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Man on Fire (1987)

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Man on Fire
Man on Fire 1987 Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country ITA.jpg Italy
FRA.jpg France
Directed by Élie Chouraqui
Release Date 1987
Language English
Studio 7 Films Cinema
Cima Produzioni
Embassy International Pictures
Distributor TriStar Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Creasy Scott Glenn
Samantha "Sam" Balletto Jade Malle
David Joe Pesci
Jane Balletto Brooke Adams
Ettore Balletto Paul Shenar
Michael Midler Jonathan Pryce
Conti Danny Aiello
Det. Satta Giancarlo Prati

Man on Fire is a 1987 Italian-French action thriller starring Scott Glenn as Christopher Creasy, a burnt-out former CIA operative who is hired to be the bodyguard of Samantha Balletto, the twelve-year-old daughter of a wealthy Italian businessman. Just as Creasy and Samantha become friends, she is kidnapped by the mafia. Suffering from a serious wound sustained during the kidnapping, a weakened Creasy is determined to get Samantha back at all costs. The film was based on the 1980 novel of the same name written by A. J. Quinnell, and would subsequently be remade as a 2004 feature film adaptation directed by Tony Scott and starring Denzel Washington as John Creasy.

The following weapons were used in the film Man on Fire (1987):


Benelli B76

During the kidnapping one of the criminals is armed with a Benelli B76 pistol. A Benelli B76 is one of the handguns, used by Creasy (Scott Glenn) in his crusade. Creasy is also shown holding a B76 on the poster.

Benelli B76 - 9x19mm
A kidnapper holds his Benelli.
The slide stops in back position after a single shot.
Creasy takes the Benelli from the box of guns.
He examines the pistol.
Creasy attached the Benelli on a magnetic holder.
Creasy holds Conti (Danny Aiello) at gunpoint.

Beretta 92SB-C

Creasy (Scott Glenn) mainly uses a Beretta 92SB-C with wood grips while attempting to rescue Samantha.

Beretta 92SB-C with wood grips - 9x19mm
Beretta 92SB-C is in top left corner of the box.
Creasy checks the pistol. "Does that one have fond memories for you?" David (Joe Pesci) asks.
Creasy examines the compact Beretta.
Creasy puts the compact Beretta in shoulder holster.
Creasy threatens Rabbia (Franco Trevisi) by putting the Beretta at his privates.
Another view of Creasy's pistol in the same scene.
Creasy fires the Beretta.
Creasy holds the pistol during the shootout in Sandri's hideout.
A closer view of Creasy's pistol (the item in his hands is a time bomb).

SIG P210

When Creasy performs his bodyguard duties, he carries a SIG P210 as his sidearm. It is taken by mobsters during Samantha's kidnapping.

SIG P210 (1950s Manufacture) - 9x19mm
Creasy holds holstered pistol.
A kidnapper disarms Creasy of his P210.
A kidnapper disarms Creasy of his P210.

Beretta M1934

When Creasy performs his bodyguard duties, a Beretta M1934 is Creasy's (Scott Glenn) backup gun. In the final scene a police detective holds a Beretta M1934.

Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP
Creasy draws the Beretta during the kidnapping. The image is blurry due to fast motion.
Creasy fires at kidnappers.
The Beretta M1934 on the table.
Creasy takes the pistol to put it in leg holster.
A police detective in center holds a Beretta 34 in the final scene.

Beretta M1951

Snake (Giuseppe Cederna), another kidnapper, uses a Beretta M1951 in several scenes. In some scenes it appears to have a faux suppressor.

Beretta M951 - 9x19mm
Snake fires a suppressed Beretta M1951.
Another view of the same scene.
Snake cleans his pistol in hideout.
A police inspector holds a Beretta M1951 (bottom left) in the final scene.

Beretta Model 70

Violente (Lou Castel), one of the kidnappers, uses a Beretta Model 70.

Beretta Model 70 - .32 ACP
The kidnapper fires. The shape of the trigger guard matches Model 70.

Beretta 84 Cheetah

A Beretta 80 Series pistol with customized gold-plated controls is also seen in the bottom right of the gun box. It is hard to identify the exact model, but it has a double-stack magazine bulge, proving it to either be an 81 in .32 ACP or an 84 in .380 ACP. It is more plausible that it is an 84. It is not a B or BB variant because there are not enough slide serrations.

Beretta 84 Cheetah - .380 ACP
The Beretta 84 is seen at the bottom right. An obvious double stack bulge can be seen behind the trigger guard, so it is certainly a double-stack variant, probably an 84 but possibly an 81. The small amount of slide serrations and lack of a lightening cut on the back of the slide prove that this cannot be a BB variant.

Luger P08

What appears to be a Luger P08 is seen in hands of Conti's henchman.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A man at the left holds a supposed P08.

Walther PP

A blued Walther PP with brown plastic grips is seen in the gun box. It isn't used in action. This must be a PP and not a PPK because of the length of the slide.

