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Bringing Out the Dead

Bringing Out the Dead

1999
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
2h 1m
Surrounded by the injured and the dying, EMS paramedic 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 as he reaches the very brink of spiritual collapse and redemption.
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Bringing Out the Dead

1999
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
2h 1m
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Rated 06 Dec 2009
92
92nd
Probably Scorsese's most underrated film. And considering the collaboration of all those involved, that's rather confusing. Yes, it's a spiritual successor to Taxi Driver, but since when is that a bad thing? BotD has some of Scorsese's most beautiful cinematography (partially thanks to Dante Ferretti), bolstered by Schrader's religious wit and some great performances, especially by Cage and Rhames (and Cliff Curtis!)
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
88th
Very underrated film from Martin Scorsese, in which he returns to the neo-noir genre that he mastered with Taxi Driver in the 70s. It's gritty, well-shot, and it's one of Nic Cage's best performances.
Rated 24 Nov 2009
90
97th
Uniquely Scorsese. The soundtrack rivals that of Goodfellas. A visual nervous breakdown with a slice of life "story." A very complete and masterful film despite what you may have heard. I actively dislike people who trash this.
Rated 05 Apr 2010
9
92nd
Nightmarish ambulances rush through the graveyard shift of the revolting city decaying within Cage's mind. He's haunted by ghosts. He's working in madness. He can't quit. We can't look away. We have the perfect soundtrack. The perfect camera work. The perfect actor and director. Genius at its darkest core.
Rated 22 Dec 2009
85
66th
I think this film is underrated. Scorsese returns to the Taxi Driver streets, in an ambulance, and discovers menace once more, searching for its meaning in his Catholic heritage.
Rated 24 Apr 2023
79
67th
This Taxi Driver variant successfully deploys Nick Cage as its Stygian boatman, identifying his manic presence and wistful voice-over skills as ideal neo-noir assets. It's almost exhaustingly dire, but frequent shocks of black humor keep it from flatlining. It certainly doesn't play as a recruitment driver for the ambulancing profession, the poor bastards.
Rated 15 Oct 2007
4
70th
Has the same surrealistic nightmare quality that After Hours did, but is very different in tone at times; After Hours never slowed down for the more dramatic moments that this movie contains, and they work very well here. All of the performances are pretty solid (I especially like Rhames), and Cage is fine as the lead, though his narration is superfluous and a bit too eloquent for its own good. Scorsese gives the movie a headlong energy that keeps you at the edge of your seat. A damn fine movie.
Rated 17 Mar 2010
8
82nd
Arguably Scorsese's most underrated film. Some of the blackest comedy I've ever seen, really really hilarious at times. Voice over wasn't that hot all the time and Goodman was clearly inferior to the other guys Cage worked with (Rhames, Sizemore) but those are really my only complaints. Soundtrack is amazing and I loved how the cinematography paralleled Cage's mood. Cage is in his Leaving Las Vegas mode, which is great, and who doesn't love Patricia Arquette?
Rated 23 Jan 2023
85
92nd
Watching Scorsese once every while makes me realize how much he is a master of fluid filmmaking. He plays film like a brilliant instrumentalist and is unique in his ways of doing so. He's in total control over his craft. If you don't think so, you haven't watched enough movies. Special mention to Ving Rhames who is so good in here.
Rated 24 Dec 2010
65
42nd
"Bringing out the Dead" is a mess, a depressing, ugly mess that doesn't know whether it is a dark comedy or a bleak character study; it's a film with no plot and, most probably, no meaning -and it is a film that has Martin Scorsese directing, always on the top of his game, always uncompromising, always achieving visual perfection. Schrader fails in recapturing "Taxi Driver"'s spirit, but the directorial powers of the master are likely to floor you, despite the general dissatisfaction.
Rated 22 Sep 2010
68
65th
Another one of Marty's escapes from the norm, and like the others it is not completely successful. Still it has true moments of thoughtfulness and hilarity and is one of Cage's better roles. Rhames also shines.
