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Flatliners (1990)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  10 August 1990 (USA)
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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 <>

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Some lines shouldn't be crossed.


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Release Date:

10 August 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Línea mortal  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)


$61,490,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Kiefer sutherland and Julia Roberts started dating during the shooting of this film. This later resulted in an engagement that Roberts ultimately broke off. She later married Lyle Lovett. See more »


When Joe walks home (after the scene when David visits his old schoolyard), along with the guys carrying the big posters, the steadicam operator and the focus puller are reflected in a store window of the house. See more »


[first lines]
Nelson Wright: Today is a good day to die.
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Referenced in Tru Calling: Haunted (2003) See more »


Written and Performed by Dave Stewart
Courtesy of BMG Records (UK) Ltd.
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Excellent thriller flick!!
21 March 2006 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

Can't get much eerier than Flatliners. This deep, dark film had my heart pumping throughout. The lighting is dark and will get you in the mood for a death defying experience, literally. Keifer is in top form as he is today in 24. He's a great actor and he plays a very convincing and shocking role you won't forget for years to come. And what can you say for the rest of the cast? An all-star lineup, Julia is hotter than ever, Will, Oliver, and Kevin light up the stage in this thriller that will keep you gripping your seats. It's a refreshing sight to see a true thriller, with top notch professional actors. You won't regret seeing this 2 hour seat bender. -JL

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