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Flatliners -- Medical students bring themselves near death; their experiment begins to go awry.

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Writer (WGA):
Peter Filardi (written by)
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Release Date:
10 August 1990 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Some lines shouldn't be crossed.
Plot:
Five medical students experiment with "near death" experiences, until the dark consequences of past tragedies begin to jeopardize their lives. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A dark, original thriller See more (159 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kiefer Sutherland ... Nelson Wright

Julia Roberts ... Dr. Rachel Mannus

Kevin Bacon ... David Labraccio

William Baldwin ... Dr. Joe Hurley

Oliver Platt ... Randy Steckle

Kimberly Scott ... Winnie Hicks
Joshua Rudoy ... Billy Mahoney

Benjamin Mouton ... Rachel's Father
Aeryk Egan ... Young Nelson
Kesha Reed ... Young Winnie

Hope Davis ... Anne Coldren

Jim Ortlieb ... Uncle Dave
John Duda ... Young David (as John Joseph Duda)
Megan Stewart ... Playground Kid

Tressa Thomas ... Playground Kid
Gonzo Gonzalez ... Playground Kid
Afram Bill Williams ... Ben Hicks
Deborah Thompson Duda ... Terry (as Deborah Thompson)

Elinore O'Connell ... Rachel's Mother
Marilyn Dodds Frank ... Bag Lady
Sanna Vraa ... Bridget
Nicole Niblack ... Joe's Woman
Cynthia Bassham ... Joe's Woman
Sarabeth Tucek ... Joe's Woman
Ilona Margolis ... Joe's Woman

Julie Warner ... Joe's Woman
Iilana B'tiste ... Joe's Woman
Deborah Torchio ... Joe's Woman
Deborah Goomas ... Joe's Woman
Michelle McKee ... Joe's Woman
Nancy Moran ... Joe's Woman
Dede Latinopoulos ... Joe's Woman

Patricia Belcher ... Edna

Susan French ... Terminal Woman

Beth Grant ... Housewife
Cage S. Johnson ... Near Death Patient
Jared Milmeister ... Young Nelson's Friend
Patrick Gleeson ... Young Nelson's Friend
John Benjamin Martin ... Man on Crack

Lyne Odums ... Nurse

John Fink ... Doctor

Angela Paton ... Doctor
Evelina Fernández ... Latin Woman (as Evelina Fernandez)
Miguel Delgado ... Latin Husband
Ingrid Oliu ... Latin Wife
Raymond Hanis ... Latin Orderly
Zoaunne LeRoy ... Waitress
Tom Kurlander ... Medical Student
Nili Levi ... Little Girl
Anne James ... Beth

K.K. Dodds ... Jill
Natsuko Ohama ... Professor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeff Dlugolecki ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Shauna O'Brien ... One of Joe's Women (uncredited)

Ted Otis ... Medical Student (uncredited)

Marie-Alise Recasner ... Girl at the Bottom of Stairs (uncredited)
Amy Rochelle ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Joel Schumacher 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Peter Filardi (written by)

Produced by
Rick Bieber .... producer
Michael Douglas .... producer
Peter Filardi .... executive producer
Michael Rachmil .... executive producer
Scott Rudin .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
James Newton Howard 
 
Cinematography by
Jan de Bont (director of photography) (as Jan De Bont)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Brown 
 
Casting by
Mali Finn 
 
Production Design by
Eugenio Zanetti 
 
Art Direction by
Jim Dultz 
 
Set Decoration by
Anne Kuljian  (as Anne L. Kuljian)
 