Rated 14 Jan 2022
90
91st
Dingy 90s atmosphere befitting of the setting, which is a city that threatens to swallow them all. Not really any moments of positivity because it emphasizes how stressful being a paramedic is. And yet, despite how depressing it sounds on paper, it's an incredibly kinetic film. It's actually a lot of fun with some low-key humour that worked. Cage was meant for this role. The only issue is that I wish Goodman was in it more because he and Cage were the best.
Rated 29 May 2008
92
99th
A phenomenal adaptation of an amazing book, Nick Cage gives a great performance portraying the effect of urban decay upon human morale.
Rated 20 Feb 2008
96
91st
Vastly underrated, this film is like watching and living with insomnia. (Having suffered that illness myself, I feel an authority.) This is Cage's masterpiece--no other film of his so involves the viewer in the character of the protagonist. After viewing this I felt like I'd had a nightmare. I felt every horrible emotional trauma and subsequent emotional detachment that Cage's character did. Scorsese perfectly framed, paced, and shot this flick to ensure complete conveyance of the right mood.
Rated 23 Jan 2014
50
38th
Nice premise, and the film bears some resemblance to After Hours, but aside from some moments here and there it's just not that hot.
Rated 01 Sep 2011
90
92nd
Love me some Crazy Cage.
Rated 20 Jul 2020
82
79th
Skating between reality and a nightmare, Scorsese's oft forgotten conclusion to the 90s is a trip. He manages to rein in a Cage performance that could have easily gone off the rails as well as direct the walking pile of cocaine that is Tom Sizemore. While this film might be the only example of over-direction from Scorsese, the chaos depicted feels visceral.
Rated 01 May 2010
84
62nd
Another damn good Scorsese film with the fun Nicolas Cage in the lead. Full of dark humour, eerie scenes and questionable characters, this is both bleak and humourous at different times. Something is a little off in the film that doesn't bring it up to the standards of other Scorsese films, and I have a feeling it's because the narrative isn't as tight as in others and the Cage sort of drifts around, though I'm sure that's intentional it's still odd to watch. Awesome film, highly recommended.
Rated 29 Mar 2009
70
43rd
too sloppy
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
90th
Much maligned but an excellent movie thanks to a believable turn by Cage and great support from Goodman, Rhames, and Sizemore. Arquette is, predictably, the weak link in the chain, but her bad acting doesn't appreciably damage an excellent movie.
Rated 16 Mar 2010
80
88th
Great film! I felt like I was watching the New York EMS version of "Catch 22". Cage, his fellow paramedics, and the hospital staff seemed trapped in a dystopian world where natural order is broken down to a point of no return. Some truly great cinematography is evident here, it really brings the madness to life.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
92
86th
Very, very underrated.
Rated 12 Sep 2013
4
74th
A hilarious and pitch black comedy, there are some undeniable similarities to certain previous Scorsese films. The plot touches on points that recall Taxi Driver (a man, driving through the dregs of New York City by night, in the midst of a mental breakdown), and like After Hours, its tone is exhaustive and the landscape surreal. The acting is fantastic, the wide range of faces bringing to life many bold and animated characterizations.
Rated 18 Aug 2010
72
65th
There were some pretty hilarious bits in it. I thought the idea was great at the beginning, but wore off later on. Was a bit too long for my taste
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
50th
I actually saw this before I saw Taxi Driver, which may be why I rank it as high as I do. It's not as good as Taxi Driver of course, and it's hard to resist the temptation of holding it up to the standard of that masterpiece because of how similar they are in structure and tone.
Rated 27 Sep 2008
95
93rd
Nasty disturbing and abolutely awesome ! A Great movie from Scorsese with a delicate score.
Rated 24 Jul 2011
74
79th
The soundtrack got a bit annoying after a while, but it didn't ruin a solid movie that probably resembles Nic Cage's life more that we'd all like to know.
