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Bringing Out the Dead (1999)

Haunted by the patients he failed to save, an extremely burned-out Manhattan ambulance paramedic fights to maintain his sanity over three fraught and turbulent nights.

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An Easter story. Frank is a Manhattan medic, working graveyard in a two-man ambulance team. He's burned out, exhausted, seeing ghosts, especially a young woman he failed to save six months' before, and no longer able to save people: he brings in the dead. We follow him for three nights, each with a different partner: Larry, who thinks about dinner, Marcus, who looks to Jesus, and Tom, who wallops people when work is slow. Frank befriends the daughter of a heart victim he brings in; she's Mary, an ex-junkie, angry at her father but now hoping he'll live. Frank tries to get fired, tries to quit, and keeps coming back, to work and to Mary, in need of his own rebirth. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for gritty violent content, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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22 October 1999 (USA)  »

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Vidas al límite  »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,193,052, 24 October 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,640,210, 9 January 2000
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Trivia

Martin Scorsese's first film for Paramount. The studio had previously put The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) into turnaround amid protests from religious groups. Scorsese later signed a long-term deal with the studio that ended due to a budget dispute over The Irishman (2018). See more »

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Right after Larry puts Mr. Burke on the cardiac monitor, Frank pushes I.V. drugs. No one started an I.V. See more »

Quotes

[Frank and Marcus are delivering a baby in a rundown building]
Frank Pierce: Oh Jesus, we'd better go. Call for backup. It's coming.
Marcus: My God, Frank, what the hell is that?
Frank Pierce: It's three legs.
Marcus: That's too many.
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Referenced in Inside the Actors Studio: Martin Scorsese (2002) See more »

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Janie Jones
Written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones
Performed by The Clash
Courtesy of Epic Records and Sony Music Entertainment (EMI) Ltd.
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Excellent movie
4 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

As an emergency physician and film buff, this film is one of my favorites. Martin Scorcese utilized excellent film technique with his inventive camera shots integrated with a dark comedic plot (check out the triage nurse) to create a bright modern cinema masterpiece with rich characters, comedic irony, and a sense of perseverance against overwhelming angst and the dark underbelly of modern urban life. This film is a classic on a par with Harold and Maude, and the King of Hearts. Three thumbs up- (I'm dysmorphic)... In any case, this movie deserves to be watched by anyone involved in healthcare and anyone involved in EMS activities.


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