Costume Design by
Susan Becker 
 
Makeup Department
Ve Neill .... makeup artist
Yolanda Toussieng .... hair stylist
Michael Burnett .... special makeup effects artist: dissection cadaver (uncredited)
Greg Cannom .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Vance Hartwell .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Dominic Mango .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Larry Odien .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Colin Penman .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Stephen McEveety .... unit production manager (as Steve McEveety)
Chantal Feghali .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John T. Kretchmer .... first assistant director (as John Kretchmer)
Judith Moore .... dga trainee (as Judith A. Moore)
Jeff Rafner .... first assistant director
Gary Schilz .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Greg John Callas .... construction coordinator (as Greg Callas)
Michael R. Gannon .... assistant property master
Richard Hoffenberg .... construction foreman
Stephen Homsy .... set designer
William A. Petrotta .... property master
Paul Sonski .... set designer
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Laurence Byrne .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Michael Denering .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Tom von Badinski .... welder (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Petra Bach .... adr editor
Anna Behlmer .... sound recordist
Gary C. Bourgeois .... re-recording mixer (as Gary Bourgeois)
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Paul Timothy Carden .... sound editor
Chris Carpenter .... re-recording mixer
Louis L. Edemann .... sound editor
Richard C. Franklin .... supervising sound editor (as Richard Franklin)
Rick Hart .... re-recording mixer
Nils C. Jensen .... sound editor (as Nils Jensen)
Angie Luckey .... assistant sound editor
David MacMillan .... production sound mixer (as David Macmillan)
Gary Mundheim .... sound editor
Richard Oswald .... sound editor
Fred Stafford .... adr editor (as Frederick Stafford)
Derek Casari .... dubbing engineer (uncredited)
Ed Golya .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Geoffrey Patterson .... boom operator (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Sam Barkin .... special effects: Chicago
Phil Cory .... special effects (as Philip Cory)
Hans Metz .... special effects
Richard L. Hill .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Jerry Lieberman .... special effects (uncredited)
Timothy W. Tiedje .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Donen .... visual effects supervisor
Jim Danforth .... matte artist (uncredited)
Peter Juneau .... visual effects projection (uncredited)
Mike Leben .... motion control operator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bill Erickson .... stunt coordinator
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt double (as Rick LeFevour)
Larry Nicholas .... stunt double
Bobby Porter .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Adcock .... second assistant camera
Ed Ayer .... chief lighting technician (as Edward A. Ayer)
Nathaniel James Dunn .... best boy grip (as Nathaniel 'Jim' Dunn)
Gene Kearney .... key grip
Ted J. Kredo .... best boy electric
Christine M. Loss .... still photographer (as Christine Loss)
Calmar Roberts .... first assistant camera (as Calmar K. Roberts Jr.)
Michael Scott .... camera operator
Moose Enright .... electrician (uncredited)
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Gregory Lundsgaard .... camera operator (uncredited)
Stan McClain .... camera operator: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Michael Shanman .... lighting board operator (uncredited)
Lou Weinert .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Megan McConnell .... casting assistant
Barbara L. Roche .... extras casting
Catherine Jane Holzer .... extras casting (uncredited)
Mark A. Ridge .... extras casting (uncredited)
Franklyn Warren .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kirsten Everberg .... assistant to costume designer
Rosemarie Fall .... costume supervisor: women
Nick Scarano .... costume supervisor: men
Stephen P. Shubin .... costume supervisor: men (as Steve Shubin)
Barbara Marko Friedman .... costumer (uncredited)
Marlene Hajdu .... set costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Dean Beville .... apprentice editor
David E. Blewitt .... additional editor (as Dave Blewitt)
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Jim Prior .... additional editor
Pattye Rogers .... assistant editor
James Seidelman .... assistant editor
Rick Sparr .... assistant editor
Fred C. Vitale .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Jacolyn Baker .... location manager: Chicago
Steph Benseman .... location manager (as Stephan Benseman)
 
Music Department
Chris Boardman .... additional orchestrator
Brad Dechter .... additional orchestrator (as Brad Decter)
Shawn Murphy .... scoring mixer
Marty Paich .... conductor
Dick Rudolph .... music supervisor
Paul Salamunovich .... conductor: St. Charles Borromeo Choir
Jon Wattenbarger .... conductor: boys choir
Jim Weidman .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Martin T. Hill .... transportation captain
William F. Hogan .... transportation co-captain: Chicago (as Billy Hogan Jr.)
Armand Paoletti .... transportation coordinator: Chicago
James C. Taylor .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Pamela Alch .... script supervisor
Rocky Buzzini .... production assistant (as Rocky A. Buzzini)
Peter DePalma .... assistant: Mr. Douglas (as Peter De Palma)
Guy Ferland .... assistant: Mr. Schumacher
Lynette Graves .... production assistant
Erica Heider .... assistant: Mr. Rachmil
Patricia Jeffers .... production assistant
Tammy Karabas .... assistant production coordinator: Chicago
Shari Leibowitz .... production coordinator
Boone Narr .... animal trainer
Ramon Pahoyo .... craft service (as Ramon B. Pahoya)
Tim Pedegana .... assistant production coordinator
Barbara Shane .... assistant: Mr. Bieber
Susan Trembly .... publicist
Robin Vail .... assistant: Mr. Rachmil
Gaston Vidou .... production assistant
Julie Yarrish .... assistant: Mr. Schumacher
Ray Zimmerman .... production accountant (as Raymond G. Zimmerman)
Ursula Brauner .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Bob Corff .... voice teacher (uncredited)
Steve Kraus .... dailies projectionist (uncredited)
Heather Pollock .... production assistant (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Marsha Zvonkin .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
115 min | Finland:110 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | CDS (digital 35 mm prints) | Dolby (analog 35 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A (Manitoba) (TV rating) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15/13 (2001 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) | France:12 | Iceland:14 | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Netherlands:16 (original rating) | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) | New Zealand:M | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/18 (Qualidade) | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #30218) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Producer Michael Douglas had previously starred in a film in the same mixed genre, in Michael Crichton's Coma (1978).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene where Rachel stares into the mirror, the writing on the wall under the mirror changes.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Nelson Wright:Today is a good day to die.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
THE CLAPPING SONGSee more »

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21 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
A dark, original thriller, 2 July 1999
Author: nitehawk-8 from San Diego, USA

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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