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Bringing Out the Dead (1999), (R)
CAP Score: 33
CAP Influence Density: 1.97
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SUMMARY/COMMENTARY *Bringing Out the Dead* (R) -- stuff that tests my patience.

This movie was bizarre, odd, and even weird. A movie about big city paramedics and their troubles. I was an EMT medic for 12 years and I encountered nothing like that portrayed in this movie. But being a volunteer medic in a rural community, not a big city, may discredit my suspicion of the movie's portrayal of big city emergency medical services (EMS) and the personnel.

The central medic was continually haunted by images of a young girl patient he lost. Most of the women he saw on the streets had the face and voice of the young girl who mumbled haunting comments such as "How could you let me die" only he could hear. If the movie is accurate about EMS on big city streets, a stark ugliness permeates the city. The smallness of character of the victims of the streets and of big city night life and the ease with which they changed their standards gave a unique darkness to this movie. Even if the movie was accurate, such behavior is not okay.

A violent, hateful, and ultra-bitter movie. Thickly nihilistic attitudes of "Take it, don't ask" and "Who cares" toward other people and even themselves made it a true planter of aberrant behavior templates. And all manner of foul and vulgar language blasting the earpans of the patron averaging once every two minutes erased any remaining quality. Some stabs at humor such as "You promised you'd fire me yesterday" and "I promise I'll fire you tomorrow -- I promise" broke up the dirt a little, but no where near enough to rescue this movie.

Except for the foul language, illicit sexual material, and illegal drug use, the examples of ignominy in *Bringing Out the Dead* are widely varied with only a few repeating examples and are most difficult to summarize in text. So please visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full assessment of this movie. This is not possibble. For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Bringing Out the Dead (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • graphic conduct of CPR with defibrillation
  • repeated episodes of multiple injuries in the emergency room with mayhem
  • desperation of street homelessness
  • beating
  • bloody shooting victims with gore and death
  • blood-covered street people
  • impalement injuries
  • many women with the same face
  • many bizarre mental hauntings by dead patient
  • intentional destruction of private property

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 42 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • 24 uses of the most foul of the foul words

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • adult in underwear
  • many prostitutes
  • rear male nudity
  • partial nudity
  • full nudity
  • sex talk and invitations with expletives
  • vulgar anatomical reference
  • man and woman in bed together (clothed)

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking dope
  • booze
  • drinking
  • illegal drug use
  • drug dealing
  • graphic drug reaction

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 12 uses of God's name in vain, 5 with the four letter expletive
  • mockery of Christ's power of resurrection
  • mockery of God's sovereignty
  • scene of dead people emerging up through the street bricks

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • mercy killing

  • (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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