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Flatliners -- Medical students bring themselves near death; their experiment begins to go awry.
Flatliners -- Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon star in this "edge of your seat" thriller as medical students who push themselves to the boundaries of life itself and touch the face of death.  This offbeat drama is directed by Joel Schumacher.

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Director:
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:
Medical students bring themselves near death; their experiment begins to go awry. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
I have this flashback of Wednesday Addams about to electrocute Pugsly while playing a game called "Is there a God?" See more (136 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kiefer Sutherland ... Nelson

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:
Shauna O'Brien ... One of Joe's Women (uncredited)

Marie-Alise Recasner ... Girl at bottom of stairs (uncredited)
Amy Rochelle ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Joel Schumacher 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Peter Filardi (written by)

Produced by
Rick Bieber .... producer
Michael Douglas .... producer
Peter Filardi .... executive producer
Michael I. Rachmil .... executive producer (as Michael Rachmil)
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 .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary Bourgeois)
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Paul Timothy Carden .... sound editor
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Louis L. Edemann .... sound editor
Richard C. Franklin .... supervising sound editor (as Richard Franklin)
Rick Hart .... sound 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)
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
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
Thomas 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
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)
 
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
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
Jacolyn Baker .... location manager: Chicago
Steph Benseman .... location manager (as Stephan Benseman)
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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2.20 : 1 See more »
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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) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Iceland:14 | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Netherlands:12 | 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:
Hope Davis's film debut.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Nelson Wright:Today is a good day to die.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
PARTY TOWNSee more »

FAQ

What was the problem with the patient in the first scene?
What was the drug that no one wanted to use on Rachel because it would 'fry' her? Why? Is it even real?
What was the problem with the woman in the second scene?
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
I have this flashback of Wednesday Addams about to electrocute Pugsly while playing a game called "Is there a God?", 18 May 2012
Author: Frederick Smith from United States

Every time I think about this film, I have this flashback of Wednesday Addams about to electrocute Pugsly while playing a game called "Is there a God?" The premise of the film is that one could view the afterlife and come back with the ability to report on their findings. The idea that a medical school would admit or retain anyone who had these tendencies, let alone allow a sizable amount of expensive equipment to go unaccounted for, is ridiculous. Given that, I have to say the film has merit, but it is certainly not the merit of a sound plot.

The acting, however, is superb, and every cast member should be applauded for their ability to rise to the occasion in this somewhat palatable "horror" film.

Kiefer's ability to maintain his character's persona is exceptional, breaking at just the right moment in the film.

Julia Roberts certainly gives us a performance rivaling her work in previous films, as well as adding an interesting perspective to the idea of guilt and redemption.

Kevin Bacon is the glue than binds this band together, with his ability to maintain the focus of the five on the problems they are facing.

Oliver Platt provides an interesting sort of comic relief, and William Baldwin brings his boyish demeanor into play with his particular sin, although you have to wonder how that character ever got into medical school.

The sets really give us the "horror" feeling, and you have to give Joel Schumacher his props for his camera angles and framing of the these spooky rooms and buildings.

Rated R for violence, sexual references and scenes, and language, definitely not one for the younger set. Wouldn't want to give anyone ideas. Not particularly collectible.

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