Walther PP - .380 ACP
The Walther PP is seen in the top right corner of the gun box. We know it is a PP and not a PPK or PPK/S because of the long slide and barrel.


Smith & Wesson Model 10 Snub Nose

A Smith & Wesson Model 10 Snub Nose revolver is used by a kidnapper. Same looking revolver is seen in hands of another kidnapper, Violente (Lou Castel), in the scene in Sandri's hideout.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 snub nose revolver - .38 Special. Early Model.
A kidnapper holds Creasy at gunpoint.
Wounded kidnapper fires.
Dying kidnapper drops the revolver.
Violente holds a snub nose revolver.
The revolver on the floor.

Colt Python Snub Nose

A Colt Python Snub Nose revolver is seen in the gun box. David (Joe Pesci) keeps it for himself. In the final scene a young criminal (Henri-Charles Alexandre) uses same looking revolver.

Colt Python Snub Nose with 2.5" barrel - .357 Magnum
The Python is seen in the bottom.
David holds the revolver. The vent rib can be seen.
A young man hides under the car with a revolver in hand.

Smith & Wesson Model 66 Snub Nose

What appears to be a Smith & Wesson Model 66 Snub Nose is used by Conti (Danny Aiello).

Smith & Wesson Model 66 Snub Nose with 2.5" barrel - .357 Magnum
Conti fires at Creasy.

Submachine Guns

Beretta M12

Beretta M12 SMGs are used by Italian police.

Beretta M12 - 9x19mm
Police on road block carry M12 SMGs.
Police guard the school.

Sten Mk II

A Sten Mk II is seen in Sandri's hideout.

Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
A Sten is seen at the wall.


An MP40 is seen in Sandri's hideout.

MP40 - 9x19mm
An MP40 is seen at the wall.

Thompson M1928A1

An M1928A1 Thompson (or possibly M1921) with 50-round drum magazine and removed buttstock is seen in Sandri's hideout.

M1928A1 Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
A Thompson with drum magazine is seen on the table in front of a row of other SMGs. It seems to have a horizontal handguard rather than a foregrip so M1928A1 is more likely guess.


In the flashback scene in Beirut one of the combatants holds a weapon that resembles a MAT-49.

MAT-49 Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
A Lebanese militant with a MAT-49.
A Lebanese militant with a MAT-49.


Manufrance Rapid

One of Conti's henchmen holds a Manufrance Rapid with pistol grip (this grip is some aftermarket variant, possibly from Remington 870). Another Manufrance Rapid with full stock is seen in Sandri's hideout.

Manufrance Rapid shotgun with extended magazine tube - 12 Gauge
The shotgun is seen at the left.
The shotgun is seen at the right.
A shotgun is seen on the ammo crates at the right.
A closer view of the shotgun.

Sawed-Off Double Barrel Shotgun

A Sawed-Off Double Barrel Shotgun is seen in Sandri's hideout.

Sawn-off side-by-side shotgun - 12 Gauge
A sawed-off shotgun is seen at the left.

Assault Rifles

Adler-Jäger AP-74

In the flashback scene in Beirut one of the combatants holds some version of M16. Several M16s of nondescript model are seen in Sandri's hideout. Three-prong flash hiders and the fact that the movie was filmed in Italy allows to guess that M16s are Italian produced .22 caliber Adler-Jäger AP-74s.

Adler-Jäger AP74 rifle - .22 LR. Note the sharply angled three prong flash hider and the forward assist, which differentiate it from the AP15.
A man at the right holds a very blurry M16-style gun. It seems to have wooden furniture that is one more argument pro Adler-Jäger (such model is known as AP-74/L).
A pair of M16s is seen in Sandri's hideout: one on the floor, leaning against the cupboard, and another one on the table at the right.
Another view of Sandri's M16.
The M16 on the table is seen slightly better. It seems to have three-prong flash hider.

Adler-Jäger AP-74/I

A subcompact M16-style carbine with folding stock and wooden furniture is seen in Sandri's hideout. It appears to be an Adler-Jäger AP-74/I, version of Adler-Jäger AP-74.

Adler-Jäger AP-74/I - .22 LR
A subcompact carbine is seen at far right, next to M16.
Another view of the gun (between M16 and MP40). Side folding stock is seen.

Adler-Jäger AP-80

In the flashback scene in Beirut one of the combatants holds an AK variant. Its slim magazine allows to guess that it could be an Adler-Jäger AP-80, an Italian .22 LR replica of the AK-47.

Adler-Jäger AP-80 - .22 LR
The magazine can be seen.
Slightly better view of the barrel and receiver.

Other Weapons

M9 "Bazooka"

An M9 "Bazooka" is seen in Sandri's hideout.

M9 "Bazooka" - 2.36 inch
A bazooka is seen at the background, left to the cupboard.

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