Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Author(s): Matthew LaRusso
Location: New Jersey


Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Written by: Paul Haggis
Score by: William Ross

Principal Cast:

Heath Ledger as George McCallahan
Clint Eastwood as Jack McCallahan
Tom Hanks as Chief Michael Stemkowski
Gus Lewis as Young George McCallahan
Maggie Gyllenhaal as Dea McCallahan
Rick Yune as Steven Chang
James Franco as Brandon Scardelli

Tagline: “He never let his shortcomings, interfere with his dreams….”

Synopsis: As a little boy, George McCallahan (Ledger) wanted nothing more than to grow up and be a firefighter like his father (Eastwood). George wasn’t without his problems as a child and into adulthood. He was diagnosed with severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; he washes his hands repeatedly, is overly neat and clean, checks up to a dozen times to see if lights are off or if the stove is off. He promised himself that he would never let his disease interfere with his dream of being a firefighter. He hid his illness from his superiors at the academy and his future chief (Hanks). Despite his father’s worries, he would not let anyone stand in his way, even though his father told him that his disorder could get him killed. He always has to count extra on his fellow firefighters (Yune and Franco). But when faced with the ultimate challenge, can he survive….

What the press would say:

Eastwood delivers once again with this visually stunning, gripping thriller. Heath Ledger may get his first oscar as the ever valiant George McCallahan. Clint Eastwood should nab a nom as the ever rigid, ever watchful father of Ledger. And Rick Yune may be propelled to stardom with his tour de force performance. It is an audio, visual and verbal masterpiece that should gets it’s share of Oscar nods

Best Picture
Best Cinematography
Best Director- Clint Eastwood
Best Visual Effects
Best Actor- Heath Ledger
Best Sound
Best Supporting Actor- Clint Eastwood; Rick Yune
Best Sound Editing
Best Original Screenplay- Paul Haggis

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