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Bringing Out the Dead


Overview - Martin Scorsese exhilaratingly adapts Joe Connelly's novel about Frank (Nicolas Cage), a paramedic working among the filth and mental desolation of New York City's Hell's Kitchen in the early 1990s. Lately he has been haunted by the visions of a beautiful 18 year-old girl whom he was unable to resuscitate.  Read more...

 

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Overview

Martin Scorsese exhilaratingly adapts Joe Connelly's novel about Frank (Nicolas Cage), a paramedic working among the filth and mental desolation of New York City's Hell's Kitchen in the early 1990s. Lately he has been haunted by the visions of a beautiful 18 year-old girl whom he was unable to resuscitate. Soon after, another image begins to torment him, that of Mary (Patricia Arquette), a recovering drug addict who enters Frank's life when he attempts to save her father. His spiral into even further confusion is paralleled with his three driving partners: Larry (a boisterous John Goodman), whose advice to Frank is not to think about all the death and violence; Marcus (a scene-stealing Ving Rhames), a religious fanatic who uses his medical skills as propaganda for the Lord; and Walls (a maniacal Tom Sizemore), a loose cannon who has no sensible grounding whatsoever. In order to escape the madness that is consuming him, Frank asks, unsuccessfully, to be fired. He must ride out the nightmare, trying to redeem the lives of Rose, Mary, and himself in the process. Scorsese uses his camera to capture Frank's wavering mental state with tilted angles and fast-speed photography. In portraying the tormented Frank, Cage dives wholeheartedly into character, delivering another fiery performance.

Cast List

Aida Turturro - American Actress
Cliff Curtis - Actor
Nestor Serrano - Actor/"Brenda Starr"
Larry Fessenden
Thelma Schoonmaker - Editor, CASINO (1995)
Cynthia Roman - Actress
Afemo Omilami - Actor
John Goodman - American Film/TV Actor
Martin Scorsese - American director/screenwriter/producer, GOODFELLAS (1990)
Dante Ferretti - Production Designer, CASINO (1995)
Joe Connelly - Writer
Nicolas Cage - American Actor
Nicholas Coppola - American Actor
Nicolas Coppola - American Actor
Scott Rudin - Producer/Executive
Patricia Arquette - American Actress; MEDIUM
Mary Beth Hurt - Married director Paul Schrader
Tom Sizemore - American Actor
Elmer Bernstein - Composer, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)
Rita Ryack - Costume Designer, CASINO (1995)
Robert Richardson - Director of Photography, CASINO (1995)
Paul Schrader - Screenwriter, director
Marc Anthony - Mainstream actor
Ving Rhames - Actor
Queen Latifah - American rapper/actress
Queen Latifah - American rapper/actress
Dana Owens - American rapper/actress
Barbara De Fina - Producer

 
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  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929311705
  • Rating: R (MPAA)

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
New York City
1990s

 
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Synopsis:
Martin Scorsese's surreal film is a rush of adrenaline, sparked by Robert Richardson's frenetic camera work. As Frank, the unraveling paramedic who works in Hell's Kitchen in the early 1990s, Nicolas Cage's eyes convey a seemingly endless range of emotions. The film plays like a hypercomic TAXI DRIVER, with a cast of characters that are ghostly, haunted, and on the verge of insanity. An assured supporting cast is highlighted by Ving Rhames, whose Marcus is a raucous religious fanatic.

Notes:
Theatrical release: October 22, 1999. Filmed on location in New York City. Budgeted at $32 million, the film grossed $6.193 million in its opening weekend (on 1,936 screens). At the 1997 Telluride Film Festival, Paul Schrader called BRINGING OUT THE DEAD his best script since TAXI DRIVER. The grueling shoot took place mostly at night. The title of the film is a reference to a scene in MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL.

Reviews:
"...Dark humor, amusing moments, visual pyrotechnics and bravura acting from the entire ensemble..." Variety, p.35-6


"...[Cage] gives a blazing, implosive performance..." - 11/11/1999 Rolling Stone, p.146


"...Tremendous visual imagination....Takes some surprising turns..." -- 4 out of 5 stars - 06/01/2000 Premiere, p.100


"...Nicholas Cage anchors the movie with one of his best performances....Kinetically stylized through Robert Richardson's fabulous photography..." - 10/22/1999 USA Today, p.9E


"...Gritty, hallucinatory....Scorsese turns this project into an impressive exercise in visual style..." - 10/22/1999 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"...To look at BRINGING OUT THE DEAD -- to look, indeed, at almost any Scorsese film -- is to be reminded that film can touch urgently and deeply..." - 10/22/1999 Chicago Sun-Times, p.25

 
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