Ladder 49 (Widescreen)

Starring: John Travolta & Joaquin Phoenix Director: Jay Russell  Rated: PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned for Children Under 13
Their greatest challenge lies in rescuing one of their own
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 55 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2004
  • Label: Touchstone / Disney
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - French
    • THX Certified
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Shorts: EVERYDAY HEROES: REAL STORIES FROM REAL FIRE FIGHTERS
    • Making Of LADDER 49

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Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 10/08/2004
"The movie is a quiet salute; it does its job....And it's got quiet, sturdy performances to match."
Los Angeles Times - 10/01/2004
"As a loving tribute to the courage and sacrifice of firefighters, it's first-class."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/04/2005
"[An] uncommonly effective film..."

Product Description:

Joaquin Phoenix is great in this saga of Baltimore firefighter Jack Morrison, whose life starts flashing before his eyes when he becomes trapped in a blazing high rise. Flashbacks chronicle his memories of being a rookie at his Baltimore fire company. He remembers fighting his first fire, bonding with fellow firefighters, falling in love with a beautiful local girl (Jacinda Barrett), getting married, and having children. He also looks back on forming a close relationship with the fire chief (John Travolta) and learning to face the danger and heroics of life on the job. This film manages to wring plenty of well-earned tears from its subject matter--as well as spine-tingling thrills--which are the result of solid performances, characterization, and good naturalistic dialogue from screenwriter Lewis Colick. Barrett is great as Jack's worried wife; she and Phoenix exhibit strong, earthy chemistry in their scenes together. Travolta makes a fine fire captain who is graceful, sure of himself, and always ready to give up the spotlight to the younger actors. Other firemen include Morris Chestnut, Balthazar Getty, and Robert Patrick. The addition of a soundtrack of contemporary Irish and Irish-American folk and rock keeps the melancholia just a whisper away. The heroics of 9/11 are subtly honored here, but never directly mentioned, which is to the film's credit.

Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:

Ladder 49
Academy Award(R) nominated stars Joaquin Phoenix (Best Supporting Actor, GLADIATOR, 2000) and John Travolta (Best Actor, PULP FICTION, 1994) ignite the intense action in this heroic tale of ordinary men with uncommon courage! As part of a tightly knit brotherhood of skilled firefighters, Jack Morrison (Phoenix) grows from inexperienced rookie to seasoned veteran as he faces a dangerous job that makes him a hero to strangers but often shortchanges his wife (Jacinda Barrett -- THE HUMAN STAIN) and kids. Then, when he becomes trapped in the worst blaze of his career, the things Jack holds most important -- family, duty, courage -- come sharply into focus.

Plot Keywords:

Heroes | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • THEATRICAL RELEASE: OCTOBER 1, 2004

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  • Sales Rank: 108,708
  • UPC: 786936242638
  • Shipping Weight: 0.16/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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