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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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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 <>

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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 »




Release Date:

29 July 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dérapages  »

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Box Office


$600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Written & Performed by Bill Laswell, Lori Carson
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the loss of self
13 December 2000 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

this film came out about the same time as "bringing out the dead". with all due respect to Martin and Nick-this is the movie they could have made if hollywood hadn't warped the way a story is told. style over substance. with that said-this is a tough film to watch. the performances are dead solid perfect. the voice over is a difficult device to pull off and it doesn't always work here, but... there was a truth that i wanted to watch play out.

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