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Bringing Out the Dead

  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • 1999
  • Martin Scorsese
  • 115 mins
  • 18

Summary

Drama starring Nicolas Cage and Patricia Arquette. Over the course of three night shifts, burnt-out New York paramedic Frank Pierce becomes increasingly attracted to Mary, the daughter of a heart attack victim. But he is still haunted by visions of Rose, a young girl whose life he failed to save.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

This blistering urban drama is one of Martin Scorsese's lesser-known films, but it still finds the director on stellar form. Nicolas Cage plays a highly strung paramedic who ruminates on life, death and the city over the course of three wild nights patrolling midtown Manhattan. Adapted from Joe Connelly's semi-autobiographical novel by screenwriter Paul Schrader, the film is a loose companion piece to his and Scorsese's earlier opus Taxi Driver. Once again, the New York streets are styled into a nocturnal, Boschian hellscape - only this time updated to reflect issues like the crack and opioid epidemics and the critical failure of America's profit-driven healthcare system. Cage gives one of his finest performances, and his nervy lead character remains sympathetic as he grapples with his calling while spiralling into insomniac mania. A smart, urgent and compulsively entertaining blend of the personal, political and religious, this stands among both Scorsese's and Schrader's most accomplished statements.

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Credits

Cast

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Frank PierceNicolas Cage
Mary BurkePatricia Arquette
LarryJohn Goodman
MarcusVing Rhames
Tom WollsTom Sizemore
NoelMarc Anthony
Nurse ConstanceMary Beth Hurt
Cy CoatesCliff Curtis
DispatcherMartin Scorsese

Crew

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DirectorMartin Scorsese

Details

Theatrical distributor
Buena Vista
Released on
2000-01-07
Languages
English
Guidance
May be edited for language, violence and drug abuse.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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