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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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They're an accident waiting to happen. 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 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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Connections

References The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) See more »

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Grass Skirt Girl Ditty
Written & Performed by Todd Field
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A neat little movie
21 October 1999 | by allyjackSee all my reviews

This is a neat little movie with a lot of energy and control - it's not overly flashy or gimmicky and doesn't indulge in excessive Tarantino-aping; the Field character is truly sleazy, but the movie keeps everything within plausible limits of degradation and loss of control, so that his pull on London is easy to understand without losing moral perspective. It's a two-hander at heart, but through various secondary characters - especially Field's Gramps, a hopeless drug addict - it manages to carve out a plausible broader social base (even if you wonder how the guys ever manage to get through any of their shifts intact). Some of the specific exposition is tedious, or overly familiar and dutiful, or just marginally amusing, but the meat of it lies simply in colourful incident, and in that regard it has real panache and sense of character.


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