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Backdraft (film) Quotes

Backdraft (film) is a television show that debuted in 1970 . Backdraft completed its run in 1970.

It features Richard B. Lewis, John Watson, Pen Densham, and Brian Grazer as producer, Hans Zimmer in charge of musical score, and Mikael Salomon as head of cinematography.

Backdraft (film) is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of Backdraft (film) is 137 minutes long. Backdraft (film) is distributed by Universal Pictures.

The cast includes: Robert De Niro as ALL, Robert De Niro as Donald 'Shadow' Rimgale, William Baldwin as Firefighter Brian McCaffrey, Donald Sutherland as Ronald Bartel, Jack McGee as Schmidt, Cedric Young as Grindle, Donald Sutherland as Ronald, Jennifer Jason Leigh as Jennifer Vaitkus, and Rebecca De Mornay as Dennis McCaffrey.

Backdraft (film) Quotes

Jack McGee as Schmidt

  • (Jack McGee) "Hey, Axe, you know this rug rat?"
  • (John 'Axe' Adcox) "Know him? I practically raised him."
  • (John 'Axe' Adcox) "He never calls. He never writes."
  • (William Baldwin) "I'm Brian."
  • (Cedric Young) "I'm sorry."
  • (Jack McGee) "Yeah, it's jumping floors, Lieutenant."
  • (Lt. Steven McCaffrey) "Well, where's the second-in companies, huh?"
  • (Jack McGee) "Sorry, man, John Wayne time. You're on your own, boss."

William Baldwin as Firefighter Brian McCaffrey

  • (William Baldwin) "Dad's way? What? Did he tell you that in a fucking séance, Stephen? Huh?"
  • (William Baldwin) "You guys got something against Dalmatians?"
  • (Lt. Steven McCaffrey) "Who's your brother Brian?"
  • (William Baldwin) "You are Steven."
  • (Lt. Steven McCaffrey) "Who's your brother, Brian?"
  • (William Baldwin) "You are, Steven."
  • (William Baldwin) "You had to do it, didn't you? Had to be the big Mick Man, taking on the fire bare-handed instead of protecting your probe?"
  • (Lt. Steven McCaffrey) "I had it under control. He just wouldn't listen to me."
  • (William Baldwin) "He's a candidate. YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. You shouldn't have had him up there in the first place."
  • (William Baldwin) "YOU BURNED HIM, STEVEN."
  • (Lt. Steven McCaffrey) "FUCK YOU."
  • (William Baldwin) "Don't you walk away from me --"
  • (William Baldwin) "You're doing it wrong."
  • (Nervous Probie) "Thanks."
  • (William Baldwin) "All right."

