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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 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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They're an accident waiting to happen. See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong and continuous drug use, language, sexuality and violence | See all certifications »
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When Tom and Jimmy respond to the car accident, Jimmy shocks one of the victims with a defibrillator but doesn't press the "shock" buttons on the paddles. 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 Bill Laswell, Lori Carson
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Oscar-worthy performance from Todd Field
25 June 2006 | by raegan_butcherSee all my reviews

I was floored by this movie. Having spent seven years in various Washington state prisons alongside the disenfranchised casualties of the idiotic and doomed "war on drugs",I am no stranger to the deleterious effects of drug abuse and I thought this movie was one of the very few anti-drug movies that really got the message across without preaching or appearing to glamorize drugs. Jason London quite impressed me with his portrayal of a small town innocent corrupted by big city vices. But the film belongs to Todd Field; he gives an Oscar-worthy performance.This is a classic, really. Right up there with Dugstore Cowboy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ground Zero See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Ziehl & Zal See more »
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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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