Bringing Out the Dead script
Synopsis: After a disheartening and haunting career wears him down, New York City paramedic Frank Pierce (Nicolas Cage) begins to collapse under the strain of saving lives and witnessing deaths. Through the course of a few nights, three co-workers (John Goodman, Ving Rhames, Tom Sizemore) accompany Pierce as he grasps for sanity and pushes to be fired. Before Pierce falls off the edge, he still has a hope when he forms a friendship with a victim's daughter (Patricia Arquette).


Four flights up:
Frank and Larry climbing rotting steps,

gray-yellow painted walls, red doors with three locks each,

Larry, out of breath, his stomach rolling around like a

bowling ball in a bag.



They enter 5A. MRS. BURKE, 55, her eyes run dry, standing in

the center of the room, surrounded by neighbors. Someone

leads them to the BEDROOM where Mr. Burke, 60, lies unmoving,

stretched on the bed. A young woman, MARY BURKE, 24, kneels

over the old man, pressing her lips to his flaccid mouth.

JOHN BURKE, 30, grabs Franks arm:


We were just watching TV and Dad

yelled out and started punching his

chest, next thing he locked himself

in the bathroom. I said we were gonna

call you guys and he said not to.

He was crying, I never heard him

crying before, then he sorta stopped.

We pulled him out and put him on the


Frank and Larry moving the body to the floor:


How long ago did he stop breathing?


Maybe ten minutes. Woman on the phone

tried to tell us how to do CPR.

Please, you gotta do something.


We'll do all we can.

Larry ripping open Mr. Burke's shirt, prepping electrode

patches, hooking wires, Frank opening Burke's mouth, feeling

a puff of gas escape; Larry calling for backup. Burke's EKG

rhythm on the monitor a flat green line.

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Paul Schrader

Paul Joseph Schrader is an American screenwriter, film director, and film critic. Schrader wrote or co-wrote screenplays for four Martin Scorsese films: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ and Bringing Out the Dead. more…

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