Robert De Niro as Donald 'Shadow' Rimgale

  • (Robert De Niro) "These detectives would like to question you on how come you paid Donald Cosgrove, Jeffrey Holcum and Allan Seagrave to create a phony manpower study."
  • (Robert De Niro) "Ask him who made money off firemen dying."
  • (Robert De Niro) "What about the world, Ronald? What would you like to do to the whole world?"
  • (Donald Sutherland) "Burn it all."
  • (Robert De Niro) "See you next year, Ronald."
  • (Robert De Niro) "Let's go."
  • (William Baldwin) "Where we going?"
  • (Robert De Niro) "Pest control."
  • (Alderman Marty Swayzak) "When are you catch the prick who's doing this, Don?"
  • (Robert De Niro) "Don?"
  • (Alderman Marty Swayzak) "Don't you have any leads?"
  • (Robert De Niro) "No, Marty, I don't."
  • (Robert De Niro) "So stop me if I got this wrong. Now the fire is almost out, you're upstairs on the unburned floor checking for heat, is that correct? And you've been told by your Battalion Chief, your Captain and by me not to do nothin', right? Not to do nothin' until ordered. That's correct, right?"
  • (Candidate) "Yes, sir."
  • (Robert De Niro) "Ok. But now the itch starts. The 'Glory Boy' flash starts. 'Hey, I'm a hero. Heroes don't just stand around.' You can tell me, that's what it was, wasn't it?"
  • (Candidate) "Yes, sir."
  • (Robert De Niro) "So you punched out a window for ventilation. Was that before or after you noticed you were standing in a lake of gasoline?"
  • (Robert De Niro) "Was that BEFORE OR AFTER you noticed you were standing in a lake of GASOLINE, YOU IDIOT?"
  • (Candidate) "Before, sir."
  • (Robert De Niro) "You could have burned or killed or crispened half that company. To say nothing of the fact that you wrecked the physical evidence that I use to prove that it's arson, and you know how goddamned hard it is to determine the cause of these fires. Now you go home and you think about that."
  • (John 'Axe' Adcox) "Gentlemen, gentlemen, gentlemen. As 17's official toastmaster --"
  • (Ray Santos) "-- and bullshitter."
  • (John 'Axe' Adcox) "Thank you, Santos. Did I happen to mention you're cut out of my will?"
  • (John 'Axe' Adcox) "I think it appropriate that we recognize the two asswipes -- Probationary Firemen -- among us today who were officially baptized into the world of Old Man Fire. First, to Tim. Despite the fact that he has a rather dull expression, and a really hideous pair of ears; he not only took on the beast but pulled from its clutches, assisted by a more famous and brilliant firefighter, me, a kicking and screaming civilian who will probably wind up suing us for breaking her fingernails. And to Brian. Help me Santos --."
  • (John 'Axe' Adcox) "Here she is."
  • (John 'Axe' Adcox) "-- whose own contribution was not only more beautiful but less likely to sue. You know, when I learned that both McCaffrey brothers would be assigned at the same station together at the same time, my heart was filled with -- a sudden desire to transfer. So raise a glass, gents. To funny-looking Tim, and the McCaffrey brothers, who have gotten on each other's nerves and still managed after all these years to still be pissed off at each other. Gentlemen --"
  • (Robert De Niro) "FUCK YOU."
  • (Robert De Niro) "McCaffrey, come on over and give us a hand."
  • (William Baldwin) "No, I don't think so. Not in my contract."
  • (Robert De Niro) "I just rewrote your contract. Come give us a hand."
  • (Robert De Niro) "In a word, Brian, what is this job all about?"
  • (William Baldwin) "Fire."
  • (Robert De Niro) "It's a living thing, Brian. It breathes, it eats, and it hates. The only way to beat it is to think like it. To know that this flame will spread this way across the door and up across the ceiling, not because of the physics of flammable liquids, but because it wants to. Some guys on this job, the fire owns them, makes 'em fight it on it's level, but the only way to truly kill it is to love it a little. Just like Ronald."

Donald Sutherland as Ronald Bartel

  • (Donald Sutherland) "I sent away for the copy of Life magazine. The one with your picture on the front. It's a collectible."
  • (William Baldwin) "Who's doing this, Ronald?"
  • (Donald Sutherland) "Wrong question. Who isn't? It's not a spark because there's not enough damage. He wouldn't have had any fun. It's not an insurance scam because there isn't any profit."
  • (William Baldwin) "Do you know who's doing this?"
  • (Donald Sutherland) "Yes."
  • (William Baldwin) "Then tell me."
  • (Donald Sutherland) "You want to know who? I want to know if this kid really wanted to be just like his dad."
  • (William Baldwin) "I wanted to be him. I wanted to be him more than anything else in the world."
  • (Donald Sutherland) "And you loved him?"
  • (William Baldwin) "Yeah."
  • (Donald Sutherland) "And you watched him dance with the animal. You saw your dad burn."
  • (William Baldwin) "Fuck you Ronald. Who's doing this, huh?"
  • (Donald Sutherland) "Did it look at you? Did the fire look at you? It did. Whoa. Wow. Our worlds aren't that far apart after all, are they? So, whoever is doing this knows the animal well, doesn't he? He knows him real well, but he won't let him loose. He won't let him have any fun, so he does not love him. Now who doesn't love fire? And is around trychtichlorate all day long?"
  • (William Baldwin) "Oh my God."
  • (Donald Sutherland) "See -- that wasn't such a long trip after all."

Rebecca De Mornay as Dennis McCaffrey

  • (Rebecca De Mornay) "C'mon."
  • (Rebecca De Mornay) "Aw, Stephen, you've come a dozen times. Now, give your brother a chance. Huh? We'll be back in a minute."
  • (Rebecca De Mornay) "How 'bout it, sport?"
  • (Rebecca De Mornay) "Hey, Brian. Wanna come along and watch your old man earn his keep?"

Jennifer Jason Leigh as Jennifer Vaitkus

  • (Jennifer Jason Leigh) "We believe you're holding back on us, to embarass the Alderman because of his fire department cutbacks."
  • (Robert De Niro) "Alderman, I have an uncomplicated job: To determine if a fire is arson or not, and if so, to catch the son of a bitch doing it. And if my investigative methods happen to muck up the campaign of certain mayor wannabes, I gotta tell ya -- I'm not gonna go losing any sleep over it."

Cedric Young as Grindle

  • (Cedric Young) "These high-rise gigs give me the creeps."

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