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The Ambulance (1990)

A comic-book artist meets a woman on the NY streets, but after a quick flirtation, she suddenly collapses, and is picked-up by an old ambulance. He checks all the hospitals in the area, but the woman seems to have disappeared.

Director:

Larry Cohen

Writer:

Larry Cohen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Roberts ... Josh Baker
James Earl Jones ... Lt. Spencer
Megan Gallagher ... Officer Sandra Malloy
Red Buttons ... Elias Zacharai
Janine Turner ... Cheryl
Eric Braeden ... The Doctor
Richard Bright ... McClosky
James Dixon ... Detective 'Jughead' Ryan
Jill Gatsby ... Jerilyn
Martin Barter Martin Barter ... Street Gang Leader
Laurene Landon ... Patty
Nick Chinlund ... Hugo (as Nicholas Chinlund)
Matt Norklun ... Ambulance Driver
Rudy Jones ... Ambulance Driver
Stan Lee ... Marvel Comics Editor
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Storyline

Josh Baker meets a very special woman, Cheryl, in the streets of New York. Suddenly she collapses, and she's picked up by an ambulance. When Josh wants to visit her in the hospital, it appears that she hasn't been admitted in the hospital. Josh follows the roommate of Cheryl, and she disappears after a ride in the same ambulance. It's up to Josh to solve the secret behind this strange vehicle. Written by Tony Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl>

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You'll be in perfect health before you die.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ambulance See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A young Jim Carrey was also considered for the role of Josh. See more »

Quotes

The Doctor: I'm sorry, but I just like to touch human skin through surgical gloves, that's all.
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Soundtracks

Perpetual Emotion
Written by Gary McLaughlin & Ophie Shur (as Ophir Shur)
Performed by Wendy Smith
Produced by Gary McLaughlin
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Another fun Larry Cohen flick!
14 June 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

More and more I love the work of writer/director Larry Cohen and I can only encourage people to check out his versatile imagination. "The Ambulance" is less ambitious, comical and outrageous than some of Cohen's more famous achievements (like "God Told me To", "It's Alive" or "Q – the Winged Serpent") but it definitely is a well-elaborated and entertaining B-movie. Once again, Cohen succeeds in turning a familiar and every-day topic into an exciting and rather suspenseful thriller. Inconspicuously and well organized, a group of fake nurses and doctors drive around New York in an old-type of ambulance, picking up diabetics that suffer from a 'sudden attack'. After they're brought into the cool conveyance, they disappear and no one ever hears from them again. The womanizing comic-book artist Josh Baker coincidentally stumbles upon this suspicious organization when a broad he's been stalking for a long time is taken away in front of him. His search for the girl results in a tense and involving movie, filled with ingenious plot-twists and adorably eccentric New York-characters. The screenplay is very clever, the dialogues are well written and there isn't a dull moment in the entire movie. 'The Ambulance' isn't a horror film so the deaths aren't as sadistic as in other Cohen films and there's also the lack of pungent social criticism. Still, this is a truly cool movie that deserves a wider audience. Judging by his performance here, I'd say it's unjust that Eric Roberts' career went to waste so badly. He looks a little goofy but his lines are exhilarating and his bad-boy charisma definitely works for the character he plays. Even more amusing are the supporting roles like, for example, James Earl Jones as the weird and over-stressed copper and Red Buttons as the persistent journalist. Check it out!


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