Flatliners

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Overview

Despite its occasional lapses into silly self-consciousness, Flatliners is one of the most intriguing and well-constructed supernatural thrillers of the 1990s. A group of brilliant medical students decide to literally play with life and death. They put themselves in suspended animation, electronically inducing a near-deathlike state and then pulling out of it at the last possible moment. Things get hairy when one of the students Kiefer Sutherland becomes obsessed with the notion of really dying, the better to ...
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Overview

Despite its occasional lapses into silly self-consciousness, Flatliners is one of the most intriguing and well-constructed supernatural thrillers of the 1990s. A group of brilliant medical students decide to literally play with life and death. They put themselves in suspended animation, electronically inducing a near-deathlike state and then pulling out of it at the last possible moment. Things get hairy when one of the students Kiefer Sutherland becomes obsessed with the notion of really dying, the better to experience the Afterlife before being revived--if he can be revived. In her first dramatic starring role playing a sensitive young lady on a misguided guilt trip, Julia Roberts is very, very good--completely bereft of movie-star mannerisms. Audiences flocked to see Flatliners back in 1990 due to the highly publicized off-screen romance between Roberts and Sutherland. Oh, yes: Kevin Bacon and William Baldwin are in the picture, too.
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Taking on some very tough subject matter to translate cinematically, Flatliners is a benchmark film in the supernatural thriller genre. Putting a face to the phenomenon of the near-death experience, this grotesquely dark picture works reasonably well until it goes from the macabre to the contrived. While crucial to its plot structure, the moralistic bend Flatliners takes toward its ending almost single-handedly undermines the film as a whole. Set in the Windy City, fertile ground for the film's eerie life-and-death concepts, director Joel Schumacher and cinematographer Jan de Bont bathe the screen in rich, rippling green tones to give the film a spooky, ethereal effect. Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, and Julia Roberts give sincerely paranoid performances in the lead roles and Oliver Platt and William Baldwin support them equally well. Schumacher can be commended for tackling the frontier of the afterlife with ardor and open-mindedness, but had he exercised more restraint and less pedantry, the picture would remain more effective than the spine-tingling imitators it spawned.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/1999
  • UPC: 043396035416
  • Original Release: 1990
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kiefer Sutherland Nelson Wright
Julia Roberts Rachel Mannus
Kevin Bacon David Labraccio
William Baldwin Joe Hurley
Oliver Platt Randy Steckle
Kimberly Scott Winnie Hicks
Joshua Rudoy Billy Mahoney
Natsuko Ohama Professor
Lynda Odums Nurse
Ingrid Oliu Latin Wife
Jared Milmeister Young Nelson's Friend
Michelle McKee Joe's Woman
Elinore O'Connell Rachel's Mother
Nicole Niblack Joe's Woman
Nancy Moran Joe's Woman
Benjamin Mouton Rachel's Father
John Benjamin Martin Man on Crack
Sarabeth Tucek Joe's Woman
Deborah Torchio Joe's Woman
Sanna Vraa Bridget
Julie Warner Joe's Woman
Jim Ortlieb Uncle Dave
Kesha Reed Young Winnie
Deborah Thompson Terry
Angela Paton Doctor
Megan Stewart Playground Kid
Tressa Thomas Playground Kid
Afram Bill Williams Ben Hicks
Evelina Fernandez Latin Woman
Aeryk Egan Young Nelson
John Duda Young Labraccio
John Fink Doctor
Mali Finn
Marilyn Dodds Frank Bag Lady
Patricia Belcher Edna, the Ward Nurse
Cynthia Bassham Joe's Woman
K.K. Dodds Jill
Miguel Delgado Latin Husband
Illana B'Tiste
Hope Davis Anne
Ilona Margolis Joe's Woman
Dede Latinopoulos Joe's Woman
Tom Kurlander Medical Student
Cage S. Johnson Near-Death Patient
Zoaunne Le Roy Waitress
Nili Levi Little Girl
Susan French Terminal Woman
Gonzo Gonzalez Playground Kid
Patrick Gleeson Young Nelson's Friend
Anne James Beth
Ray Hanis Latin Orderly
Deborah Gooman Joe's Woman
Beth Grant Housewife
Technical Credits
Joel Schumacher Director
Susan Becker Costumes/Costume Designer
Rick Bieber Co-producer
Lincoln Chase Songwriter
Philip C. Cory Special Effects
Jan de Bont Cinematographer
Michael Douglas Co-producer
Jim Dultz Art Director
William Erickson Stunts
Bill Erickson Stunts
Peter Filardi Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Mali Finn Casting
Stephen Homsy Set Decoration/Design
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Anne Kuljian Set Decoration/Design
Rick LeFevour Stunts
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
Hans Metz Special Effects
Ve Neill Makeup
Larry Nicholas Stunts
Michael Rachmil Executive Producer
Robert Brown Editor
Scott Rudin Executive Producer
Dick Rudolph Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Sonski Set Decoration/Design
Dave Stewart Songwriter
Eugenio Zanetti Production Designer
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