Firehouse movie
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  • I love watching him here, but I'm not sure I'm a fan of the movie

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      Released in 1997, this movie called Firehouse stars Richard Dean Anderson as Lt. Michael Brooks, who ends up being shot by a sniper while fighting a fire early in the movie. Anderson, by the way, was one of the executive producers of the film, via his company, Gekko Film Crop.

      Brooks is divorced and was once a fire investigator. He’s back fighting fires and according to a co-worker is “lost.” He has some super interaction with a little boy, a couple of poignant bits with his ex-wife (played nicely by Gia Carides), and a lot of color to his character.


      He’s going through a difficult time, and Anderson plays that so well. We can feel his pain, even when he hasn’t fully admitted to it yet. He also has a shocking ending that doesn’t make me happy.

      Edie Falco portrays Kate Wilkinson, the first EMS female to stay in the firehouse. The guys aren’t thrilled and actually are pretty confident that she’ll be gone soon enough. She eventually takes ownership for her place. A bit of frontal nudity helps with that and is certainly edited out when this is shown on television.

      The musical score is absolutely weird. It’s ...


      • not suspenseful; it’s deafening. There’s actually clips of singers vocalizing while action takes place, like early on with the station responds to a fire, we see the group singing, “Great Balls of Fire,” while going down the fire pole and leaving. That’s a very different editing choice.

        The story is very New York, very guy, very Irish firemen oriented, and that’s exactly what it wants to me. There’s one scene where one of the veterans is talking about that with Wilkinson, telling her it would take time to change attitudes that have been present since the beginning of the fire department.

        It’s a good exchange.

        The movie does crawl some, though, and it can be hard to follow because they make use of flashes and clips that both explain things and confuse at the same time. Add that to the musical do wop bits, and it’s a little different.

        Anderson is an actor I’ve adored since he began acting professionally, and I’ve met him a few times. He’s a genuine sweetheart. I love watching him here, but I’m not sure I’m a fan of the movie. It’s just a little too out there, even though it’s also quite a tribute to the fire department.




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