russell, William Baldwin) but gets sidetracked by some mumbo jumbo about fire as a ”living thing” before serving up Scott Glenn as a fireman-turned-serial arsonist. The overcooked plot not only feels forced (and false), it also shoves aside the family saga that made us care in the first place. C
Genre: Drama, Action/Adventure; Starring: William Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell, Rebecca De Mornay, Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Donald Sutherland, J.T. Walsh; Director: Ron Howard; Author: Gregory Widen; Producer (person): Brian Grazer; Runtime (in minutes): 132; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Universal
Posted May 9 1997 — 12:00 AM EDT
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