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Flatliners (1990)

Five 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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Línea mortal  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

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$61,490,000 (USA)
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The movie features the up-tempo rock song "Party Town", which was written and performed by Dave Stewart (David A. Stewart) of rock band Eurythmics fame. Arista Records released the song as the first single on Stewart's debut solo album, and as a music video directed by Joel Schumacher, containing footage from this movie. See more »

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During the Gross Anatomy dissection, the medical students are told to remove the ascending colon to the transverse colon, then to continue to the sigmoid colon until reaching the appendix. The appendix is located on the right side of the colon, at the beginning of the ascending colon. The above description would put it on the left side, near the end of the sigmoid (the last part of the colon before the rectum). See more »

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Nelson Wright: Today is a good day to die.
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Referenced in DAG: Meet Sullivan Pope (2000) See more »

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THE CLAPPING SONG
Written by Lincoln Chase
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Good premise into well-told story
9 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Flatliners has all the ingredients of a good Joel Schumacher film - intelligent, youthful characters, stunning cinematography, a gripping story, and excellent performances. It's escapist fun but it's done very well and resonates with a positive spiritual message despite the unnerving precedings.

Schumacher has a knack for spotting talented young actors, and all of the main five here have gone on to greater things (see the cast list). Their believable performances help to raise this movie well above average. Kiefer Sutherland shines in his egotistical med-student role.

The cinematography really stimulates the right side of the brain, which is what I love about Schumacher; his use of light and location create images that stick. A disturbing nightmarish atmosphere is created which unsettles you while you watch the film and haunts you when you go to bed - reminded me of The Lost Boys.

This is a film that takes an awesome premise - curious students want to find out what's after death, and successfully follows it through into a scary, gripping tale of redemption. One of Schumacher's best; highly recommended.


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