Bringing Out The Dead Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 5110

Average Rating: 2.6/4

# of Ratings: 87

Theatrical Release Date: 10/22/1999

Language: English

Genre: Drama, Thriller

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Martin Scorsese

Actors: Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, Ving Rhames, John Goodman, Patricia Arquette, Marc Anthony

Plot: A paramedics driver who works the night shift in New York City has a difficult time with his job when he sees victim after victim on the street. He becomes delusional while he falls in love with a victims daughter.

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Indyfreak - wrote on 06/18/2019

Unflinching and relentless drama with a dark sense of humor and a good lead performance by Nicolas Cage as Frank, a burned out ambulance driver working the night shift in NYC. Ving Rhames and John Goodman provide solid comic relief as his coworkers. Marc Anthony has a nice supporting part as a drug addict. Patricia Arquette's character seems like she's important on paper. But it's more of a sidenote to the manic episodic plot.

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The_Watchman - wrote on 03/01/2008

Easily Scorsese's most underrated. A sad but hard hitting and beautiful movie.

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Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/23/2007

This is a terribly depressing film from Schorsese about a burnt out paramedic with seemingly nothing more to live for. Nicolas Cage looks about two steps away from death - though the colorful supporting cast is interesting.

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Bringing Out The Dead - Review

Matthew Brady - wrote on 03/12/2018

The dark horse of Martin Scorsese films.

A fever dream of high rush that strangely reminds you how alive you really are, but at the same time, a dim of insomnia that reminds you how lifeless you can feel. New York City, the city where everybody is either dead, dying, or somewhere between. You're in the middle. Robert Richardson and Scorsese captures New York streets, deserving it's title as 'the city that never sleeps'.

I know a lot of people think Nicolas Cage isn't a great actor and he picks more bad than good roles. However, Cage is really excellent in this, which pains me to see him shy away from good material and becoming a stupid joke of himself. For the small screen these two had, John Goodman and Ving Rhames were also great. Lets not forget Paul Schrader fantastic script …


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A black comedy that works on every level.

memento_mori - wrote on 07/13/2013

Nicolas Cage in the beginning of the movie seemed like a very desolate character. He barely had any personality to him, but I got the feeling he's supposed to be that way. When we got into the story, he started to develop a feeling. Guilt. And slowly but gradually, a dead patient came back to haunt him. We start to learn about his conscience. He needs this last patient to survive, because if he doesn't, his last bit of happiness will be completely extinguished. The whole movie is like a character study of a character that starts out with no traits, and evolves. I love that kind of character.

I liked the blend of genres in this movie. Black comedy, drama, character study. It's a mash and for once, it works. It's fun and it's believable. It's also outrageously funny at times, but it …

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"Bringing Out The Dead" by Yojimbo

Yojimbo - wrote on 01/28/2012

Burned out paramedic Nicolas Cage deals with insomnia and oppressive guilt caused by losing one too many patients while doing his job in the New York twilight. Written by the scriptwriter responsible for Taxi Driver and Raging Bull and directed by Martin Scorsese, I was expecting a lot from this film but despite some interesting scenes I found it to be very disappointing. Lacking any kind of focus or narrative momentum, it's little more than a series of unconnected events as Cage and a stream of sidekicks drive around and occasionally get splattered with blood like an unfunny version of Repo Man. A little too self consciously wacky, it reminded me of the likes of MASH or Catch 22, representing night-time New York as a kind of crazed urban warzone complete with accompanying surrealities, …

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