Rated 29 Jul 2022
83
84th
Be like Nic Cage's character and don't sleep on this Scorsese/Schrader joint. Piles on the misery but somehow manages a hopeful ending that feels appropriate and earned.
Rated 24 Jul 2010
95
96th
You know, a few months ago I hated Nicholas Cage. Who could blame me? I'd only ever seen his hollywood action flicks, and the biggest compliment I could give him was that he's extremely good at acting like John Travolta. Now, however, I am enlightened. With the right man at the helm, Cage can deliver some sensational performances. He's backed by a solid soundtrack, some seeringly quick and beautifully shot driving scenes, and exceptional writing full of sarcastic wit and real emotion. Brilliant.
Rated 08 Sep 2018
78
55th
More chaotic and less brilliantly directed than some of Scorsese's classics, but it's still worth a watch. Second half of the film is stellar, with several memorable scenes.
Rated 21 Oct 2020
93
67th
Perhaps a lesser-known Scorsese film, Bringing Out the Dead is an original concept that sprinkles in some top-level deadpan comedy.
Rated 19 Jan 2024
80
75th
"Wee-Woo! Wee-Woo! Wee-Woo!"
Rated 20 Jan 2024
65
59th
The movie makes you feel like a sleep deprived EMS driver suffering from the decay of the city and unending deaths of a drug wave, which coincidentally is what the movie is about. Nick Cage gives one of his best performances and you can tell he respects the role. The only gripe I have is one common to Scorsese, the exaggeration is closer to fiction than fact.
Rated 26 Oct 2008
70
22nd
Pior filme de Scorsese. Chato, lento e arrastado, assim como a personagem do sem carisma Nicolas Cage...
Rated 03 Aug 2013
78
46th
Interesting to see Taxi Driver mixed with the surreal post-trippy trends of the 1990s, but I'm not sure what this amounts to. There's some great imagery though.
Rated 01 Aug 2019
80
81st
One of Paul Schrader's most fascinatingly complex character studies, handled deftly with Scorsese's moody direction and a classic Nic Cage performance.
Rated 19 Jan 2013
75
75th
Nothing very memorable. Seemed like Scorsese was simply going through the motions with this one. I'm betting if it had a different director (yet still the exact same movie) it wouldn't be as praised as it is - there is a reason it was a box office flop.
Rated 06 Nov 2012
70
10th
70.000
Rated 28 Jul 2013
6
54th
Starts out strong but slowly wears thin.
Rated 23 Jul 2009
65
41st
Forgettable.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
84th
One of Nic Cage's better performances as a weary veteran paramedic on the edge of sanity. Excellent characters.
Rated 23 Feb 2018
60
47th
Psychedelic trip through life and death, with a good protagonist.
Rated 30 Oct 2013
92
94th
Another underrated Scorsese movie. His style in the '90s was quite abundant and it's all quite excitingly exaggerated here (to showcase Cage's caffeine-and-booze-and-pills generated lacking grip on reality), but its situated in the darkest, grimmest areas of New York and this filmic style doesn't diminish this disturbing portrayal -- it just makes it a whole lot less depressing.
Rated 01 Dec 2012
88
87th
"It's a crosswalk. You stop before it, not on it. Senegali raghead motherfucker."-Tom Sizemore The movie is hilarious and right up there with the best of Scorsese. It's amazing I'd never heard of this before.
Rated 20 Jul 2016
90
89th
Such an interesting and surreal experience. How come this movie isn't more popular?
Rated 09 Jul 2012
80
37th
Like a mixture of Taxi Driver and After Hours, but without the magic that makes those the two best Scorsese films. Nicolas Cage is great, as are his three partners: John Goodman, Tom Sizemore and Ving Rhames. Sometimes it's funny, it's also really grimy and Scorsese does a nice job with the scenes of the ambulance racing through the streets. I like the soundtrack too.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
60
29th
Soooooo depressing.
