Bringing Out the Dead
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Nicolas Cage plays EMS paramedic Frank Pierce. It is the early 1990's and New York has not yet undergone its renaissance of recent years. Surrounded by the injured and the dying, Frank is dwelling in an urban night-world, crumbling under the accumulated weight of too many years of saving and losing lives. The film follows Frank over the course of fifty-six hours in his life - two days and three nights on the job - as he reaches the very brink of spiritual collapse and redemption.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its hard-to-pin-down tone is frighteningly original -- simultaneously world-weary and adolescent with an aura of perpetual anxiety, as if the characters and filmmakers were in pursuit of a catharsis everyone knows will never come."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"The auteur has definitely left his distinctive mark, but too seldom and too narrowly."
‑ , Globe and Mail
"I congratulate Martin Scorsese on this miraculous triumph over his personal demons, and pray for the swift recovery of his art."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Martin Scorsese is a wonderful filmmaker. And he loves New York. He is at his best, though, when he has an interesting story to tell."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"It's assuredly the work of a master filmmaker."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Of course, it's immaculately crafted and exhilaratingly paced, but in the end it's never as emotionally involving as it could and should be."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A fiery masterpiece!"
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A frankly disturbing experience since Cage is at his most manic, the images are brutal, the documentary-style background intense and the (inevitable) theme of redemption a long time emerging."
‑ , Film4
"An exciting, invigorating return to old preoccupations. Welcome home, Marty."
‑ Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
"It's another burnout role for Nicolas Cage, to which he brings his vast repertoire of grimaces and shuffles, as if he were variously impersonating a gargoyle on amphetamines and late Elvis on downers."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"Scorsese doesn't trust the power of simplicity to rock us."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Scorsese has delivered a film that's both savage and sorrowing."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Scorsese is married to a script that drags him down, keeps him from taking wing as a pure artist."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"However muddled the story gets, Scorsese guarantees Bringing Out the Dead remains a pulsating trip."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"I don't recommend it, unless you care to see the best Nicolas Cage performance in several years, or some more of Scorcese's brilliant camera work."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
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