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Paramedics (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy | June 1988 (USA)
Two paramedics are transferred to the nasty part of the city where a gang is killing people to sell their organs.

Director:

Stuart Margolin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Newbern ... Uptown
Christopher McDonald ... Mad Mike
John P. Ryan ... Captain Prescott
James Noble ... Chief Wilkins
John Pleshette ... Doctor Lido
Elaine Wilkes Elaine Wilkes ... Savannah
Lydie Denier ... Liette
Javier Grajeda ... Bennie
Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs ... Blade Runner (as Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs)
Karen Lorre ... Danger Girl (as Karen Witter)
Ray Walston ... Heart Attack Victim
Leigh Hamilton ... Dispatcher
Sally Kellerman ... Dispatcher (voice)
Robert DoQui ... Moses
Bill Johnson ... Big Caesar
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Storyline

Two paramedics are transferred to the nasty part of the city where a gang is killing people to sell their organs.

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Call them smooth, call them slick, just don't call them when you're sick! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Academia de Enfermeiros See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$402,619
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Crow Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Both George Newburn and Christopher MacDonald provided their voices to the series of the DCAU. George provided the voice of Superman in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. And Christopher also provided the voice of the future version of Superman in Batman Beyond, also the father Jor-El in the animated movie Superman: The Last Son of Krypton. And, in one episode of Justice League Unlimited See more »

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On the run from the villain paramedics, Savanah uses her key to unlock the driver side door, even though the window is clearly open. See more »

Quotes

Marshall: NOW, WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU, MAN?
Daryl Cage: [grabs him by the neck] Hey, listen, I got ten keys of smack! It doesn't matter who the fuck I am! Who the fuck are you?
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Connections

References Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

LONG LEGGED WOMAN
Written by Jim Messina and Gary Burr
Performed by Jim Messina
Courtesy of Jasperilla Music Co. and Garwin Music
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Work of an underrated, misunderstood perfectionist, a proto-Mathew Barney
17 October 2005 | by mlopez1-1See all my reviews

Stuart Margolin makes his most breathtaking, undisciplined work in his unfortunately overlooked farcical chronicle of American paramedic life in South Central during the decadent and confusing mid-1980's. Margolin innovative use of experimental lighting techniques and lenses developed by NASA to translate Los Angeles'city scape will leave you rocked with emotion and begging for more. Christopher McDonald is in top form delivering a seamless portrayal of Mad Mike: a jaded but dedicated paramedic struggling to maintain a grasp on his fleeting morals in face of the demands in a decaying and stubbornly self-destructive society. Along with a powerhouse performance by George Newbern as Uptown, Mad Mike's partner returning to his once prosperous neighborhood to clean up dead children laid to waste by gang warfare. If you like this film as much as I do, do yourself a favor and get a copy of Margolin's next film 1990's B.L. Stryker: Plates starring Alfie Wise, Ossie Davis and Burt Reynolds, another unrecognized experimental classic.


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