Fires of Kuwait


Documentary / Short

IMDb Rating 7.2 10 370


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August 4, 2020



Rip Torn as Deputy Butch Prescott
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331.04 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
36 min
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680.74 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
36 min
P/S N/A / N/A

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by c_nordby 8 / 10 / 10

Highly Entertaining, Highly Enjoyable, Highly Flammable

The neatest thing about this documentary was watching the fire crews come up with the many ingenious ways to battle the various oil well fires. I saw this film on an IMAX screen which certainly added it's own cinematic touch to the works. There's nothing quite like watching a 40 ft. pillar of flame shooting up in front of you. I've also seen the video version, and while it's not as visually stunning, it is still highly enjoyable.

Reviewed by vishal_wall 9 / 10 / 10

A visual treat of engineering triumph

There is no doubt that this documentary is visual treat and people who shot this documentary must have worked in a very unfriendly environment. The thing which remained with me is the method engineers used to put out the fire. Using a dynamite to put out fire. That's something I couldn't have imagined. How water has to be used and where to throw it etc. I like the idea of putting a sealing at the opening with an open funnel while keep throwing water on that funnel and then finally close that funnel from the top. Fantastic. It seems when these engineers started working on this project they thought it will take years to kill the fire in 700 wells. They finished the job in months. A documentation of the triumph of human imagination and its capabilities. A must watch for engineering students. 10/10.

Reviewed by Rodrigo_Amaro 9 / 10 / 10

A positive triumph

The engulfing flames that hide the whole desertic scenario, leaving only the colors yellow and black result of the combination fire and smoke, present in "Jarhead" is just an example of what's to be seen in the great documentary "Fires of Kuwait". But the CGI composed image from Sam Mendes film doesn't get near the real dimension of what happened in the early 1990's when Saddam Hussein ordered the destruction of all the oil fields in Kuwait during the Golf War. It's disturbing images, the pollution and waste of resources, haunting, a hellish nightmare yet it's strangely beautiful, astounding, hypnotizing. It's a shame that technology still isn't able to make us feel what it is to be close to an event of this magnitude, to smell, to feel the heat. The closer we can get of this effect (or at least the lucky ones who saw it in the theaters) is just the images, fully developed in IMAX with outstanding resolution. From the tragedy, we get the spectacle of fumes. It's importance isn't wholly on the burning, it's about the team effort from people all over the world who coordinated and worked to extinguish the fires the best way they could. Their operation tested several different ways to combat the fire with one team using of water from pipelines (a team even tried to make a way to the ocean through the desert) and another team had a "The Wages of Fear" kind of mission, to put out fire with more fire by using dynamite. 9 months of extreme hard work, horrible conditions and a mission that seemed impossible. The challenge and the positive outcome of it, that's where the story is, that's why we join this real venture guided by the powerful voice of the great Rip Torn. 9/10

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