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Bringing Out the Dead (1999)

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An extremely burnt-out Manhattan ambulance paramedic, haunted by those he failed to save, fights desperately to keep a grip on his sanity over three increasingly turbulent nights.

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Storyline

An Easter story. Frank is a Manhattan medic, working graveyard in a two-man ambulance team. He's burned out, exhausted, seeing ghosts, especially a young woman he failed to save six months' before, and no longer able to save people: he brings in the dead. We follow him for three nights, each with a different partner: Larry, who thinks about dinner, Marcus, who looks to Jesus, and Tom, who wallops people when work is slow. Frank befriends the daughter of a heart victim he brings in; she's Mary, an ex-junkie, angry at her father but now hoping he'll live. Frank tries to get fired, tries to quit, and keeps coming back, to work and to Mary, in need of his own rebirth. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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ghost | paramedic | ambulance | rescue | hell | See more »

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Saving a Life is the ultimate rush See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for gritty violent content, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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22 October 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vidas al límite  »

Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£356,544 (UK) (7 January 2000)

Gross:

£967,925 (UK) (21 January 2000)
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This, along with Sleepy Hollow (1999), was the last movie to be released on the LaserDisc format. See more »

Goofs

When Marcus is talking on the radio, he has the microphone "keyed" so that he can transmit. The female dispatcher can be heard talking back to him while he still has the button depressed. This is impossible, since you can transmit or receive, but not at the same time, on this type of system. See more »

Quotes

Frank Pierce: I realised that my training was useful in less than ten percent of the calls, and saving lives was rarer than that. After a while, I grew to understand that my role was less about saving lives than about bearing witness. I was a grief mop. It was enough that I simply turned up.
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References Raising Arizona (1987) See more »

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Llegaste a Mi
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Performed by Marc Anthony
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Excellent movie
4 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As an emergency physician and film buff, this film is one of my favorites. Martin Scorcese utilized excellent film technique with his inventive camera shots integrated with a dark comedic plot (check out the triage nurse) to create a bright modern cinema masterpiece with rich characters, comedic irony, and a sense of perseverance against overwhelming angst and the dark underbelly of modern urban life. This film is a classic on a par with Harold and Maude, and the King of Hearts. Three thumbs up- (I'm dysmorphic)... In any case, this movie deserves to be watched by anyone involved in healthcare and anyone involved in EMS activities.


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