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Flatliners (1990)

Five medical students experiment with "near death" experiences, until the dark consequences of past tragedies begin to jeopardize their lives.

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Medical students begin to explore the realm of near death experiences, hoping for insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived. They begin having flashes of walking nightmares from their childhood, reflecting sins they committed or had committed against them. The experiences continue to intensify, and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions as they try and go deeper into the death experience to find a cure. Written by John Vogel <[email protected]>

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Some lines shouldn't be crossed.


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10 August 1990 (USA)  »

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Flatliners  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

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$61,490,000
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Among the many sets constructed on three sound stages at the Burbank studios, was the interior of the university's Taft Building, a huge, elaborate structure that contained an ornate hallway, and the dog lab in which the five students conduct their experiments. Joel Schumacher, Jan De Bont, and Eugenio Zanetti, all created a Gothically stylized atmosphere in the lab, by incorporating ominous lighting beneath an iron-grid floor, all to evoke images of the underworld, while angels and guardians above the columns suggest divine protection. See more »

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Nelson prints a document on a laser printer which makes a sound like a dot-matrix printer. See more »

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[first lines]
Nelson Wright: Today is a good day to die.
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Referenced in DAG: Meet Sullivan Pope (2000) See more »

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PARTY TOWN
Written and Performed by David A. Stewart (as Dave Stewart)
Courtesy of BMG Records (UK) Ltd.
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An Excellent Thriller With An Excellent Cast
3 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

When I first watched Flatliners, I was amazed. It had all the necessary features of a good movie: the cast was superb, the plot was superb, and in the case of thrillers, there was genuine "thrills" throughout.

Keifer Sutherland offered a marvelous performance as the male lead in the piece, portraying a scientist who believes he can find the answers to life and death by killing himself and then coming back to life, essentially "stealing" death's secrets away. Kevin Bacon offers an excellent performance as the more morally decent counterpart to Keifer, while Julia Roberts offers her most convincing role. William Baldwin portrays a student who excels in class and, apparently, intercourse. And Oliver Platt, in another outstanding performance, portrays the voice of reason for the group and the most innocent.

The story is relatively simple, yet original, and the acting is refreshing-- definitely a stand out film for the genre, and one that has set the standard for measuring other thrillers for me.

8/10.


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