Bringing Out the Dead

Bringing Out the Dead

DVD - 2000
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Forty-eight hours in the life of a burnt out paramedic who is haunted by the memories of people he could not save.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, c2000.
ISBN: 9780792164074
0792164075
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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oldwestfan
Nov 23, 2018

Well I wasn't buying it so bad that I just killed it after 15 minutes or so.

Sorry Martin, this time you lost me. This time your soundtrack tried too hard - it was forced and intrusive, didn't merge naturally with the action. And it didn't help that it was your voice as the dispatcher coming through the squawk box in the ambulance. I didn't buy Nic Cage's tortured soul narration. I didn't buy the stagey ugliness of the street scenes. I didn't buy John Goodman's rat-a-tat repartee. I saw actors just taking turns reciting their lines. I didn't believe that the ER doctor would spend that much time with ambulance driver Cage amidst all the ER chaos, which itself was too clearly choreographed and staged. You were trying too hard to convince and over-playing it! In no way did I buy that this was a realistic portrayal of an inner-city ambulance driver and hospital.

And who should emerge from the chaos of the ER than ER nurse Aida Turturro (Janice from The Sopranos)! Janice - a nurse?? An inner city ER nurse?? Oh the horror....the horror! :)

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WebsterLibrary
Nov 24, 2016

Possibly Scorcese's most underrated film. Ranks up there with Taxi Driver. Didn't catch on with the public, possibly because of the bleak and dark world of paramedics. Ranks in top 3 of Roger Ebert's favorite Scorcese films. A subtle performance from Nick Cage in the era when he was regarded still regarded A-list award winning actor. And Ving Rhames steals every scene he's in....

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marx_bro
Dec 31, 2014

Checked-out this flick but decided not to watch. Nick Cage is starting to get on my nerves. Watch "Drive Angry" - sounds like about the same premise.

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Monolith
Nov 30, 2014

Not at the top of my list for Scorsese flicks, but different... Opened my eyes as to the horribly monotonous and depressing career of EMS people (NYC EMS, anyways.). Nic Cage was his typical over-the-top self. I found Patricia Arquette's character's edgy vulnerability very engaging and somehow attractive in a bizarre way. Can't really explain that one too well... :/

aaa5756 Dec 25, 2012

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance”. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”

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