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Bringing Out the Dead (1999)

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Haunted by the patients he failed to save, an extremely burned-out Manhattan ambulance paramedic fights to maintain his sanity over three fraught and turbulent nights.

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Nurse Constance
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Dr. Hazmat
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Rose
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Mr. Burke (as Cullen Oliver Johnson)
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Captain Barney (as Arthur Nascarella)
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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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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:

$6,193,052 (USA) (22 October 1999)

Gross:

$16,640,210 (USA) (7 January 2000)
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Trivia

Ten codes are not universal. They vary by department and region. This is best illustrated by 09/11 & New Orleans during Katrina, when responders from all over the nation came to assist but were unable to communicate effectively due to differences in radio technology and 10 code terminology, thus the aforementioned "10 - 22" is more likely a code used by the service the author worked for, or a faux code used by the director / producer for authenticity and verisimilitude. See more »

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During Frank's trip, when he's flashing back to trying to save Rose, when he's seen sitting in the ambulance, as it drives by. All the snow is shown flying upward. When the camera closes on Frank through the ambulance window, the reflections of the surroundings are moving back to front, which means that the ambulance is driving backward rather than forward, like is shown in the street shot. See more »

Quotes

Frank Pierce: [listening to the radio] Hey, it's Love!
Marcus: Yep, she only works when I'm workin'.
Frank Pierce: I heard you and Love went on a blind date.
Marcus: Yeah.
Frank Pierce: She hit you with a bottle?
Marcus: Why you gotta bring that up? She loved me like no woman ever has.
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References Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »

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I'm So Bored With the USA
Written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones
Performed by The Clash
Courtesy of Epic Records and Sony Music Entertainment (EMI) Ltd.
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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