This is one of my favorite films, that slipped under the radar in 1999. I remember reading the book by Joe Connelly while it was in production in Hell’s Kitchen NYC. I would carry it in my book bag while occasionally attending business classes (as I still do carry several copies of half-read novels and self-help books today..). When I was a truant, I’d open the pages and read in a church or a theater lobby and try to get through it. Eventually I didn’t have to read around accounting and statistics classes anymore.
Saw the film when it came out in the Astoria Theater. I think I was one of a few people in the matinee showing (another ditched class probably). Having visited hospitals in the last year or two, I can attest firsthand the extreme amount of pressure EMT workers, doctors, nurses and attendants are on around-the-clock. You really have to have a strong stomach to do this line of work.
Thank an EMT officer or doctor/nurse/attendant if you meet one, or just ask them how they’re doing. Unsung heroes. #bringingoutthedead #martinscorsese #paulschrader #joeconnelly #robertrichardson #nicolascage #patriciaarquette #vingrhames #johngoodman #tomsizemore #welearnfromeachother🤝🙏🎬🎥🎞🚨🚑🏨🕊