Broken Vessels (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Broken Vessels (1998)




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This social drama follows the career of Tom, who drives an ambulance. Tom is instantly impressed with his hard-driving partner, Jimmy. Together they get through many different scenarios including a mix-up which sends a still-living crash victim to the morgue. Winner of "Best Picture" at the L.A. Independent Film Festival.


Roxana Zal
as Elizabeth
James Hong
as Mr. Chen
Al Israel
as Detective McMahon
Bobby Harwell
as Detective Baer
Shashawnee Hall
as Crazy Sword Man/Ricky
Rose Marie
as Mr. Chen's Secretary
Rose Powell
as Earl's Wife
Rita Solomon
as Waitress
Ron Jeremy
as Porn Star/Himself
Marcia Gray
as Porn Star
Solo Scott
as Crackhouse
Ron Lunceford
as Crackhouse
Craig Alsop
as Crackhouse
Lisa Warsniak
as Crackhouse
Joey Gold
as Crackhouse
as Cop
Dolores Anderson
as Mother of Crazy Man
Lisa Davis
as Hooker
Eugene Pagano
as Bartender
Alfred Pagano
as Bartender
Kevin O'Connell
as Fire Captain
Barbara Volz
as Firefighter
Joseph Oritz
as Firefighter
Kevin Brown
as Drug Dealer
Ben Liou
as Drowning Victim
Juan Morales
as Best Man
Leon Fogel
as Wedding Party
Silvia Pelajo
as Wedding Party
Elan Benshimon
as Wedding Party
Sharon Benshimon
as Wedding Party
Carlos Augulo
as Wedding Party
Karen Fogel
as Wedding Party
Natalie Barajas
as Wedding Party
Jim Zarneski
as Bob's Friend
Gelene Collings
as Accident Victim
David Ziehl
as Accident Victim
Jack Kerrigan
as Drunk Driver
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Critic Reviews for Broken Vessels

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

What makes the movie special is the way both lead actors find the right quiet notes for their performances.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The action is bolstered by several wacky characters and an unrelenting dark comic touch.

April 12, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Competently made but it tells the same old story of drug addiction that Trainspotting (1996) told much better.

May 26, 2006 | Full Review…

Makes a quieter but deeper impression than Bringing Out the Dead.

January 8, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

weighted down by conventional morality and predictable storytelling

September 18, 2001 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Broken Vessels

Obvious symbolism and pretentiousness aside, this is one boring film. Though it was cool to see William Smith (the white one) in a film again.

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