Bringing Out the Dead (1999)

120m 58s
35mm film, colour, Panavision (anamorphic), 2.35:1
SDDS, Dolby Digital, Digital DTS, English

An American fantasy film directed by Martin Scorsese.

Plot Summary

Ambulanceman Frank Pierce is haunted by the of victim he failed to save and by his own realisation of just how ineffective his chosen career can be. Teaming up with the ex-junkie daughter of a patient he and his colleagues did manage to save, he explores the darker sides of both New York City and his own psyche.


* = uncredited

Director: Martin Scorsese
Touchstone Pictures, Paramount Pictures, De Fina-Cappa
Executive Producers: Adam Schroeder, Bruce S. Pustin
Producers: Scott Rudin, Barbara De Fina
Co-Producer: Joseph Riedy, Eric Steel
Associate Producer: Jeff Levine, Mark Roybal
Script: Paul Schrader
Novel: Joe Connelly
Director of Photography: Robert Richardson
Editor: Thelma Schoonmaker
Music/Conductor: Elmer Bernstein
Sound Mixer: James J. Sabat
Costume Designer: Rita Ryack
Key Make Up: Linda A. Grimes, Neal Martz *
Key Hair: William Farley
Special Effects Make Up: Manlio Rocchetti
Special Visual Effects: ILM
Digital Effects: Cineric
Production Designer: Dante Ferretti

Nicolas Cage (Frank Pierce)
Patricia Arquette (Mary Burke)
John Goodman (Larry)
Ving Rhames (Marcus)
Tom Sizemore (Tom Wolls)
Marc Anthony (Noel)
Mary Beth Hurt (Nurse Constance)
Cliff Curtis (Cy Coates)
Nestor Serrano ( Hazmat)
Aida Turturro (Nurse Crupp)
Sonja Sohn (Kanita)
Cynthia Roman (Rose)
Afemo Omilami (Griss)
Cullen Oliver Johnson (Mr Burke)
Arthur Nascarella (Captain Barney)
Martin Scorsese (voice of dispatcher)
Julyana Soelistyo (Sister Fetus)
Graciela Lecube, Marylouise Burke (neighbor women)
Phyllis Somerville (Mrs Burke)
Mary Diveny (neighbour woman)

See also
The Lion King (1994)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)



  • Entertainment Weekly vol.1 no.509 (29 October 1999) pp.80-81 – review (Graveyard Shift (B-) by Ty Burr)
  • Film Review February 2000 p.26 – review (by Alan Jones)
  • Rolling Stone vol.1 no.825 (11 November 1999) p.146 – review (by Peter Travers)
  • Sight and Sound vol.9 no.11 (November 1999) pp.4-5 – illustrated article (Seeing dark)
  • Sight and Sound January 2000 pp.45-46 – credits, synopsis, review (by Kevin Jackson)
  • Total Film February 2000 p.84 – review (by Simon Crook)
  • Variety vol.376 no.9 (18 October 1999) pp.35-36 – review (‘Dead' is alive on arrival by Emanuel Levy)


  • Svenska Dagbladet 17 December 1999 – review (Scorsese passar bäst på hemmaplan by Astrid Söderbergh Widding)