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Broken Vessels (1998)

R | | Drama | 29 July 1999 (USA)
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A young Pennsylvania man moves to Los Angeles to begin work for an ambulance service. There he is teamed with a supremely confident vet who seemingly has gone through a large number of ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Jimmy
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Tom
Roxana Zal ...
Elizabeth
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Susy
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Mr. Chen
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Jed
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Jill
Dave Neilson ...
Rick
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Bo
Charlie Spradling ...
Ginger (as Charley Spradling London)
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Karen
Roger Castillo ...
Oscar (as Rodrigo Castillo)
David Baer ...
Bob
Al Israel ...
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A young Pennsylvania man moves to Los Angeles to begin work for an ambulance service. There he is teamed with a supremely confident vet who seemingly has gone through a large number of partners. Initially the novice is awed by the more experienced man's capabilities to deal with the high pressure situations they encounter. However, gradually he discovers that all is not as it seems. While the vet is ice on the surface, he actually gets through the ordeals by heavy drug use and avoids commitments. Soon the younger man finds himself pulled into the same world and has to decide what direction he wants to take. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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They're an accident waiting to happen. See more »

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Rated R for strong and continuous drug use, language, sexuality and violence | See all certifications »
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29 July 1999 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,722 (USA) (2 July 1999)

Gross:

$13,493 (USA) (13 August 1999)
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Goofs

When Tom and Jimmy respond to the car accident, Jimmy shocks one of the victims with a defibrillator but doesn't press the "shock" buttons on the paddles. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: I like coke...you like coke? Yeah, things go better with coke.
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References The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) See more »

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Bring Down
Performed by Brent David Fraser
Written & Produced by Martin Blasick & Brent David Fraser
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A Remarkable Film
1 May 2001 | by (Portland, Oregon,USA) – See all my reviews

I just saw this film on cable. It's fantastic. Why was it not in theaters? Jason London and Todd Field are amazing together. Scott Ziehl certainly has a future as a filmmaker. I guess it's true that great films are discovered as "Cable Classics." The fact that Broken Vessels is so superior to Bringing Up The Dead, and did still not get released, says alot about the state of independent film. I missed the first few minutes and so I stopped by my local BlockBuster to see if a copy was in. They never heard of it. Remember this film is only three years old. Anyway, finally I tracked it down at my local specialty store. My God, the art work on the cover was enough to make me sick. It looked like some perverse horror film. The company that distributed this film are IDIOTS!!!


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