Bringing Out the Dead

Bringing Out the Dead

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In this "surprisingly funny and very moving" (San Francisco Chronicle) film, based on Joe Connelly's acclaimed novel, Martin Scorsese once again explored the dark streets of New York and the desperate lives of its inhabitants that he and screenwriter Paul Schrader had first confronted in their classic film Taxi Driver. This time the focus of Schrader's blistering writing is a paramedic named Frank Pierce (played by Nicolas Cage), a man who has seen so many people die that he is caught between his compulsion to save lives and his fear and terror of losing them -- and who is haunted by the ghost of a young girl he has inadvertently killed. While watching a comatose man whom he has saved slowly fail, Frank is drawn to the dying man's daughter, Mary, a sometime addict who first sees Frank as a possible savior before ultimately seeing him as a kind of killer.

Bringing Out the Dead is another tour de force by Schrader, in which the harsh realities of urban life -- and one man's struggle with it -- are conveyed with an immediacy and force that are both riveting and deeply moving.

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  • ISBN 13: 9780571204892
  • ISBN 10: 0571204899
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  • Language: English
  • Pages: 116
  • Size: 7.56" l x 4.96" w x 0.39" h

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