Directed by Ron Howard from a screenplay by former fireman Gregory Widen, BACKDRAFT offers an insider's look at a profession seldom featured in movies. Unfortunately, the film drags when the fire is offscreen, only springing to life when it's the main attraction.
The McCaffrey brothers, Stephen (Kurt Russell) and Brian (William Baldwin), are driven by an intense rivalry that started when they were children. When Brian decides to follow Stephen--who in turn followed their late father--into the fire department, tempers flare. Their antagonistic relationship
forces Brian's transfer to another assignment: he's made assistant to Donald Rimgale (Robert De Niro), a fir...