Bringing out the Dead is extremely underrated, and one of my top ten '90's films - this has unfairly been compared to Taxi Driver; even though the two share some similarities (i.e., both characters drive around at night in NYC), IMHO they couldn't be more different. That being said, one of the many reasons I like this film is the late night urban atmosphere - this gives the film a strong pseudo-noir aspect.
Re-watched this a while back, and was very moved by the paramedic main character (Nic Cage) & his empathy for the people on the streets - IMHO, this is definitely NC's best role. The scenes that especially get to me are: when he keeps seeing that young woman's face on random people, and also when all of the "ghosts" come out of the streets in the dream/fantasy sequence. The harsh lighting here is fantastic - really sets the mood.
Also, BOTD boasts an incredible & very diverse soundtrack - who else but Scorsese could use songs by REM, The Clash, The Marvelettes, 10,000 Maniacs, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, etc. in the same film and make it work?! This is probably my favorite soundtrack in a Scorsese film....
[ 17. June 2017, 20:11: Message edited by: Nostalgic for the '80's ]
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
Haven't watched this since it first hit dvd rental back in 99 so it's certainly been a while but i do remember really liking it!
I do know that Cage and co star Patricia Arquette were married at the time but then split a year or two later following its release.
Definitely one that i need to revisit!
Posted by Crash (Member # 7484) on :
Bringing Out the Dead is totally underrated. It's great, and it might be Cage's best performance outside of Leaving Las Vegas.