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Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Matthew Heineman & Susan Froemke

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About the Movie

"A MUST SEE! 'An Inconvenient Truth' for the healthcare debate" (Anthony Kaufman, The Village Voice). Co-directed by Matthew Heineman and Academy Award®-nominee Susan Froemke (Lalee’s Kin: The Legacy of Cotton), Escape Fire looks at a U.S. healthcare system designed to profit on disease not health, reward quantity over quality, and promote high-tech over high-touch. It interweaves dramatic personal stories with the efforts of leaders battling to transform healthcare at the highest levels of medicine, industry, government, and even the U.S. military.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 22
  • Fresh: 18
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Arranged in a handful of clear, concise chapters, "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare" turns an unwieldy, Medusa-headed topic into a convincingly humane argument for change. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Oct 4, 2012

Fresh: Like a doctor's carefully structured analysis of a patient's condition, the film breaks down its massive subject into manageable, clear, but not simplified parts. – Robert Koehler, Variety, Jan 26, 2012

Fresh: Cogent, convincing, determinedly non-ideological, "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare" tells us that everything we think we know about that incendiary topic might be wrong. And it offers us a way out of the morass. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Oct 4, 2012

Rotten: There's no escaping the fact that the sheer profusion of similarly-themed efforts in recent years reduces their individual impact. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Oct 5, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Excellent. Very well researched and presented.

Especially intrigued by the unwarranted variation illustrated by the Dartmouth Atlas of Healthcare.

This needs WIDE release

Escape fire should be required viewing for every American.

How about a movie about the strides we've made in medicine?

Well that will be gone with obomacare. No incentive $$$ to innovate. Cause wouldn't you want to be paid if you found a cure for cancer?

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