Rated 23 Feb 2008
85
69th
Another awesome Schrader/Scrocese collaboration, mixed with some of the late-night weirdness of After Hours. Nic Cage had the perfect eyes for this role anyway (did they even need to use makeup?) and this is probably some of the best acting he's ever done. John Goodman is always awesome as the buddy.
Rated 02 Dec 2012
80
80th
Marty plumbed the depths and darkness that is city life and captured it perfectly. So grimy and grotesque. Cage also delivers flawlessly. My only complaint, really, is how repetitive it was, even though I know that was the intention. It drives home that insanity aspect but I still find myself growing impatient by the end of the 2 hours. In the end it doesn't really matter, this was still great.
Rated 19 Jan 2013
25
4th
A slog. Cage is dreadful and the other three ambulance drivers are all hamming it up as well, half of the humour falls flat on its face whilst the other half is just outright annoying and disruptive, the surreal edge of the film doesn't convince even the tiniest bit as much as in Scorsese's superb After Hours but instead just comes of has hokey and silly, and the images and music choices are both just all so garish.
Rated 24 Apr 2016
51
38th
Another one of those "realistic" movies where everyone is drunk, drugged or psychotic. I can't take movie like this seriously. The acting is decent for the most part with some stilted dialogue that doesn't sound natural and a few lapses of over acting. The side characters tend to overact and the whole thing comes of like a warped black comedy which seem mostly unintended. This movie just keeps droning on and on and on.
Rated 23 Apr 2022
75
84th
Cage is great as a burnt-out medic, and the dazzling visual style, alternating effectively between stasis and kinesis, reflects the disoriented mood of its protagonist's sleep deprived mind. The supporting actors all do fine work, especially Sizemore and Rhames, who are both funny, and the frank depiction of their chaotic working lives makes for some memorable, and strangely humourous, moments. Not all of the humour or scenes work, but it is arguably Scorsese's most underrated film.
Rated 18 Nov 2009
60
38th
A weird one, watched it in bits so can't comment too much.
Rated 22 Oct 2013
75
75th
It's like Taxi Driver and Leaving Las Vegas combined.
Rated 21 Jul 2011
60
12th
Honestly don't know what scorsese was thinking. This movie is nonsensical in the bad way. I think it only gets positive reviews because scorsese made it. If his name wasnt attached most people would disregard this movie as crap, as I am doing. Nicholas cage acting introspectively is a joke in itself. hes the least interesting character in the movie. I wouldn't suggest seeing this unless you want to tarnish your view of scorsese. certainly not one of his gems, though others would say otherwise.
Rated 31 Dec 2016
85
67th
The gritty urban horror of Taxi Driver meets the darkly funny psychosis of After Hours for some truly inspired results, even if the focus is not as sharp as with his best works. Possibly Scorsese's most unfairly overlooked movie.
Rated 19 Apr 2024
30
3rd
Rated 23 Sep 2020
65
42nd
New York at night feels so grimey. It's like Taxi Driver, only somehow even worse. It's ultimate sin is that Nic Cage doesn't go completely off the rails.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
55
53rd
Paul Schrader's preoccupation with "redemption" is too clearly in evidence here.
Rated 02 Mar 2009
64
6th
D.O.A.
Rated 31 Jul 2019
10
13th
gereksiz
Rated 27 Dec 2011
90
85th
when Taxi Driver meets After Hours
Rated 10 Feb 2019
63
15th
Bringing Out The Dead's exploration into the morose insanity of a paramedic's job and life starts out as a maniacally thrilling and thought-provoking piece of cinema. Unfortunately, the movie is content to keep painting the same dreary picture throughout its runtime with very little closure or development, and this ultimately makes the film a chore to get through.
