Man on Fire is a 2004 action thriller film directed by Tony Scott from a screenplay by Brian Helgeland, and based on the 1980 novel of the same name by A. J. Quinnell. The novel had previously been adapted into a feature film in 1987. 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. The supporting cast includes Christopher Walken, Radha Mitchell, Giancarlo Giannini, Marc Anthony, Rachel Ticotin and Mickey Rourke. The film was a box office success despite mixed reviews.


John W. Creasy (Washington) is former Force Recon Marine and assassin who comes to Mexico to visit his old friend and brother-in-arms, Paul Rayburn (Walken). Rayburn recognizes his friend's poor physical and emotional state and convinces him to take a bodyguard position to give him something to do. Creasy reluctantly agrees, and is later offered the job by Samuel Ramos (Anthony), a wealthy automaker in Mexico City whose young daughter Lupita “Pita” Ramos (Fanning) requires a bodyguard before she can return to school and the kidnapping insurance policy takes effect.