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The Fire Next Time 

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi | TV Mini-Series (1993– )
2017: The greenhouse effect and global warming take their toll as droughts, floods, and hurricanes wreak mass destruction in a world gone mad, one family struggles to survive against all odds...
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Craig T. Nelson ...  Drew Morgan 2 episodes, 1993
Bonnie Bedelia ...  Suzanne Morgan 2 episodes, 1993
Richard Farnsworth ...  Frank Morgan 2 episodes, 1993
Jürgen Prochnow ...  Larry Richter 2 episodes, 1993
Justin Whalin ...  Paul Morgan 2 episodes, 1993
Ashley Jones ...  Linnie Morgan 2 episodes, 1993
Shawn Toovey Shawn Toovey ...  Jake Morgan 2 episodes, 1993
Odetta Odetta 2 episodes, 1993
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2017: The greenhouse effect and global warming take their toll as droughts, floods, and hurricanes wreak mass destruction in a world gone mad, one family struggles to survive against all odds...

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Inferno See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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RHI Entertainment See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Over-baked
18 May 2006 | by raegan_butcherSee all my reviews

When this was first televised as a two part mini-series I watched the first night and opted out for the 2nd. Now, after renting it from Portland's finest (and the country's finest, if truth be told) video store MOVIE MADNESS and watching the entire four hours I can safely say that buried inside the 240 minute mammoth of overcooked plotting and sweaty melodramatics is a fine 90 minute movie.

Craig T Nelson is a hell of a good actor and that's the trouble: he plays a completely unlikable character to irritatingly well effect. There is no one to root for: Nelson's character is a selfish pig from the get-go and he never gets much smarter or nicer. I realize that its not his fault--the script makes everyone a symbol and he has to stand for The Guilty Short-Sighted Consumer of All The World's Goodies....other actors are saddled with equally heavy burdens to carry.

Which leads me to another major drawback : the uneven tone of the script.We get semi-interesting first night scenes between the extremely underrated Charles Haid and Craig T. Nelson alongside some real second night howlers like the absurd scene with Lousie Fletcher-- who chirps to Bonnie Bedelia ( who I must say looks wonderful with her ample bosom on sweaty display) "In the morning you will be issued your regulation camouflage army fatigues; its our way of keeping our message of hope alive." I am not kidding, she actually says that--and she is supposed to be the representative of the Evil Pro-Earth whatever the hell you want to call them. Ludicrous. As is most of the rest of this thing. But there are some interesting notions. Not ALL worthless but you have to wade thru a lot of dumb stuff.


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