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Bringing Out the Dead (1999)


Coming Out at 22 October 1999 in theaters

Drama, Thriller

Bringing Out the Dead is drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Paul Schrader, based on the novel about a paramedic by Joe Connelly and starring Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette, John Goodman, Ving Rhames, and Tom Sizemore. It was also the final LaserDisc released in North America, being released on October 3, 2000.

In Manhattan in the early 1990s, Frank Pierce is a burned-out hospital paramedic who works the graveyard shift in a two-man ambulance team with various partners. Usually exhausted and depressed, he has not saved any patients in months and begins to see the ghosts of those lost, especially a homeless adolescent girl named Rose whose face appears on the bodies of others. Frank and his first partner Larry respond to a call by the family of a man named Mr. Burke who has entered cardiac arrest. Frank befriends Mr. Burke’s distraught daughter Mary, a former junkie. Frank discovers Mary was childhood friends with Noel, a brain-damaged drug addict and delinquent who is frequently sent to the hospital.

After a few minor calls (one involving Noel), Frank and Larry respond to a shooting and he tends to one of the surviving victims. Frank notices two vials of a drug named “Red Death”, a new form of heroin that is plaguing the streets of New York City, roll out from the victim’s sleeve which implies it was a shooting by a rival drug gang. While in the back of the ambulance with Frank and Noel the victim goes into denial and repents his drug dealing ways but dies before they can reach the hospital.

Director: Martin Scorsese

Writers: Joe Connelly (novel), Paul Schrader

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette, John Goodman, Ving Rhames, Tom Sizemore, Marc Anthony, Mary Beth Hurt


Nicolas CageFrank Pierce
Patricia ArquetteMary Burke
John GoodmanLarry
Ving RhamesMarcus
Tom SizemoreTom Wolls
Marc AnthonyNoel
Mary Beth HurtNurse Constance
Cliff CurtisCy Coates
Nestor SerranoDr. Hazmat
Aida TurturroNurse Crupp
Sonja SohnKanita
Cynthia RomanRose
Afemo OmilamiGriss
Cullen O. JohnsonMr. Burke
Arthur J. NascarellaCaptain Barney
Martin ScorseseDispatcher (voice)
Julyana SoelistyoSister Fetus
Graciela LecubeNeighbor Woman
Marylouise BurkeNeighbor Woman
Phyllis SomervilleMrs. Burke
Mary DivenyNeighbor Woman
Tom Riis FarrellJohn Burke
Aleks ShaklinArguing Russian
Leonid CiterArguing Russian
Jesus A. Del Rosario Jr.Man with Bloody Foot
Larry FessendenCokehead
Bernie FriedmanBig Feet
Theo KoganProstitute
John HeffernanMr. Oh
Matthew MaherMr. Oh’s Friend
Bronson DudleyMr. Oh’s Friend
Marilyn McDonaldMr. Oh’s Friend
Ed Jupp Jr.Homeless Man in Waiting Room
J. Stanford HoffmanHomeless Man in Waiting Room
Rita Norona SchragerConcerned Hispanic Aunt
Don BerryNaked Man
Mtume GantStreet Punk
Michael A. NotoGrunt
Omar ScrogginsBystander
Craig muMs GrantVoice in Crowd
Michael Kenneth WilliamsDrug Dealer
Andy DavoliStanley
Charlene HunterMiss Williams
Jesse MalinClub Doorman
Harper SimonI.B. Bangin’
Joseph Monroe WebbDrummer
Jon AbrahamsClub Bystander
Charis MichelsenI.B.’s Girlfriend
Lia YangDr. Milagros
Antone PagánArrested Man
Melissa MarsalaBridge & Tunnel Girl
Betty MillerWeeping Woman
Rosemary GomezPregnant Maria
Luis RodriguezCarlos
Sylva KelegianCrackhead
Frank CiorneiDr. Mishra
Catrina GaneyNurse Odette
Jennifer Lane NewmanNurse Advisor
John BalPolice in Hospital
Raymond CassarPolice in Hospital
Tom CappadonaDrunk
Jack O’ConnellDrunk
Randy FosterDrunk
Richard SporeHomeless Suicidal
James HanlonFireman
Chris EdwardsFireman
Mark GiordanoPolice Sergeant
Michael MulherenCop in Elevator
David ZayasCop in Elevator
Terry SerpicoCop #1
Floyd ResnickCop #3
Megan LeighSurgeon
David VasquezScreaming Man
Judy ReyesICU Nurse
Joseph P. ReidyICU Doctor
Queen LatifahDispatcher Love (voice)
Erica BamforthUrchin Prostitute
Peju BamgbosheChild Zombie
Carolyn CampbellPolicewoman
Michael CarbonaroClub Kid
Joe ConnellyCatatonic Patient in Suede Coat
Marshall Dancing Elk LucasBand Member / Trailer
George F. MillerParamedic in Hospital Hallway
Christine J. NobleJunkie
Davell j OwensWounded Drug Dealer
Brian SmyjCop #2

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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