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People Are Dead (2002)

Not Rated | | Drama | 2002 (USA)
A group of disconnected people are all being brought together by a string of awkward events in post-tragedy 9/11 Manhattan... A body-snatcher (Mia Tyler) is snatching up dead bodies off the... See full summary »

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Angela the Broadway actress
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Kevin the filmmaker
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Tasha - Angela's Friend
Cinqué Lee ...
Cinque - Kevin's Friend
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The Body Snatcher
Joe Bettis
Rick Suman ...
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Morgan Ward
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Angela's Friend #1
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Angela's Friend #2
Sevrin Anne Mason ...
Angela's Friend #3
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A group of disconnected people are all being brought together by a string of awkward events in post-tragedy 9/11 Manhattan... A body-snatcher (Mia Tyler) is snatching up dead bodies off the streets of the city and no one seems to know exactly what she is doing with them, especially the two cops (Peter McNolte and Eddie Steeples) who are assigned to find her. Across town, Angela (Angela Bettis) is a depressed Broadway actress who has a reunion with her old friend (Tasha Guvara) and there is some awkward tension about the distance that is now between them. Angela's boyfriend Kevin (Kevin Ford), a neurotic, self-proclaimed 'suicidal' filmmaker, captures the women's reunion for his 'new movie.' In order to lift up his own spirits, Kevin seeks out the counsel of his paranoid best friend (Cinque Lee) to try to find advice about life... Soundtracked by a medley of music from the band Sonic Youth, PEOPLE ARE DEAD is a slice out of contemporary New York life. But not the high-brow kind that is... Written by matt-282

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A strangely moving look at our mortality and how we deal with it.
11 December 2005 | by (Brighton, England) – See all my reviews

Pretty decent independent film. Some acting is better then others but overall the quality is high and the production is pretty reasonable for such a project too, with some of the more artistic scenes (images and music) being quite moving.

The two cops aren't very believable as cops but everyone is believable enough as people and that seems to be what the movie is about. People and mortality. So pretty much true to the title (with a touch of apathy thrown in for a bonus). In many ways the film doesn't go anywhere, but it is about people and not events so the journey is much more inwards.

This obviously isn't Hollywood (despite many of the actors being people you'd not be surprised to see in a Hollywood film), so there is an absence of "polish", but don't let that put you off. It's good to see a film that is actually American and not Hollywood American (if you see what I mean). I can't speak for how well it reflects real life in America as I'm not from that country (and I've never even been to New York), but to an outsider at least it does feel more genuine.

This film can currently be watched for free at Mo-Freaks web site (along with a few others). Worth a viewing IMHO.


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