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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 »

Director:

Scott Ziehl

Writers:

David Baer, Brent David Fraser (voice over co-writer) | 2 more credits »
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1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Runtime:

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 like coke...you like coke? Yeah, things go better with coke.
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References The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) See more »

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Bring Down
Performed by Brent David Fraser
Written & Produced by Martin Blasick & Brent David Fraser
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Bloody Amazing!
9 August 2000 | by Tony ColletteSee all my reviews

After Having huge expectations for Scorcese's "Bringing Out The Dead" I was somewhat disappointed. But where the hell did BROKEN VESSELS come from? This film is everything the other one promised to deliver but didn't. My brother sent me a DVD saying "This is the best Indie film of the year." The art work on the cover was dreadful. It looked like a stupid B horror film. The back of the thing had some awards listed and kudos for the actors. I watched it last night. What a ride! Who is Scott Ziehl? Who is Susan Traylor? And who is Todd Field? Field should have been nominated for this performance. I can only guess that the film went straight to video. Too bad more people won't see it. The film accurately depicted the decline of two young men into self delusion and drug abuse. Far better (dare I say) than "Trainspotting."


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