While filming this movie, several crew members were robbed at gunpoint. Man on Fire (2004) is based on the 1980 bestselling novel by A.J. Quinnell. Fuentes was based on a real person who was head of the anti-kidnapping squad in Mexico.


Who kidnapped pita in Man on Fire? In this film, Denzel Washington portrays John Creasy, a despondent, alcoholic former Special Activities Division operative/U.S. Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance officer-turned bodyguard, who goes on a revenge rampage after his charge, nine-year-old Lupita "Pita" Ramos (Dakota Fanning), is abducted in Mexico City.

is Man on Fire based on a true story?

On the director's commentary, Tony Scott claims Man on Fire is a composite of 2 "true" stories. According to the commentary, Creasy is based on a real character in the 70's who hunted down and tortured the kidnappers of a protectee in Europe.

Who wrote Man on Fire? Brian Helgeland

does Creasy die in Man on Fire?

While in the film Pita survives the kidnapping and Creasy dies at the end, in the novel Pita is killed by the kidnappers and Creasy survives.

Who is the little girl in Man on Fire? Hannah Dakota Fanning

is John W Creasy a real person?

FILM FACT: The real John W. Creasy, is a former CIA operative and former Force Recon Marine officer and now a mercenary. Daniel Rosas Sánchez "The Voice" is based on a real kidnapper, Daniel Arizmendi López. Just like the real Arizmendi López, "La Voz" believes in Santa Muerte.

Did Man on Fire win any awards? BMI Film Music Award

Who is John Creasy based on?

Quinnell based Creasy on several people he knew from Africa and Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s. He imagined that Creasy would look like actor Robert Mitchum.

Who played Peeta in Man on Fire? Dakota Fanning

Who played the mother in Man on Fire?

Michael Spies of the Houston Chronicle said, "As often happens in these international productions, actors make hello-goodbye appearances, including Brooke Adams, who has perhaps one line as the girl's mother, and Jonathan Pryce, who has maybe a couple more as a representative of the family business." James said, "Blink