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Broken Vessels (1998)

R | | Drama | 29 July 1999 (USA)
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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 »

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... Jimmy
... Tom
... Elizabeth
... Susy
... Mr. Chen
... Gramps
... Jed
... Jill
Dave Neilson ... Rick
... Bo
... Ginger (as Charley Spradling London)
... Karen
Roger Castillo ... Oscar (as Rodrigo Castillo)
... Bob
... Detective McMahon
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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 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 »

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Rated R for strong and continuous drug use, language, sexuality and violence | See all certifications »
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$600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,722, 4 July 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,493, 15 August 1999
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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 »

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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 Bill Laswell, Lori Carson
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Once Seen, Never Forget
1 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is a film that once seen, the viewer will never forget. I'm at a loss for the low score here at IMDb. The performances are riveting and the depiction of generational drug abuse is something of which to take notice.

Those that think this dumps on the EMT profession, need to get real. What? You think that there are no abusers in this field of work? In fact, the one time I had to ride in a "bus," the EMT was starting an IV and I said "you guys haven't been cruising the park before coming here, have you?" He started laughing and told me how much he loved this film.

Of course, these guys could have been in any profession, but the superior irony would have been lost. This is one drug film I can recommend without hesitation, as it is chilling and stark. It in no way "glamorizes" drug use or the culture.


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