Quotes from the Movie Backdraft

Wrong question. Who isn't? It's not a spark because there's not enough damage. He wouldn't have had any fun. It's not an insurance scam because there isn't any profit.

Ronald

Do you know who's doing this?

Brian

Then tell me.

Brian

You want to know who? I want to know if this kid really wanted to be just like his dad.

Ronald

I wanted to be him. I wanted to be him more than anything else in the world.

Brian:

And you loved him?

Ronald

And you watched him dance with the animal. You saw your dad burn.

Ronald

Fuck you Ronald. Who's doing this, huh?

Brian

Did it look at you? Did the fire look at you? It did. Whoa. Wow. Our worlds aren't that far apart after all, are they? So, whoever is doing this knows the animal well, doesn't he? He knows him real well, but he won't let him loose. He won't let him have any fun, so he does not love him. Now who doesn't love fire? And is around trychtichlorate all day long?

Ronald

Oh my God!

Brian

See... that wasn't such a long trip after all.

Ronald

What about the world, Ronald? What would you like to do to the whole world?

Donald

Burn it all.

Ronald Bartel

See you next year, Ronald.

Donald

Gentlemen, gentlemen, gentlemen. As 17's official toastmaster...

Axe

Thank you, Santos. Did I happen to mention you're cut out of my will? I think it appropriate that we recognize the two asswipes... Probationary Firemen... among us today who were officially baptized into the world of Old Man Fire. First, to Tim. Despite the fact that he has a rather dull expression, and a really hideous pair of ears; he not only took on the beast but pulled from its clutches, assisted by a more famous and brilliant firefighter, me, a kicking and screaming civilian who will probably wind up suing us for breaking her fingernails. And to Brian... [reveals mannequin] ...whose own contribution was not only more beautiful but less likely to sue. You know, when I learned that both McCaffrey brothers would be assigned at the same station together at the same time, my heart was filled with... a sudden desire to transfer. So raise a glass, gents. To funny-looking Tim, and the McCaffrey brothers, who have gotten on each other's nerves and still managed after all these years to still be pissed off at each other... Gentlemen.

Axe

We believe you're holding back on us, to embarass the Alderman because of his fire department cutbacks.

Jennifer Vaitkus

Alderman, I have an uncomplicated job: To determine if a fire is arson or not, and if so, to catch the son of a bitch doing it. And if my investigative methods happen to muck up the campaign of certain mayor wannabes, I gotta tell ya... I'm not gonna go losing any sleep over it.

Donald

In a word, Brian, what is this job all about?

Donald

It's a living thing, Brian. It breathes, it eats, and it hates. The only way to beat it is to think like it. To know that this flame will spread this way across the door and up across the ceiling, not because of the physics of flammable liquids, but because it wants to. Some guys on this job, the fire owns them, makes 'em fight it on it's level, but the only way to truly kill it is to love it a little. Just like Ronald.

Donald

You see that glow in the corner of your eye. It's your career dissapation light and it's going into overtime.

Swayzak

If anyone's lights are about to go out, believe me they are yours.

Stephen

[to Brian about picking up the burned body] Jesus Christ! He's not going to sell you insurance, pick him up!

Ricco, Pathologist

The funny thing about firemen is... Night and day they are always firemen.

Ronald Bartel:

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