Flatliners (1990)

5 corrected entries

(5 votes)

Corrected entry: At one point while the group is trying to bring back Rachel the power goes out and they freak as they can't defib. However, this is a portable defibrillator used by ambulance personnel which has its own power source. The only trouble they might have is they can't see as well.


Correction: The defibrillator wouldn't work because David was asked if he charged the batteries, and he indicated he didn't.

Corrected entry: During the defibrillation scenes, the 'doctors' rub the paddles together before delivering the electrical shock. Yet there is no gel on the paddles, and no gel pads on the 'patient' either.

Correction: A character mistake. All of them are still students, and may have forgotten to add the gel in the high stressed situation.


Corrected entry: When Kevin Bacon is going to confront his past demon, Kiefer Sutherland offers to with for the drive. Kevin Bacon replies that it is a two hour drive to Benesenville, IL from the University of Chicago. Even in heavy traffic, the drive should take no more than one hour.

Correction: Kevin Bacons character may have wanted to go alone. By saying it was a two hour drive Kevin Bacons character may have been hoping that Keifer Sutherlands character might have changed his mind about wanting to come.

Corrected entry: Towards the end when Kiefer Sutherland goes under for the second time and the others rush in to find him, they need injections to aid in his revival. Julia Roberts tells the others that she is injecting "epi. intracardial" and plunges the needle into Sutherland's chest. The area where she sticks the needle IS where the heart should be, however, the heart is surrounded and protected by the sternum bone. If she was trying to inject it into the heart, shouldn't she have done so from a different angle? It DOES appear that the needle went through, but that would have to be a very strong needle to be able to not break, hitting bone.

Correction: The heart is not "surrounded" by the sternum, which is the flat bone that ribs connect to at the front of the chest. The heart isn't even completely covered by the sternum, the heart is wider than the sternum and isn't in the exact center of the chest anyway.


Corrected entry: In the final scene, Julia Roberts comes charging in to explain to the group that Kiefer Sutherland called her to tell her of his plan to flatline and that was about 9 minutes ago. So in an important plot line, everyone uses that number as the amount of time Kiefer has been under. But by the time he made the call to the time he actually ran into the abandoned church, turned on all the equipment, set himself up and eventually injected potassium into his arm, you'd have to figure at least 2-3 minutes elapsed before he actually flatlined. Why didn't the group take that into account?

Correction: Inasmuch as they didn't know exactly how much time they had to spare, they used the worst case scenario.

Bob Blumenfeld Premium member

Revealing mistake: When Nelson first undergoes the experiment, the doctors use a small mask to put him to sleep. When he is supposedly waking up, Rachel asks Randy to help her with oxygen. He hands her the same small mask they used the first time ie. anesthetic. Just for a second she has a look on her face which says "this is the wrong mask" and she tries to hide it with her hand. For the whole rest of the film, the other doctors use a bigger mask when giving oxygen.

More mistakes in Flatliners

Nelson Wright: Hello, I'm nice, he's nice, we're both fucking lunatics. Can I come in, please?

More quotes from Flatliners

Question: Just before Lebracio goes to the subway to find the ghost of Billy Mahoney, he crosses the street and about a dozen bicyclists come whizzing past him. Was this a hallucination? If so, why would he have a hallucination like that? If it wasn't a hallucination, what the heck are a bunch of racing bicyclists doing on a wet street that late at night?

Matty Blast

Chosen answer: No hallucination. It was Halloween night, so everyone was acting a little crazy. That's why one of the med students shows up in a skeleton suit. Going further, the 'hum' of the bikes were used not only to throw the viewer off as the same humming noise Nelson describes with coming back from the dead, but to confuse Nelson with death and reality and these new sensations/feelings he is experiencing since being brought back to life. The cyclists are used, in a sense, to scare Nelson and viewers. The same 'hum' can be heard when Nelson first finds Billy Mahoney in the dingy tunnel.

More questions & answers from Flatliners

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.