In his new movie, director Ron Howard looks at the hazardous calling of Chicago firefighters. In real life, Howard plans to use some of the movie's proceeds to help the fire department in his hometown of Greenwich, Conn.

"Backdraft," starring Robert De Niro, Donald Sutherland, Rebecca DeMornay and Kurt Russell, focuses on the relationship between two brothers who are career firefighters.The movie title refers to the violent explosion of heat and fire that occurs when oxygen is suddenly introduced to a room or building where a fire is under way.

Howard has arranged special showings of the movie in Greenwich next weekend that will pay for repairs and improvements at the fire department's training center.

"We thought (the benefit) was the best way for us to show our appreciation to the firefighters," his wife, Cheryl, told reporters Friday.