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Five medical students experiment with "near death" experiences, until the dark consequences of past tragedies begin to jeopardize their lives.

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Joel Schumacher

Writer:

Peter Filardi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Nelson Wright
Julia Roberts ... Dr. Rachel Mannus
Kevin Bacon ... David Labraccio
William Baldwin ... Joe Hurley
Oliver Platt ... Randy Steckle
Kimberly Scott ... Winnie Hicks
Joshua Rudoy ... Billy Mahoney
Benjamin Mouton ... Rachel's Father
Aeryk Egan Aeryk Egan ... Young Nelson
Kesha Reed Kesha Reed ... Young Winnie
Hope Davis ... Anne Coldren
Jim Ortlieb ... Uncle Dave
John Duda John Duda ... Young Labraccio (as John Joseph Duda)
Megan Stewart Megan Stewart ... Playground Kid
Tressa Thomas ... Playground Kid
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Storyline

Medical students begin to explore the realm of near death experiences, hoping for insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived. They begin having flashes of walking nightmares from their childhood, reflecting sins they committed or had committed against them. The experiences continue to intensify, and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions as they try and go deeper into the death experience to find a cure. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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It's beautiful. It's erotic. It's terrifying. They know. They've crossed the line. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Línea mortal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,034,685, 12 August 1990

Gross USA:

$61,489,265

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,489,265
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| CDS (digital 35 mm prints)| Dolby (analog 35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

After two weeks of shooting in more than twelve locations in Chicago, Illinois, the production traveled to Burbank, California, to film on the Burbank studios lot. Principal photography was completed on January 22, 1990. See more »

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Nelson Wright: Today is a good day to die.
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One of Schumachers better ones
21 October 2011 | by rlaineSee all my reviews

I recall seeing this movie three times, first in the early 90s, then 00s and now I just saw it again and each time I've grown more fond of it. There is something in Schumachers style that drags me into it. The story is OK, nothing really remarkable. It's one part ghost story, one part medical thriller, one part love triangle.

What really makes this movie worthwhile is Schumachers direction. He's got a very good eye for this Gothic style. One might wonder why the school was so poorly lit, or what exactly was the place they did their experiments at, but it's all for the mood, it's all style. Sometimes style does go over substance, but in this case they work hand in hand. The Gothic architecture and gloomy late autumnal Chicago are just what this movie needed. Just like The Lost Boys IS small town sunny California. Schumacher should've stuck to this style which clearly is his forte, but sadly he has since had a very varying career with only occasional hits.

The cast is great, all of the stars have gone a long way since. Makes one only wonder what could've become of William Baldwin had he made better career moves. He is very good in this movie. I've always liked Kiefer Sutherland as a movie actor, and he does a remarkable job here too. I really would've rather seen him as a full time movie actor rather than going for TV.

There is only one thing that bothers me in this movie and it's the story in all it's simplicity. If people have had near death experiences before and have come back to tell, what new did this crew try to achieve? If not only have personal experience of death, but I got the idea most of them were in it for the science. Why risk brain damage and gamble with life for something you will not get any proof anyway. Especially given that they are medical students, the story is not 100 % believable, but like I stated earlier, watch this movie more for the mood.

I'm glad it's already been so long since the 90s so one can start appreciate the movies of this decade again without getting caught on the hairdos and such.


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