Fire Down Below

1997

Fire Down Below

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The sleepy appearance of an Appalachian coal-mining community belies the presence of a sinister toxic waste-dumping scheme that is poisoning local plant and animal life as well as area residents. The murder of an environmental protection agency investigator leads officials to assign Jack Taggart (Steven Segal) to go undercover as a handyman working through a relief mission. It doesn't take him long to discover that the mastermind of the dumping is local businessman Orin Hanner (Kris Kristofferson). Along the way, Taggart falls for the mysterious Sarah Kellogg (Marg Helgenberger), a young woman ostracized for a sordid past and a father who died under suspicious circumstances while working for Hanner. When Taggart's undercover work proves ineffective, he provokes a direct confrontation with the villain and his henchmen that results in plenty of Segal's trademark martial arts action. In addition to kicking the stuffing out of bad guys, Segal demonstrates a real knack for playing bluegrass guitar.

Cast

Steven Seagal
as Jack Taggart
Marg Helgenberger
as Sarah Kellogg
Stephen Lang
as Earl Kellogg
Kris Kristofferson
as Orin Hanner
Levon Helm
as Reverend Goodall
Ed Bruce
as Sheriff Lloyd
Brad Hunt
as Orin Hanner Jr.
Randy Travis
as Ken Adams
James Mathers
as Marshall Adams
Melodie Past
as Store Clerk
Travis Tritt
as Himself
Patsy Lynn
as Patsy Hamill
Peggy Lynn
as Betsy Hamill
Marty Stuart
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Fire Down Below

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (24)

  • As a movie, it's a piece of drivel.

    Jan 22, 2002
  • Seagal barely works up a sweat... He certainly doesn't work up any drama.

    Jan 1, 2000

    Sean P. Means

    Film.com
    Top Critic
  • One big self-distraction and nothing that vaguely resembles a real film.

    Jan 1, 2000

    Tom Keogh

    Film.com
    Top Critic
  • By-the-book stuff, but that's what's expected whenever the name 'Steven Seagal' tops the marquee.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There are movies that you know can't be any good, so they'd better be great. Fire Down Below ... achieves that grand level of absurdity.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The eco-hero who strikes fear in the heart of every polluting industrialist and sighs of pity in the heart of every fashion designer, Steven Seagal, takes his act to the backwoods of Kentucky

    Jun 14, 2007 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Fire Down Below

  • Jun 30, 2010
    This was most certianly the best Seagal film. Hanner SR: You're violating my constitutional rights. Jack Taggert: I will show you a new meaning to the word "violation".
    Joseph E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2008
    Is there a single worthwhile Seagal movie out there?
    Arash X Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2008
    If you can't stand country music like me, then you'll enjoy watching Seagal total wannabe fighters like Mark Collie. Unfortunately, Seagal tries to blend music and action and neither one works, much like the rest of this movie, despite it's above-average cast. I liked watching Seagal blow off half of Randy Travis' head, but that was the highlight of the film for me. Not a great movie.
    Derek D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2007
    i love this movie. this is one of my guilty pleasures. seagal movies arent "good", but they are at the same time good. this is one of his best.
    danny d Super Reviewer

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