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Man on Fire (2004)

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In Mexico City, a former CIA operative swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.


Tony Scott


A.J. Quinnell (novel), Brian Helgeland (screenplay)
1,132 ( 394)
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... John W. Creasy
Dakota Fanning ... Lupita Ramos
Radha Mitchell ... Lisa Ramos
Christopher Walken ... Paul Rayburn
Marc Anthony ... Samuel Ramos
Giancarlo Giannini ... Miguel Manzano
Mickey Rourke ... Jordan Kalfus
Rachel Ticotin ... Mariana Garcia Guerrero
Roberto Sosa ... Daniel Sanchez
Jesús Ochoa ... Victor Fuentes
Gero Camilo Gero Camilo ... Aurelio Sanchez
Mario Zaragoza ... Jorge Gonzalez
Charles Paraventi Charles Paraventi ... Jersey Boy
Carmen Salinas ... Guardian Three
Esteban De La Trinidad Esteban De La Trinidad ... Guardian Two


Hard drinking, burnt out ex CIA operative John Creasy has given up on life until he's hired as a bodyguard to protect nine year old Pita Ramos. Bit by bit, Creasy begins to reclaim some of his soul, but when pita is kidnapped, Creasy's fiery rage is finally released and he will stop at nothing to save her as he sets out on a dangerous, revenge fuelled rescue mission. Written by Freddie Bidwell

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Promise To Protect. A Vow To Avenge. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and strong violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Brazilian actor Gero Camilo played Aurelio Sanchez, "The Voice"'s brother. He is a well known actor in Brazil, born in Fortaleza, Ceara. See more »


When Pita is writing down the license plate of a car following them, she states that she got all the numbers except for the last digit. Later, when Creasy browses through Pita's diary however, she has noted the complete number (C5T-K89), but the last digit had been erased afterwards. See more »


Caption: 70% of the victims do not survive.
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to Mexico City. A very special place. See more »

Alternate Versions

European (PAL) version of the DVD lack the stylized subtitles found through the movie, except for a few in the beginning. Those subtitles are found in the form of regular DVD subtitles. See more »


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Razzle Dazzle
Written and Performed by Werner Tautz (as Jo Part)
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User Reviews

A really excellent film!
15 October 2004 | by titminatorSee all my reviews

This film genuinely was one of the best I have seen in a long time. From the trailer I expected it to be okay, but I didn't imagine it would be as brilliant as it is! My first surprise was the length of the film, and the length of time that elapses before the actual kidnapping takes place. I have not seen a film for some time that was this sad. I loved Creasy (and I'm not normally a Denzel Washington fan!) and the little girl was so cute that I knew I was going to be distressed by her kidnapping.

In summary, the two lead characters, Creasy and Pita, were amazing and brilliantly acted. And the ending made me cry (a lot). This film is very heartwarming and even the revenge scenes were better than I expected!

8/10 (and that's probably not being very generous). If you haven't seen it, see it! But be warned that it's a lot longer than you'd think!

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USA | UK | Mexico | Switzerland


English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man on Fire See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »


Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,751,490, 25 April 2004

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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