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Broken Vessels (1998)

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A young Pennsylvania man moves to Los Angeles to begin work for an ambulance service. There he is teamed with a supremely confident vet who seemingly has gone through a large number of ... See full summary »

Director:

Scott Ziehl

Writers:

David Baer, Brent David Fraser (voice over co-writer) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Todd Field ... Jimmy
Jason London ... Tom
Roxana Zal ... Elizabeth
Susan Traylor ... Susy
James Hong ... Mr. Chen
Patrick Cranshaw ... Gramps
Brent David Fraser ... Jed
Stephanie Feury ... Jill
Dave Neilson Dave Neilson ... Rick
William Smith ... Bo
Charlie Spradling ... Ginger (as Charley Spradling London)
Ashlie Rhey ... Karen
Roger Castillo Roger Castillo ... Oscar (as Rodrigo Castillo)
David Baer ... Bob
Al Israel ... Detective McMahon
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Storyline

A young Pennsylvania man moves to Los Angeles to begin work for an ambulance service. There he is teamed with a supremely confident vet who seemingly has gone through a large number of partners. Initially the novice is awed by the more experienced man's capabilities to deal with the high pressure situations they encounter. However, gradually he discovers that all is not as it seems. While the vet is ice on the surface, he actually gets through the ordeals by heavy drug use and avoids commitments. Soon the younger man finds himself pulled into the same world and has to decide what direction he wants to take. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Over the edge and out of control. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong and continuous drug use, language, sexuality and violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dérapages See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,722, 4 July 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,493, 15 August 1999
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Ziehl & Zal See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

In the scene where they're taking a boy who was in critical condition to the hospital. Tom is in the back with the boy and Jimmy is driving. In real life situations, Jimmy who is a Paramedic should have been in the back, being it was a Advance Life Support situation. Tom who is a E.M.T-Basic should have been driving. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: I see how it's gonna be now. Some things are okay, some things aren't okay. Gotta run things by you first, see if it passes your little code of fucking ethics. Fuck you.
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References The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) See more »

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Written & Performed by Brent David Fraser
Produced by Martin Blasick & Brent David Fraser
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Despite thematic flaws, this is an intense, raw, well-acted blast of a film.
7 August 1999 | by Mach5See all my reviews

I came out of Broken Vessels feeling like I was 19 again, like nothing mattered except the next rush. The passing cars with their people going home from work, and the rest of the pedestrian surroundings, meant nothing to me. Which is very similar to the two main characters in this movie. This film is a raw, intense trip, shot all over the gritty side of L.A. I grew up here, and the film is true to the city, at least this perspective of it. The major flaw in Broken Vessels is that there was no universal theme, no message it delivered. The movie didn't seem to be *about* anything other than its own story. But the visual and emotional experience I got while viewing the film, in large part due to excellent directing by Scott Ziehl and acting by Todd Field, was well worth the price of admission.


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