• Flatliners (1990)


Release Date: August 10th, 1990

DVD Release Date: December 9th, 1997

R |1 hr 51 min

Plot Summary

Seeking answers about the afterlife, Chicago medical student Nelson (Kiefer Sutherland) persuades his fellow pupils to help him end his life, and then resuscitate him in the nick of time. Atheist David (Kevin Bacon), playboy Joe (William Baldwin) and troubled Rachel (Julia Roberts) also journey into the unknown, looking for meaning in their own lives. As the experiments become more perilous, each is forced to contend with the paranormal consequences of trespassing on the other side.

Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt, Kimberly Scott, Joshua Rudoy, Benjamin Mouton

Director: Joel Schumacher

Genres: Science fiction

Production Co: Stonebridge Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation

Distributors: RCA/Columbia, Columbia Pictures

Keywords: Gripping, Mystery, Quest, 1980s, Emotional, Doctor, Love interest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Flatliners is an original, intelligent thriller, well-directed by Joel Schumacher. I only wish it had been restructured so we didn't need to go through the same crisis so many times. show more

  • 75
    Dave KehrChicago Tribune

    It's much to Schumacher's credit that Flatliners, for all of its crazy excess, does not turn into camp. show more

  • 63
    John HartlThe Seattle Times

    Their performances lend the movie a touch of class, even if they can't make up for the superficial writing and Schumacher's anything-for-a-jolt direction. show more

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