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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

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Jade Malle
as Samantha "Sam" Balletto
Joe Pesci
as David
Brooke Adams
as Jane Balletto
Paul Shenar
as Ettore Balletto
Laura Morante
as Julia, David's Wife
Manfredi Aliquo
as Policeman
James Bradell
as School Guard
Fabio Bussotti
as Policeman
Lou Castel
as Violente
Frederica Tatulli
as Elio's Wife
Anita Zagaria
as Conti's Wife
Angela Finocchiaro
as Foot Race Pro
Alexanre Lopez
as Man in Street
Enrico Papa
as Claudio
Piero Vida
as Kidnaper
Lucas Orlandini
as Boy at Party
Antoine Reb
as Man in Porno Theater
Anna Papa
as Claudio
Alexandre Lopez
as Man in Street
Allesandro Spadorcia
as Man in Street
Martine Malle
as Prostitute
Marie Sellers
as Prostitute
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Critic Reviews for Man on Fire

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As lush and lavish as the scenery surrounding Italy's Lake Como, where much of the film takes place, Man on Fire is nonetheless a lethargic bore.

October 16, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Man on Fire


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

Super Reviewer


I would've really liked it if Tony Scott would lay off the drugs and quit repeating things. Once Denzel Washington went on the warpath it got good. But it was a case of too little too late.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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