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Saturday Blockbuster: Ladder 49

Saturday 17th April at 8.30pm

Ladder 49

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, John Travolta, Robert Patrick, Jacinda Barrett

Director : Jay Russell

Ladder 49 is an exciting, powerful film that celebrates the ordinary men who put everything on the line every day.

The film chronicles Baltimore firefighter Jack Morrison (Joaquin Phoenix) as he makes the transition from inexperienced rookie to seasoned veteran.

As he struggles to cope with a risky, demanding job that often short changes his wife and kids, he relies on the support of his mentor and chief, Mike Kennedy (John Travolta) and his second family - the brotherly bond between the men of the firehouse.

But when Jack becomes trapped in the worst blaze of his career, his life and the things he holds important - family, dignity, courage - come into focus. As his fellow firemen of Ladder 49 do all they can to rescue him, Jack's life hangs in the balance.

Trivia: Joaquin Phoenix was so afraid of heights before shooting this film that he could not even slide down the 20-foot fire pole. After he finished training he hung off the side of a 20-story building by a single repelling rope.