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Flatliners Movie Review Summary

Actors: Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt

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A group of medical students led by Nelson (Sutherland) begin to explore the realm of near death experiences with a series of daring experiments. Taking turns they stop their hearts until the vital signs register as flat lines and then they proceed to revive the subject and question them at length afterwards.
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But each one brings back something with them- the guilt and secrets that haunt them, some since childhood. Nelson's is the strongest and most disturbing- he played a role in the death of a boy; Rachel (Roberts) feels guilt over the suicide of her father, believing that there was something she could have done to prevent it; David (Bacon) feels guilt over the cruel teasing he dealt to a little black girl back in his school days and Joe (Baldwin) feels guilt that he cheats on his girlfriend and videotapes his sexual exploits with other women, without their knowledge or consent. Each med student must come to terms with their haunting memories in order to rid themselves of them.
The review of this Movie prepared by Patti Illsley



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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   guilt over actions that lead to death/injury

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   Boston Misc setting    -   school

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   seeing nude female butt    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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