• Publication date: July 8, 2009

In " Ladder 49 " The Greatest Challenge Is to Rescue One of Your Own

Premiered in US theatres in 2004, "Ladder 49" is an American film that combines the elements of action, drama and thriller. The movie is written by Lewis Colick and directed by Jay Russell.

Premiered in US theatres in 2004, "Ladder 49" is an American film that combines the elements of action, drama and thriller. The movie is written by Lewis Colick and directed by Jay Russell.

The movie, the runtime of which is 115 minutes, stars Joaquin Phoenix as Jack Morrison, John Travolta as Captain Mike Kennedy, Jacinda Barrett as Linda Morrison, Robert Patrick as Lenny Richter, Morris Chestnut as Tommy Drake, Billy Burke as Dennis Gauquin, Balthazar Getty as Ray Gauquin, Tim Guinee as Tony Corrigan, and Kevin Chapman as Frank Mckinny.

"Ladder 49" introduces us to the life of Jack Morrison (Joaquin Phoenix), a firefighter for the Baltimore City fire department. Jack is assigned to Fire Station 33 as a pipe-man for Ladder 49.

As a new probationary firefighter, Jack is assigned all the little jobs at the firehouse. Station 33 Captain Mike Kennedy (John Travolta) and the other veteran firefighters love to play jokes on the new rookies, including Jack.

Captain Kennedy takes Jack under his wing to make him the best firefighter in the city. Time passes, and Jack is now a seasoned veteran on the rescue team. Ladder 49 has been called on a four-alarm fire to a burning 20-story building.

Chief Mike Kennedy, his former Captain, is in command of the fire. Jack and the rescue team brave the fire to rescue anyone trapped inside. They save several people, and Jack continues to search for others.

Jack finds a man and lowers him to safety, just before the floor collapses around him. Jack falls through the building into the middle of the inferno, and is rendered unconscious.

When he awakens, Jack is able to radio to his men that he is alive. Now Jack is the one who needs to be rescued. Chief Kennedy coordinates the effort to save Jack. Awaiting rescue, Jack begins to relive his life with his wife, Linda Morrison, and kids, and his career through flashbacks.

The film was rated PG-13 for intense fire and rescue situations, and for language.

The gross domestic box office revenues of the film amounted to US$ 74 millions.

The film won BMI Film Music Award (William Ross). It was also nominated for Golden Satellite Award for Best Original Song (Robbie Robertson), and Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Drama (Joaquin Phoenix).