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Man On Fire

Film poster
Directed by Tony Scott
Produced by Lucas Foster
Arnon Milchan
Tony Scott
Written by Brian Helgeland
Starring Denzel Washington
Dakota Fanning
Christopher Walken
Giancarlo Giannini
Radha Mitchell
Marc Anthony
Rachel Ticotin
and Mickey Rourke
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography Paul Cameron
Editing by Christian Wagner
Studio Regency Enterprises
New Regency
Scott Free Productions
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) 21 April 2004
Running time 146 minutes
Country US
Language English
Budget $70,000,000
Gross revenue $130,293,714

Man on Fire is a 2004 US film drama based on a novel by A. J. Quinnell. The film was directed by Tony Scott and starred Denzel Washington. The film received mixed reviews but was a commercial success.


In Mexico City, criminal gangs are kidnapping rich people and their families for the lucrative ransom money. On the advice of his lawyer, Mexican businessman Samuel Ramos, like other men of wealth, hires a bodyguard to protect his nine-year-old daughter Lupita "Pita" Ramos and to be able to renew the family's ransom insurance.

The head of an executive security firm, Paul Rayburn, suggests that Ramos hire Rayburn's old CIA colleague John Creasy. Ramos is impressed with Creasy's résumé, which includes a variety of counterinsurgency and counter-terrorism activities. Creasy, however, has since become disillusioned and uninterested in life. He is burned out from all the death and horror and has taken to alcoholism to ease the burden.

Creasy is not interested in bodyguard work but needs a job. His initial impatience slowly fades as he finds himself opening up to the child. He replaces her parents in their absence, giving her advice and coming to her swimming lessons and competitions. He helps her overcome her fear of starting guns, turning it into an eagerness to move at the sound of one. Pita gives Creasy an emblem of St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes, saying she bought it for him with her own money.

Shortly after delivering her to a piano audition, Creasy notices a suspicious vehicle driving past and a pair of police cars blocking off the street. As Pita emerges from the building and freezes, Creasy pulls his gun and fires a shot into the air, similar to a starting gun, startling the child into running away. During the ensuing gun battle, four of the attackers are fatally shot, including two corrupt police officers. The battle leaves Creasy wounded and unconscious, allowing the surviving kidnappers to grab the child.

The leader of the kidnapping ring, known only as "The Voice," demands a dead drop ransom of ten million dollars in exchange for Pita. The drop goes badly, the kidnappers are ambushed by a corrupt police gang called "La Hermandad" and the money is stolen. "The Voice" notifies Pita's parents that their child will not be returned.

Creasy recovers and returns to Pita's home to promise her mother Lisa that he will kill everyone who was involved in, or profited from, this crime. He uys a variety of guns, explosives, and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. Starting with a licence plate number, he uses the weaponry to kill a number of corrupt Mexican police officers and high-ranking law enforcement officials who were involved in the kidnapping.

Creasy kidnaps and tortures several "La Hermandad" members, forcing them to reveal the names of the people involved in the kidnapping ring. Eventually, he learns that Ramos, with his lawyer Jordan Kalfus, set up the kidnapping of his own daughter in order to get the insurance money. Creasy finds Kalfus decapitated. He goes to inform Lisa and confront her husband, who commits suicide with a gun provided by Creasy.

Thanks to a newspaper article that reveals The Voice's identity as Daniel Sánchez, Creasy shows up at his apartment, and fights his way inside. Although wounded by the gunfire, he gains the upper hand and captures Sánchez's brother and ex-wife. He then calls Sánchez and, using a sawed-off shotgun, blows four of his brother's fingers off, threatening his life.

To save his brother, Sánchez reveals that Pita is alive and offers to exchange her for his brother and for Creasy himself. Lisa is instructed to meet Creasy at a remote rural area to make the exchange. Pita excitedly embraces Creasy, then runs to her mother. Creasy is taken to a car, but as he looks upon the Popocatépetl volcano he succumbs to his wounds, dropping the emblem of St. Jude that Pita gave him.

An epilogue reveals that Sánchez was killed during a police raid that same day, his location discovered by special operations police who were following Creasy's actions.


Actor Role
Denzel Washington John W. Creasy
Dakota Fanning Lupita Martin Ramos, "Pita"
Marc Anthony Samuel Ramos
Radha Mitchell Lisa Martin Ramos
Christopher Walken Paul Rayburn
Giancarlo Giannini Miguel Manzano
Rachel Ticotin Mariana Garcia Guerrero
Jesús Ochoa Victor Fuentes
Mickey Rourke Jordan Kalfus
Angelina Peláez Sister Anna
Roberto Sosa Daniel Rosas Sanchez a.k.a "The Voice"
Gero Camilo Aurelio Rosas Sanchez
Mario Zaragoza Jorge Ramirez

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Man on Fire is a 2004 film about a former assassin who swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.

Directed by Tony Scott. Written by Brian Helgeland, based on the novel by A.J. Quinnell.



  • Okay, my friend. It's off to the next life for you. I guarantee, you won't be lonely.
  • Revenge is a meal best served cold.
  • Forgiveness is between them and God. It's my job to arrange the meeting.
  • I'm going to tear your family apart piece by piece, YOU UNDERSTAND ME! PIECE BY PIECE!
  • I don't want your money! YOU UNDERSTAND ME?! No, I want you!
  • I'm going to kill them, I'm going to kill them all
  • Last wish? I had...more time
  • I am the sheep that got lost


  • A man can be an artist ... in anything, food, whatever. It depends on how good he is at it. Creasey's art is death. He's about to paint his masterpiece. I have nothing else to say.
  • He'll deliver more justice in a weekend than ten years of your courts and tribunals. Just stay out of his way.
  • A bullet always tells the truth.


  •  :Lisa: What are you gonna do?
Creasy: What I do best. I'm gonna kill 'em. Anyone that was involved. Anybody who profited from it. Anybody who opens their eyes at me.
Lisa: (whispering) You kill 'em all.
  •  :Creasy: Do you think God'll forgive us for what we've done?
Rayburn: No.


  • Sister Anna: Do you ever see the Hand of God in what you do?
  • Creasy: No, not for a long time.
  • Sister Anna: The Bible says, "Do not be over come with evil, but overcome...?
  • Creasy: But overcome evil with good."
  • Creasy: [in spanish] That's Romans Chapter 12 Verse 21.
  • Creasy: I am the sheep that got lost, Madre.


See also

  • Man on Fire (1987)

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