Bringing Out the Dead
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 22, 1999
DVD Release Date: May 9, 2000
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Stunning and compelling, Scorsese and Cage succeed at satisfying the audience.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

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.

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Globe and Mail

The auteur has definitely left his distinctive mark, but too seldom and too narrowly.

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

I congratulate Martin Scorsese on this miraculous triumph over his personal demons, and pray for the swift recovery of his art.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A fiery masterpiece!


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.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Scorsese doesn't trust the power of simplicity to rock us.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Scorsese has delivered a film that's both savage and sorrowing.

Rob Gonsalves

Scorsese is married to a script that drags him down, keeps him from taking wing as a pure artist.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Frank Pierce: I'd always had nightmares, but now the ghosts didn't wait for me to sleep.  Bringing Out the Dead is a very interesting film that is… More
Graham Jones
A minor work from a master but still compelling.
Daniel Perry
Second viewing, ten years after the first, and believe it or not I find this movie worse than I did the first time - and, sadly, I actually like the premise: a… More
Chris Weber
Based on the novel of the same name by Joe Connelly (which I have read...and enjoyed) is this movie: the stroy of Frank Pierce, a burned out and weary paramedic… More
Lucas Martins
A modern Taxi Driver. Bringing Out the Dead it's more a great masterpiece by Scorsese, which, unfortunately, doesn't had the attention that deserve.… More
Tim Salmons
Looking at it now, Bringing Out the Dead looks like a Tony Scott-fueled film blended with a spiritual sequel to Taxi Driver. When it was first released,… More

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