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Flatliners (1990)

Four Medical students experiment on "near death" experiences that involve past tragedies until the dark consequences begin to jeopardize their lives.

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Medical students begin to explore the realm of near death experiences, hoping for insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived. They begin having flashes of walking nightmares from their childhood, reflecting sins they committed or had committed against them. The experiences continue to intensify, and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions as they try and go deeper into the death experience to find a cure. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Some lines shouldn't be crossed.


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10 August 1990 (USA)  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

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$61,490,000 (USA)
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During the pre-production period, the actors worked with Medical Technical Adviser Ruth F. Ekholm, who tutored them on the proper medical procedures for the scenes where the students flatline on the EKG and EEG machines, signaling heart and brain death, respectively. They also took advantage of Screenwriter Peter Filardi's research of published accounts concerning those who had had near-death experiences. Among these people, accident victims nearly all reported positive experiences of a tunnel leading to a beautiful white light and friendly voices. In contrast, people who had attempted suicide had troubled, and emotionally painful near-death experiences. See more »

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In the bathroom scene with Rachel and her father, the walls can be seen sliding back in order to make the set bigger for the 360 degree camera sweep. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nelson Wright: Today is a good day to die.
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Connections

Referenced in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) See more »

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PARTY TOWN
Written and Performed by David A. Stewart (as Dave Stewart)
Courtesy of BMG Records (UK) Ltd.
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"Hello, I'm nice, he's nice, we're both f**king lunatics. Can I come in, please?"
30 December 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Im usually wary of movies hovering around the 6/10 mark on IMDb. Id like to think people know what they are talking about and know what they like. I guess the trick with reviewing is to take an approach of "Hey, if i liked types of movies like these- would i give it a higher score than i am about to give it now since I don't like these types of movies" Then again people judge differently , basing more value on acting, or perhaps story or directing. Anyway, landing the plane here- i had rented this movie out before and hadn't had time to watch it, this morning i did.

Wow! See this movie. I am personally interested in the paranormal/have read a bit about near death experiences, so automatically i was hooked. I am unsure about some of the comments here saying that a quality cast here was wasted - i disagree- the acting here was superb from all- i think this is the only time i didn't mind Julia Roberts, it was good to see 24's Kiefer Sutherland (Currently at the time of this review, serving a jail sentence for DUI), and Kevin Bacon sporting an interesting hair style.

Overall- i liked the direction, the atmosphere, the acting, and the story line most of all- particularly the idea of karma, and , to quote Nelson Wright "Everything we does matters" So true.

10/10!


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