Ladder 49

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Drama
Running Time:  115 min.
Release Date: October 1, 2004
DVD: March 8, 2005

Current rating: Rating: 3.90
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Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, John Travolta, Jacinda Barrett, Morris Chestnut, Kevin Daniels, Robert Patrick, Kevin Chapman, Balthazar Getty, Jay Hernandez


Baltimore firefighter Jack Morrison (Joaquin Phoenix) makes the transition from inexperienced rookie to seasoned veteran.

As he struggles to cope with a risky, demanding job that often shortchanges his wife and kids, he relies on the support of his mentor and chief, Mike Kennedy (John Travolta) and his second family -- the brotherly bond between the men of the firehouse.

But when Jack becomes trapped in the worst blaze of his career, his life and the things he holds important -- family, dignity, courage -- come into focus. As his fellow firemen of Ladder 49 do all they can to rescue him, Jack's life hangs in the balance.

Director: Jay Russell
Studio: Touchstone Pictures
Producer(s): Casey Silver
Screenplay: Lewis Colick
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