Cinema: Living with the Dead

Nicolas Cage stars as a haunted ambulance driver in Martin Scorsese's harrowing new film

Frank Pierce's life is basically a high-speed pursuit of a state of grace that keeps eluding him. Frank, who in Martin Scorsese's new film Bringing Out the Dead is played in a sort of stunned frenzy by Nicolas Cage, is a New York City paramedic working Hell's Kitchen on the aptly named graveyard shift. He's been on the job too long, and lately its only compensation--the rush, the high of saving a life--has eluded him. He's famished, but he can't eat. He's exhausted, but his sleep is haunted, particularly by the vision of a young woman who died as he tried...

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