Ladder 49 - * * * *
Originally reviewed 10/13/04
My next door neighbor is an ex-fireman, and he said this is the most realistic firefighter movie ever made. But it was the story that really grabbed me -- not just the danger of being a firefighter, although there's plenty of that, but the human story. What's it like to lose close friends? What's it like to have the worry of your wife hanging over you? I'm going to go out on a limb and say this has Oscar possibilities.
Postscript - 11/3/13
OK, so no Oscar nominations for Ladder 49 in 2004. But it did get a few nominations for other awards!