Is Man On Fire Based On A True Story? Here’s The Answer.

A 2004 action thriller film Man on Fire has screenplay Brian Helgeland and direction by Tony Scott. The film has amazing cast and is set in Mexico. Denzel Washington plays John Creasy. John is a tired and sad former US Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance Captain and CIA special activities division Officer who now works as a bodyguard to Lupita or Pita Ramos, a nine-year-old girl played by Dakota Fanning.

Well, here’s what we know about Is Man On Fire Based On A True Story.

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Is Man On Fire Based On A True Story

The story gets thrilling as our hero has to take tricks from his previous jobs and turn that officer man when Lupita gets kidnapped. Christopher Walken, Radha Mitchell, Giancarlo Giannini, Mark Anthony, Rachel Ticotin and Mikey Rourke are some of the major supporting casts of the movie. The reception of the movie was not as good as creators assumed but was still fair enough.

Ever since the movie was released it deeply impacted people and they just found it hard to believe that this was in fact a story the creator had imagined. Thus, their curiosity increased and they started to find out, dig in to see if the story is really an imagined on or is based on some real events?

So, if you are one of those people too do not worry, we have got you covered. Read along and discover all we have collected for you. And yes, you can watch the movie on Netflix.


Is Man On Fire Based On A True Story

Is Man On Fire Based On A True Story

Unaware if this shall disappoint you but no this movie is not based on a true story. Instead, it is based on a Novel written by A.J. Quinnell. Interestingly this is not the only screen or movie adaptation of the book. Another adaptation was made in 1983 of the same one thus making this one a remake.

The original book is also not based on a true story. But it would not be entirely fair to say that this is all imagined. The author did take inspiration from two pretty famous kidnappings from that time. One of them was of the abduction of the eldest child of a rich Singaporean Business man. The man was asked to pay a huge ransom for his son to be given back home safely. However, the business man was not as emotional and was more practical than the kidnappers had thought. To their shock he straight up denied to pay any ransom as according to him, paying ransom shall set the wrong precedent and thus endanger his other children.

Due to this his son was killed but just as he thought no one ever threatened his children again for kidnapping.

Another source of inspiration for the central story was the abduction of John Paul Getty III. John was at the time the grandson of probably the richest man in the world John Paul Getty. The family use to reside in Italy. The abductors asked for a huge number as ransom. Something close to 17 million dollars. But the grandfather would not budge, for the same reason as our first example that it shall set bad precedent and endanger life of his other 13 grandchildren. Some also say that he was not budging as he suspected his grandson of staging this to get his money.

Although all his assumptions were falsified when he got his grandson’s cut ear in mail one day. After that his apprehensions were gone, he ended up paying 2,2 million dollars for his grandson. This story inspired not just Man on fire but another movie called All the money in the world.But as A.J. was not writing a book strictly based on these two specific incidents rather his book used this as a central story or more of a base to establish the relationship between the kidnapper and the person from whom the demand ransom.

So, he needed some intel on how a kidnapping actually goes down and what are the consequences. For this he turned to the person he saved life of at a plane ride one day. He connected him with the right kind of people. Why Itay? Because in the book the whole story is set in Italy as at that time Italy had some very notorious kidnappings. As the first movie was made close to when the novel was written in the movie the setting was used as Italy itself. But when it was remarked to the one, we are talking about Italy was not as notorious hence the creators changed it to Mexico. Because of this a few other changes like the name of the girl was changed from Pinat Balleto to Pita Ramos.

Also, the ends differ or more appropriate to say are opposite for the central characters Pita and Creasy. In the book Pita dies at the botched drop while Creasy fakes his death and begins a new life.


Written by Nishtha Pandey

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