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Bringing Out The Dead (1999) Movie Information

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Martin Scorsese


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





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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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The_Watchman 03/01/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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

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Chris Kavan 09/23/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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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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Alex 05/16/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Disappointing. Scorsese clearly missed the mark on this one! After loving almost all of his films and I did not see anything really good in this movie other than the music and some cinematography. The pacing and story were way off.

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03/12/2018 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Bringing Out The Dead - Review

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 tha...

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07/13/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A black comedy that works on every level.

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 mana...

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01/28/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Bringing Out The Dead" by Yojimbo

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, b...

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