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  • Stuart Margolin makes his most breathtaking, undisciplined work in his unfortunately overlooked farcical chronicle of American paramedic life in South Central during the decadent and confusing mid-1980's. Margolin innovative use of experimental lighting techniques and lenses developed by NASA to translate Los Angeles'city scape will leave you rocked with emotion and begging for more. Christopher McDonald is in top form delivering a seamless portrayal of Mad Mike: a jaded but dedicated paramedic struggling to maintain a grasp on his fleeting morals in face of the demands in a decaying and stubbornly self-destructive society. Along with a powerhouse performance by George Newbern as Uptown, Mad Mike's partner returning to his once prosperous neighborhood to clean up dead children laid to waste by gang warfare. If you like this film as much as I do, do yourself a favor and get a copy of Margolin's next film 1990's B.L. Stryker: Plates starring Alfie Wise, Ossie Davis and Burt Reynolds, another unrecognized experimental classic.
  • The 1980's, and glorious time for the low rent, b level film. It looked low budget, and it still, in most cases, entertained. There were many of these types of films made in the 80's from one shot studios and film companies. The wealth of no name actors made them special. In the 90's however, this slowly faded away till now, when you can't tell a b level film from a mainstream one because of advanced technology. the actors don't look much different then the a list counterparts, and thus, everything seems cookie cutter production.

    Paramedics takes us back to the time in which b films were made low budget, with strained story lines, hot young starlets willing to bare breasts for stardom. Though two such women in question, Elaine Wilkes, and Lydie Denier don't do nude scenes in Paramedics, a pg-13 b film gem, (though Denier does an up the skirt shot when she jumps from the ambulance), it's still worth it. And why the lovely, and very leggy Wilkes quit movie making after this is a head scratcher.

    Forget the been there done that storyline of two renegade paramedics who manage to keep their jobs while single handedly thwarting a body organ theft ring. The film just entertains, and is great escapism, taking 90 minutes in exchange for a few laughs, and enjoyable entertainment. George Newbern and Christopher McDonald had the look of possibly a great comedy team, and alas, they never did another film as a team. Karen Whitter as the femme fa-tale who causes accidents via sex, would make anyone want to go along for the ride.

    Overall, the film is funny, and never takes itself seriously for a second. SO flashback to a time when b movies meant something. Watch Paramedics, and enjoy the fun! great 80's cheese!
  • One of the most underrated suspense comedy of it time, "Paramedics" not only delivers laughs, but lets us probe into the fast paced workings of a paramedics life. Suspense and realistic accuracy usually doesn't yield good comedy, but "Paramedics" proves the exception to the rule. Director Staurt Margolin does an excellent job of combining the gritty, touch-and-go lifesaving (think "Bringing Out the Dead") with a heartfelt, aloof humor that seems to blend seamlessly into itself. For those of you who are technical nerds, have no fear! There is plenty of medical-speak spaced between heart-beating action. Whatever tickles your fancy, whether it be fierce, down to the second action, or good natured giggles, "Paramedics" has something for everyone. I highly recommend it.
  • Ah, paramedics. Is there anything they can't do?

    Quite possibly the best film ever made featuring rapping white ambulance attendants - in fact, I think rap and hip-hop music in general received a monumental boost in its quest for legitimacy after Uptown and Mad Mike belted their street-savvy showstopper at the conclusion of Paramedics. Magnifique! And to the agent out there representing the Fat Boys? Shame on you! What a perfect vehicle for those crazy corpulants this would've been. One can only sit and think about it.

    Please, PLEASE regard all of this as sarcasm and steer clear of this trash. Peace out.
  • BandSAboutMovies4 May 2020
    Warning: Spoilers
    Stuart Margolin did more than play Evelyn "Angel" Martin on The Rockford Files. He directed plenty of TV shows and this 1988 Police Academy takeoff.

    George Newbern (Poochinski!) is Uptown and Christopher McDonald (Shooter McGavin in a rare babyface role!) is Mad Mike, two, well, paramedics who get moved from uptown to the streets and come across a corpses for cash scam.

    Karen Witter, Playboy's March 1982 Playmate of the Month plays Danger Girl, a woman so sexually adept that she girls nearly every man that she sleeps with, like Ray Walston of all people, who starts the film up being dominated by her. If you ever wanted to see Mr. Hand get mahandled, this would be the movie for you. I won't judge your kink.

    That is Leigh Hamilton from Hocus Pocus playing the dispatcher, but not her voice. Listen hard - it's really Sally Kellerman. Lydie Denier - a Zalman King vet - always shows up.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    I watched this years ago to see Karen in one of her earlier roles. By today's standards her part would be seen as degrading and does admittedly play out like a sub-plot from a porno. In one memorable scene, Karen is all dolled up pretty in heels and a skirt standing on the side of the road at night. As a paramedic van passing by slows down for the team to take a look, she hikes up skirt to show the boys her delicious gams. Karen is then next being escorted to the back of the van for some stranger fun. I believe there is a shot of the van rocking as the men take turns on top of Karen. In another scene, she has seduced an old man (Ray Waltson from My Favorite Martian). He eventually has a heart attack following a sexy goodbye kiss. Throughout the film she is known as Danger Girl, as she gets her kicks causing car accidents. The sultry hitchhiker apparently enjoys dangerous and anonymous sex with whomever is behind the wheel. A toned down version of this plot line does exist.