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Dr. Peter Carey is a pathologist at a Boston hospital. The daughter of the hospital's Chief of Staff dies after an illegal abortion goes wrong, and Carey's friend and colleague Dr. David ... See full summary »

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Dr. Peter Carey
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Georgia Hightower
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Capt. Pearson
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Nurse Angela Holder
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Evelyn Randall
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Chief Surgeon Andrew Murphy
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J.D. Randall
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David Tao
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Dr. Joshua Randall
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Roger Hudson
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Sanderson the Pathologist
Steve Carlson ...
Walding
Rosemary Edelman ...
Janet Tao
Jennifer Edwards ...
Lydia Barrett
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Dr. Peter Carey is a pathologist at a Boston hospital. The daughter of the hospital's Chief of Staff dies after an illegal abortion goes wrong, and Carey's friend and colleague Dr. David Tao is accused of performing the abortion. Carey doesn't buy it, and so he digs deeper, angering the girl's father in the process. Questions abound: Who performed the abortion? Was the girl really pregnant? And what does it have to do with stolen morphine, blackmail attempts, and a mysterious and dangerous masseur? Written by reservoirdog909

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Peter Carey M.D.: arrives from the coast - finds hypocrisy in a big Boston hospital - and a brilliant surgeon accused of abortion that turns to murder.


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17 November 1972 (Denmark)  »

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A Case of Need  »

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Working title: "A Case of Need". See more »

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During the autopsy, the cadaver is clearly breathing. See more »

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Evelyn Randall: What can I do for you?
Dr. Peter Carey: Tell me about your daughter.
Evelyn Randall: My step-daugher. I'm not old enough to have been her mother.
Dr. Peter Carey: Oh, really?
Evelyn Randall: [offended] Yeah. Really!
Dr. Peter Carey: Well, if you say so...
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Vehicle for a Rising Star
30 June 2009 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Coburn proves here he can do casual self-assurance as well as anyone. His Dr. Carey, however, goes beyond that breezy stage to an egotism that ends in one of Hollywood's dreariest clichés— the hero as infallible master of every situation. However, the effortless mastery does get tiresome. Still and all, it's not required of a good movie that the central character be likable. A film may rise or fall on merits other than personality. The trouble is this movie has few redeeming merits. The biggest problem, as others point out, is a ragged script with more holes than a kitchen sieve. Had the screenplay played up the mystery, closed some of the holes (why did Karen falsely implicate Dr. Tao, an event that triggers the entire storyline?), and tightened up the suspense, we would have had a more memorable result. Instead, there's the ridiculous wild car ride, the pointless banter with O'Neill, and several flabby scenes (the autopsy, for one). Whatever director Edwards' proved skills with comedy (The Pink Panther, et al.), that same skill is not in evidence with a thriller like this one. My guess is that compromises were made to turn the movie into a vehicle for Coburn. But whatever the reason, the result is disappointing.


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