Rated 05 Jul 2014
89
87th
Although parts of this are a little too outside the realm of possibility - largely Tom Sizemore's character, who pushes the extremes of the story a little too much, this is another great New York movie from Marty, and it's a shame Nic Cage didn't do more with him - he totally nails it here. The plot structure, the overexposed lighting, the music, the somewhat dreamlike, hallucinatory edges, all add to a central Cage performance where he looks and feels like he needs to escape from his own movie.
Rated 31 Mar 2007
60
47th
Scorsese here really starts slipping. Not really a horror film besides
Rated 20 Dec 2009
60
46th
he sees dead people
Rated 03 Apr 2007
86
81st
Very cool, very stylish. Very philosophical, too. Didn't expect that.
Rated 31 Oct 2012
72
8th
71.500
Rated 27 Jun 2007
70
22nd
Doesn't hold a candle to the book.
Rated 12 Nov 2022
60
26th
Startedreallygood-slowlydeteriorating
Rated 17 Jan 2022
7
94th
in the city you don't get space and quiet to work on your own salvation, let alone anybody else's. there's never enough sleep, never enough coke or coffee, never enough cash and never enough time. a garish film which gets away with some goofy shit through being so tethered to the perspective of a singularly exhausted, haunted cage, and which slowly reveals itself to be almost unbearably earnest and empathic.
Rated 02 Sep 2007
40
41st
ok. Please change the genre of this movie, its a Drama, not a horror.
Rated 26 Aug 2007
60
19th
Much darker than I expected. Nick Cage plays it well, but movie as a whole a downer. Don't watch if depressed.
Rated 10 Jan 2017
72
63rd
When this film is good, it's great. Cage delivers one of his great unhinged performances in the second half and with it's really dark sense of humour it's really fun to watch. Rhames is also a total scene stealer and the cinematography worked really well for me. However you feel it misses the mark a little in what it set out to achieve, even if overall it seems to be somewhat underrated in Scorcese's filmography.
Rated 06 Jan 2022
2
22nd
America's EMS system is in shambles and takes a serious toll on the workers. The film takes us into the uncomfortable world of medical services, which has unusual amounts of despair, death, and malaise and offers a contrary view to the usual romanticized medical life. Despite the originality, the story ends up being too wayward for my taste and pulls it back a star. Prepare for some uneasy viewing.
Rated 18 Sep 2013
70
39th
69.67.
Rated 05 Feb 2009
86
56th
Bringing Out the Dead shows Scorsese at the top of his form with a powerful film about a man who tries to do the right thing but seems to get anywhere. He is a guy who suffers because of his inability to do anything good, he wants to help he can't. He's out everynight and he being driven crazy by the weight of suffering that comes down on him. This is not a easy movie. But it's a wonderful film with fire and passion. The movie is alive, bright and vibrant with the characters and locations.
Rated 02 Jan 2021
82
82nd
Schrader and Scorsese swap out the taxi for an ambulance and deliver another great New York by night ride-a-long with a cast full of colorful characters, interesting themes, and wild visuals. The drawbacks are mostly in the structure and the somewhat loose tying together of the many disparate narrative threads, plus Cage's narration can be woefully overwrought at points, but I would guess that was pulled straight from the source novel.
Rated 01 Oct 2011
80
78th
A film that pushes absurdity to the very limit of ridiculous without being so out there that it takes you out of the story. You can tell Scorsese had some fun directing this one. He lets the actors go for broke while setting up some interesting shots that you won't see in many of his other movies. It's a shame this movie is so under the radar as I found it pretty damn enjoyable.
Rated 06 Mar 2019
56
30th
Nicolas Cage rambles about ghosts following him while looking out the window of an ambulance. There is a comment about the state of EMS paramedics in here, but Scorsese doesn't know what to do with it, so he just leaves it at that. There is some fun to be had when Nic Cage and his colleagues talk about their own misery or get up to shenanigans, but overall rather flat.
Rated 06 Oct 2008
87
90th
Very disturbing and weird at times. But Nicholas Cage is absolutely brilliant!
Rated 16 Nov 2007
50
56th
strange and interesting.
