Frank Pierce: Tom, where are the Band-Aids? This IS an ambulance, isn't it?
This seems to be like the lost Scorsese film. It came out in 1999, amidst many other great movies of that year, it has a great cast, an interesting subject, oh and its a Scorsese film.
Nick Cage stars as Frank Pierce, a burnt out ambulance driver. The film takes place during three consecutive days in the early 90s (as the film says) all surrounding a very long shift that cage is on.
Over the course of these three days, Frank is paired up with three different co-pilots in the ambulence.
John Goodman, the most controlled performance in the film.
Larry: Oh no, I can't eat the same meal twice.
Ving Rhames as a born again christian, who also doubles as a security guard in the hospital.
Marcus: Don't make me take off my sunglasses.
and Tom Sizemore, as the upbeat and possibly crazy driver.
Tom Wall: Frank, what do you know? It's you and me again tonight. The rough riders, tearing up the streets, just like old times. This old bus is a warrior, Frank. I have tried to kill her, but she will not die. I have a great respect for that.
These are all great performances, and there are even more from Patricia Arquette as the daughter of a heart attack patient, Cliff Curtis as a drug dealer, and Mark Anthony as a crazy drug user.
Scorsese directs the movie with ultra fast and very visual techniques, with a very short average shot length, but none of it is too jarring, it fits the mood of what is going on in this film.
Cage is also great. Being written by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), Cage plays the counter part to Travis Bickle, a man who functions at night, is burnt out, and has seen terrible things, but still goes on with his life. Cage views things in a very dark manner, and is even seeing images of lives that he has lost, but the situations the movie presents us with are both dark and darkly humorous.
A very well made film, with another great Scorsese touch including the editing, visual style and soundtrack.
Dr. Hazmat: I thought you said this guy was dead.
Frank Pierce: He got better.