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Broken Vessels (1998)

R | | Drama | 29 July 1999 (USA)
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
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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
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Ginger (as Charley Spradling London)
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Karen
Roger Castillo ...
Oscar (as Rodrigo Castillo)
David Baer ...
Bob
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Detective McMahon
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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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Rated R for strong and continuous drug use, language, sexuality and violence | See all certifications »
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$600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,722 (USA) (4 July 1999)

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$13,493 (USA) (15 August 1999)
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In the scene where they're taking a boy who was in critical condition to the hospital. Tom is in the back with the boy and Jimmy is driving. In real life situations, Jimmy who is a Paramedic should have been in the back, being it was a Advance Life Support situation. Tom who is a E.M.T-Basic should have been driving. See more »

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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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Grass Skirt Girl Ditty
Written & Performed by Todd Field
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Made with style
12 September 1999 | by (Sofia) – See all my reviews

OK, the story here is some kind of cliche, but it is shot with style and also shows some good acting performances. It has some parralels with Trainspotting. The soundtrack is fantastic, also the photography. There is a bit of disappointment that such good elements are not used in more remarkable way. This movie really deserved better screenplay. Nonetheless, it is an event to watch. Strongly recommended.


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