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The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler (1971)

A reporter uncovers an amazing medical plot.

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Harry Walsh
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Sen. Clayton Zachary Wheeler
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Dr. Redding
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Dr. Layle Johnson
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Hugh Fielding
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Dwight Chiles
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Jake
Lew Brown ...
Collins
Richard Schuyler ...
Bates
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Adams
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Craig Harmon (as Bill Bryant)
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Dr. Keating (as Tris Coffin)
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Premier Mabulla
Ruben Moreno ...
General Muñoz
Steve Cory ...
Carson
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A U.S. Senator is spirited away to a secret New Mexico medical lab after a serious car crash. His injuries are completely healed by a secret organization that has developed advanced medical technology. What does the organization want in exchange for saving his life? Meanwhile, a reporter who witnessed the accident decides to investigate the senator's disappearance. Written by yortsnave

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A secret government clinic of intrigue and murder, where men played for the highest of stakes - ETERNAL LIFE.


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Would Make Michael Crichton Proud
15 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film did remind me of the kinds of ideas in Crichton's novels - especially his early medical fiction. Who would have guessed that a now-forgotten low-budget B-movie would actually end up more timely almost 40 years after its original release? I don't know of any earlier film treatments of the subject of cloning than this film - I really wonder what audiences thought when this first came out, as the plot line of the film must have seemed really wild back then. I don't particularly care for remakes - especially of good movies like this - but now would be a terrific time for a remake of this story, possibly with a better budget. As it is, the film stretches its budget pretty well, but I would have appreciated greater attention to the scientific aspects of the cloning (possibly with some special effects). Additionally, because all of the real-life politicians seem to be weighing in on the stem cell and medical ethics issues, the political aspects of the story would fit perfectly into a remake, where they could be fleshed out in greater detail. I guess this movie just has me thinking more of what it could have been than what it is. On its own level, it is a surprisingly thoughtful low-budget film that concentrates on ideas, rather than action. For that, it is well worth searching out.

On a final note, it has a ridiculous non-sequitur ending that had me giggling, but the ending seems to fit a cheap movie like this, whose filmmakers certainly couldn't afford a lot of explosions and gunfights .


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