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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 <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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Kevin Bacon's film debut, 12 years earlier, had been Animal House (1978), opposite Kiefer Sutherland's father, Donald Sutherland. See more »


Throughout numerous references in the film, it is understood to be depicted in (then) present-day 1990, yet on Billy Mahoney's tombstone it reads that he died in 1976. After the cemetery scene, Joe and Randy get picked up by David where Randy states that "Billy died 17 years ago", changing the depicted present date to 1993. See more »


[first lines]
Nelson Wright: Today is a good day to die.
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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #2.11 (2003) See more »


Written and Performed by Dave Stewart
Courtesy of BMG Records (UK) Ltd.
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A dark, original thriller
2 July 1999 | by (San Diego, USA) – See all my reviews

Hmmm.... Since I love Kiefer Sutherland so much, my review might be a little biased. He was, however, pretty good in Flatliners. A wonderful idea for a movie, and a great gothic-type thriller. Sutherland's guilt and fright at the return of boy he taunted terribly when he was young (I'll try not to give away the rest) seemed genuine, especially since he seems drawn more often than not to act characters that are a**holes (there was really no other way to put it). As a young medical school student, his research into life after death draws his friends into dangerous situations and a great finale. The medical school did seem a little sub-standard, though, I will admit. Kevin Bacon is great in Flatliners, as is one of my favorite sarcastic actors, Oliver Platt. William Baldwin's also a cutie and did okay, and though I'm not a Julia Roberts fan, so did she. The plot will draw you in and keep you on the edge of your seat, and there's an interesting dark atmosphere pervaded by a lot of red and blue for emotional impact. A good movie.. I'd give it at least an 8 out of 10

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