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Broken Vessels (1998)

 -  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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Jimmy
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Tom
Roxana Zal ...
Elizabeth
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Susy
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Mr. Chen
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Gramps
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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 ...
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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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Over the edge and out of control. 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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$600,000 (estimated)

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

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$13,493 (USA) (13 August 1999)
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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 »

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Jimmy: I like coke...you like coke? Yeah, things go better with coke.
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A realistic look at the effects of drug abuse.
13 March 2005 | by (Northern California) – See all my reviews

In my job as a guitar teacher, I come in contact with many kids who are at the place in their lives where they are very impressionable and often have a glamorized view of drug use. I have shown this movie to several kids as an example of how drug abuse can get out of control in a hurry and ruin lives. I point out that the main character, Tom, had no intention of becoming an addict, but before he knew it, he had become one, and it was a short ride to hell from there. This movie makes this point without seeming like a health class documentary. The kids I've shown it too seemed to get the message. I give this movie a high rating, if for no other reason, because it helps me to possibly save the kids from becoming what I myself had once been.


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