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The Ambulance (1990)

Josh Baker meets a very special woman, Cheryl, in the streets of New York. Suddenly she collapses, and she's picked up by an ambulance. When Josh wants to visit her in the hospital, it ... See full summary »

Director:

Larry Cohen

Writer:

Larry Cohen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Roberts ... Josh Baker
James Earl Jones ... Lt. Spencer
Megan Gallagher ... Officer Sandra Malloy
Red Buttons ... Elias Zacharai
Janine Turner ... Cheryl
Eric Braeden ... The Doctor
Richard Bright ... McClosky
James Dixon ... Detective 'Jughead' Ryan
Jill Gatsby ... Jerilyn
Martin Barter Martin Barter ... Street Gang Leader
Laurene Landon ... Patty
Nick Chinlund ... Hugo (as Nicholas Chinlund)
Matt Norklun ... Ambulance Driver
Rudy Jones ... Ambulance Driver
Stan Lee ... Marvel Comics Editor
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Storyline

Josh Baker meets a very special woman, Cheryl, in the streets of New York. Suddenly she collapses, and she's picked up by an ambulance. When Josh wants to visit her in the hospital, it appears that she hasn't been admitted in the hospital. Josh follows the roommate of Cheryl, and she disappears after a ride in the same ambulance. It's up to Josh to solve the secret behind this strange vehicle. Written by Tony Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl>

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You'll be in perfect health before you die.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ambulance See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The ambulance used is a 1973 Cadillac commercial chassis with coach work by Miller Meteor. It is a Lifeliner model with 54 inches of rear headroom. The actual movie car is now owned by a collector in California. See more »

Quotes

The Doctor: Yes, I will eventually kill you, but I assure you you'll be in perfect health when you die.
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Featured in Movie Nights: The Ambulance (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Do You Want My Love
Written by Gary McLaughlin & Gavin Christopher
Performed by Gavin Christopher
Produced by Gary McLaughlin
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Many good ideas, entertaining results
10 May 2001 | by janguSee all my reviews

Larry Cohen has not been known for coherence in his pictures. As a writer, he is often excellent with creative twists and turns for every story. As a director, he is often sloppy and mostly leaves you disappointed, thinking that a great opportunity has been lost. In his movies major characters disappear without explaination and whole chunks of plot often seem to be missing. All the while you are thinking "what a shame on such a good story!". To my surprise, I found that "Ambulance" actually is held together quite neatly. No chop-chop editing this time. The plot runs amok here and there, but not damagingly so. It is amusing and suspenseful with spunky performances by Gallagher and Roberts and a really good one by Red Buttons. Some effort have been put into the action sequences and interiors. This movie, unlike many other Cohen-directed, actually looks like it had a budget. The pace never flags and even if the ending is no great shakes, it's satisfying. Nice score too.


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