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Bringing Out the Dead (1999)

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Haunted by the patients he failed to save, an extremely burned-out Manhattan ambulance paramedic fights to maintain his sanity over three fraught and turbulent nights.

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Martin Scorsese

Writers:

Joe Connelly (novel), Paul Schrader (screenplay)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Frank Pierce
Patricia Arquette ... Mary Burke
John Goodman ... Larry
Ving Rhames ... Marcus
Tom Sizemore ... Tom Wolls
Marc Anthony ... Noel
Mary Beth Hurt ... Nurse Constance
Cliff Curtis ... Cy Coates
Nestor Serrano ... Dr. Hazmat
Aida Turturro ... Nurse Crupp
Sonja Sohn ... Kanita
Cynthia Roman Cynthia Roman ... Rose
Afemo Omilami ... Griss
Cullen O. Johnson Cullen O. Johnson ... Mr. Burke (as Cullen Oliver Johnson)
Arthur J. Nascarella ... Captain Barney (as Arthur Nascarella)
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Storyline

An Easter story. Frank is a Manhattan medic, working graveyard in a two-man ambulance team. He's burned out, exhausted, seeing ghosts, especially a young woman he failed to save six months' before, and no longer able to save people: he brings in the dead. We follow him for three nights, each with a different partner: Larry, who thinks about dinner, Marcus, who looks to Jesus, and Tom, who wallops people when work is slow. Frank befriends the daughter of a heart victim he brings in; she's Mary, an ex-junkie, angry at her father but now hoping he'll live. Frank tries to get fired, tries to quit, and keeps coming back, to work and to Mary, in need of his own rebirth. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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From the Director of Taxi Driver See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for gritty violent content, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vidas al límite See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,193,052, 24 October 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,640,210, 9 January 2000
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Martin Scorsese's wife Helen was pregnant with their daughter Francesca during the filming of Bringing Out the Dead. See more »

Goofs

The ambulances seen in the film do not have the logo of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation on the cab doors. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Hazmat: I thought you said this guy was dead.
Frank Pierce: He got better.
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Referenced in You Shoot, I Shoot (2001) See more »

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I'm So Bored With the USA
Written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones
Performed by The Clash
Courtesy of Epic Records and Sony Music Entertainment (EMI) Ltd.
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Ambulance blues.
9 January 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Martin Scorcese's heroes have always been some of kind of Christs:"Taxi driver" is the most prominent example,but the boxer in "raging bull" is another one.It was downright embarrassing he totally missed the point when he made his "last temptation"

Nicholas Cage is another modern Christ (check the poster),and the last picture leaves no doubt about it when he and Patricia Arquette look like a pieta.More a chronicle than a real story,this is a two-hour wandering through the deepest worlds of human despair.the hero experiments helplessness,culpability and remorse.His "victims" ,so to speak,come back to haunt him and he's gradually slipping into madness.It's hard to be a saint in the city .

As always in Scorcese's movies ,the soundtrack is particularly good ,including REM's "what' s the frequency Kenneth?" and 10,000 Maniacs'"these are days"(from an album called "our time in eden"!).The cinematography is often dazzling when the ambulance goes thru the neons at night.Nevertheless,if you're feeling down-in-the-mouth,avoid.


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