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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
Charlie Spradling ...
Ginger (as Charley Spradling London)
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Karen
Roger Castillo ...
Oscar (as Rodrigo Castillo)
David Baer ...
Bob
Al Israel ...
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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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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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 see how it's gonna be now. Some things are okay, some things aren't okay. Gotta run things by you first, see if it passes your little code of fucking ethics. Fuck you.
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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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Bloody Amazing!
9 August 2000 | by (London) – See all my reviews

After Having huge expectations for Scorcese's "Bringing Out The Dead" I was somewhat disappointed. But where the hell did BROKEN VESSELS come from? This film is everything the other one promised to deliver but didn't. My brother sent me a DVD saying "This is the best Indie film of the year." The art work on the cover was dreadful. It looked like a stupid B horror film. The back of the thing had some awards listed and kudos for the actors. I watched it last night. What a ride! Who is Scott Ziehl? Who is Susan Traylor? And who is Todd Field? Field should have been nominated for this performance. I can only guess that the film went straight to video. Too bad more people won't see it. The film accurately depicted the decline of two young men into self delusion and drug abuse. Far better (dare I say) than "Trainspotting."


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