Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #47

Bringing Out the Dead (dir. Martin Scorsese, 1999)

06-06 Bringing Out the Dead

The city never sleeps because it suffers from a bad case of insomnia. This seems to be the conceit of Scorsese’s dark, bleak look at the lives of paramedics on the night shift, driving their ambulance through the steamy, dreamy streets of Gotham. The diversity of the world’s most international and multicultural city is brought to light by a story of injury, sickness, and death, the three greatest equalizers in the world. On this Walpurgisnacht journey, we meet ex-marines, lay preachers, junkies, over-eaters, professionals, slackers, millionaires, and paupers of every race, color, and creed. Nicolas Cage and Patricia Arquette struggle to connect with each other in a city of strangers (and were an offscreen couple at the time) with able support from Ving Rhames, Tom Sizemore, and John Goodman.

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