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Still shot from the movie: Ladder 49.

Ladder 49

Members of a fire-fighting crew literally trust their lives to one another's hands. This is especially true for Jack Morrison (Joaquin Phoenix) when he faces one of the worst blazes of his career. And it is the driving force behind Mike Kennedy (John Travolta), as the chief of Ladder 49. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B-
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: C+
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 115
Theater Release: 30 Sep 2004
Video Release: 07 Mar 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

This group of firefighters spends a lot of off time unwinding in the bar. Do you think that is an accurate portrayal of most firefighters? What other ways could the director show the camaraderie between these men?

What part does religion play in the lives of these men?

How does the firefighters’ job affect their families? What things do you worry about in relation to your spouse or parent’s employment?

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