Bringing Out the Dead (film) A joint production from Touchstone and Paramount, this motion picture details the demanding job of a paramedic, showing how he comes into contact on a daily basis with the dead and dying. Frank Pierce, deeply troubled and becoming burned out with his job, is followed through a weekend of all-night duty. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Released on October 22, 1999. Stars Nicolas Cage (Frank Pierce), Patricia Arquette (Mary Burke), John Goodman (Larry), Ving Rhames (Marcus), Tom Sizemore (Tom Wolfe). 121 min. Disney handled the international distribution, with Paramount the domestic. Based on the novel by Joe Connelly.