Rated 10 Dec 2010
74
77th
Frank doesn't achieve the level of disturbance of Travis Bickle, but demands some attention. This Schrader/Scorsese film is not compelling as it should be -- it is funny, actually --, and relies on Nic Cage, on one of his best roles.
Rated 15 Jun 2013
70
58th
soundtrack is dope.
Rated 20 Aug 2018
60
52nd
Has some nice moments and characters with a very gloomy and dark atmosphere but overall fells unsatisfying, also I think that Nicolas was miscast.
Rated 30 Mar 2008
60
58th
Real life has this unreal edge to it one calls surreal, & cruising on the edge between life & death or misery & mercy is just the place to find the high drama absurd. The scary is made beautiful. Not much story here, mostly morbid curiosity, and that's plenty compelling. Occasionally slow.
Rated 04 Oct 2010
38
2nd
This is Scorsese completely out of new ideas, remaking Taxi Driver in the worst of ways.
Rated 17 Jan 2021
65
62nd
1 ambulans hizmetlisinin hikayesi. Kafayı sıyıran sağlıkcımız, kurtardığı 1 hastanın kızına aşık olur. Martin Scorsese bu filmde pek cesaretli olamamış. Nicolas Cage'a torpil geçmiş. Patricia Arquette'li sahneler çok kötü. Yine de öykünün özünü iyi yansıtmış. Abartının dozu da kaçmış. Filmin sonunda, babayı hakkı rahmetine kavuşturuyor. Patron çıldırdı.
Rated 24 Aug 2010
80
39th
Decent enough thriller directed by Scorcese. Not really one of his best works--mainly because Nicholas Cage is truly miscast here. I would watch at your own risk.
Rated 20 Apr 2012
70
52nd
cok iyi olabilecekken martin scorsese'nin yada senaristlerin harcadigi bir film olmus. yine de atmosferi icin izlenir; guzel sahneler var. ayrica gecenin sonuna yolculuk'a ve bardamu'ya yapilan gondermeler hos olmus. karakterin ustunde oldukca bardamu etkisi en azindan bardamu'nun daha bardamu olmadan onceki hali var diyebiliriz. yada gecenin sonuna yolculuk'u okumus birinin bardamu etkisiyle yazdigi bir hikaye.
Rated 21 Nov 2008
81
88th
Follows Taxi Driver and After Hours pretty well with some interesting philosophy and good to great performances by Cage, Ving Rhames and Cliff Curtis: "Stop jerkin mah pole!"
Rated 13 Jan 2008
80
64th
12 Ocak 08 & 13:23 gibi bitti.nicholas gace cok iyi oynamis ve bence martin scorsese'nin yonetmenligi cok iyi.senaryo cok iyi islenmis fakat sonlari pek begenmedim.taxi driver ile bir cok benzerligi bulunuyor.cool, derin ve stil sahibi bir film...guclu ve ilginc bir film.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
55
49th
Good film.
Rated 26 Dec 2008
69
21st
This was when I realized I cannot stand Cage's perpetually tragic physiognomy anymore.
Rated 14 Feb 2019
73
39th
Nicolas Cage is perfectly cast as the sleep-deprived and depressed paramedic who seems to be one more bad shift away from a total mental breakdown. The movie surrounding him is appropriately dark and seedy, but can sometimes feel meandering and always very much like it was made in the late 90s. Not one of Scorcese's best, but worth seeing nonetheless.
Rated 21 May 2007
83
72nd
Truly underrated and underseen Scorsese entry that is an interesting sibling of sorts to Taxi Driver, with Schrader returning to perform screenwriting duties.
Rated 28 Jan 2022
88
96th
Wow, its great on so many ways and i just enjoyed it all the way through
Rated 02 Jan 2011
69
42nd
69.000
Rated 20 Nov 2007
65
49th
No too shabby, but it makes you emo.
Rated 07 Dec 2009
72
81st
Good Movie

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