Speeding into Round 5 of Cage Match is Bringing Out the Dead, a psychological ghost story from Martin Scorsese and writer Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver).
Frank Pierce (Cage) is only one of a surplus of burnt-out paramedics careening through the nocturnal streets of Manhattan. As those who he failed to save haunt the recesses of his mind, he strikes up a relationship with Mary (Patricia Arquette), a former addict, whose father Frank had just barely saved. As he gets closer to Mary and her connections, Frank comes across the spread of a mysterious and lethal narcotic, veering him into a downward spiral at the expense of what little bit of sanity he still has.
An intense yet dreamlike study of the overworked psyche, Bringing Out the Dead has fermented with time as one of Scorsese's most underrated and enthralling pictures.
“Blazes up constantly with a stunning, off-kilter brilliance, an incandescent force that sometimes explodes the space between us and the screen.”? - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
“Cage, who gives a blazing, implosive performance, uses his haunted eyes to reveal the emotional scars that Frank can't heal.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“Like its title -- blunt, truthful, uncompromising. It is hard on an audience, even harrowing. But that's exactly what Martin Scorsese was put on earth to do.”? - Richard Schickel, Time
- Rating R
- Running time 121
- Released 05-28-2022
- Genre Comedy