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2,144 Ratings

Bringing Out the Dead

Directed by Martin Scorsese
United States, 1999


An EMS paramedic Frank in the urban slums of Gotham City, is haunted by his injured and dying patients. Over the course of two days and three nights, his world reaches the very brink of spiritual collapse.

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Bringing Out the Dead Directed by Martin Scorsese
It’s abetted by one of Scorsese’s strongest, most undersung casts: Cage, in all of his manic neuroses and awkward charm, is often unseated by Patricia Arquette, Marc Anthony, John Goodman, and Marty himself, dispatching strange calls to the medics that must nevertheless are based in truth. Though Silence has received adulation for rekindling Scorsese’s unrelenting spiritual guilt, he may have peaked with it here.
March 08, 2017
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The filmmaking is a balancing act of realism and expressionism. Scorsese, Cage, and screenwriter Paul Schrader all rode with New York paramedics in preparation for DEAD, and the storytelling is inextricably tied to the geography of the city. At the same time, Robert Richardson’s cinematography favors bold colors, Scorsese’s uses of sped-up and slowed-down motion deliberately exaggerate states of being, and the music selections often abstract the onscreen action.
December 16, 2016
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Stylized to the hilt, Bringing Out the Dead shows one of the world’s greatest directors synthesizing an entire city’s extra-conscious masochism into super-charged montage. Bleached colors, gory pathos and one of the best needle-drop soundtracks [Scorsese’s] ever assembled.
November 04, 2014
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Bringing Out the Dead

    My first Scorsese (oh to be 15 again). Still 1 of my personal favorites of his'.Probably the last film in which one could perceive "Scorsese, the Director", rather than "Scorsese, the studio slave". Still remember the fondness of the line "oh to be on a woman's WC and see all those different soaps" (somethin' like this). I thought that line was great. And Nicolas Cage showed me a side of him that I did not know of.

  • Z's rating of the film Bringing Out the Dead

    Owes a debt to "Taxi Driver" but charts it's own anxiety-ridden, sleep deprived, manic path. Cage is completely in tune with Scorsese's 4:00 in the morning, roaming the streets, desperately looking for release or redemption mentality. Cage plunges into an abyss of insane despair. Each new scene portrays a fresh level of Hell. Feels like the hallucinatory last gasp of old New York. Aggressive, rock 'n' roll riffing.

  • Scorpio Velvet's rating of the film Bringing Out the Dead

    Scorsese & Schrader worked one last time in this fever dream about a paramedic struggling to keep his sane while seeing visions of his past. Cage really gives an intense performance of his career along with the supporting cast, also featured a great soundtrack and superb filmmaking. Not to mention there's a few nods to TAXI DRIVER as well. Powerful and underrated gem by Scorsese.

  • ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film Bringing Out the Dead

    With the exception of the scene with the pregnant woman named Mary (I blame Schrader for this), this movie is one Scorsese's most interesting and experimental. Much like King of Comedy, it shows his hidden talent with black comedy and it recaptures the hypnotic world that made Taxi Driver the legend that it is. It's kinda meandering, but I would argue this is a film you're meant to bask in rather than be riveted by.

  • João Eça's rating of the film Bringing Out the Dead

    One of Scorcese's best: the nightmare-like mood, the labirintic space, the repetitions of the actions in time, all these careful constructed elements translate in fact the psycologically disturbed mind of the protagonist (Nic Cage was never better, except in Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant"), a medic/ambulance driver lost in a city of sin, aiming for redemption through love and the almost religious acceptance of death.

  • Zachary T.'s rating of the film Bringing Out the Dead

    "Saving someone's life is like falling in love. The best drug in the world. For days, sometimes weeks afterwards, you walk the streets, making infinite whatever you see. Once, for a few weeks, I couldn't feel the earth - everything I touched became lighter. Horns played in my shoes. Flowers fell from my pockets. You wonder if you've become immortal, as if you've saved your own life as well."

  • NICOLE86's rating of the film Bringing Out the Dead

    I always feel this is Scorsese's most overlooked film. Its some of Cage's best acting and John Goodman was brilliant. One of my favorites.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Bringing Out the Dead

    The once-raw and gritty aesthetic of this waking nightmare in Hell's Kitchen has faded, leaving this a leathery side of well-done. The soundtrack is both monotonous and inappropriate (with certain moments feeling like a Meg Ryan rom-com) and the aesthetic feels like a late-90s music video. That being said, the performances have mostly kept well and the overall poetry of the film still stands.

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