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An Enemy of the People (1978)

G | | Drama | 17 March 1978 (USA)
A scientist stands against an entire town when he discovers their medicinal spa is polluted.

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It's winter in a small southern Norwegian town in the late nineteenth century. After years of struggling, Dr. Thomas Stockmann and his family - his wife Catherine, their young adult daughter Petra, and their two adolescent sons Ejlif and Morten - have returned to town after being away for five years up north, he now well respected and successful as the medical resident of the Health Institute at Kirsten Springs, where he is also a board member. He devised the springs and institute as a center of therapeutic benefits on his own, but developed it with his brother, the town mayor, Peter Stockmann, who is the board chair. They have reinvigorated what was the financially crumbling town. Peter takes credit for giving Thomas this air of respectability, something that has never been important to Thomas, who would rather be seen as a man of conviction in doing the right thing. In this respect, Petra takes after her father. Thomas often writes articles for the local activist newspaper, The ... Written by Huggo

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17 March 1978 (USA)  »

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O Inimigo do Povo  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Steve McQueen wanted his wife Ali MacGraw to star opposite him, until they broke up just before production began. See more »

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Petra Stockmann: This book! It's absolutely against everything the people believe.
Hovstad: Oh, no. It isn't that bad, is it?
Petra Stockmann: It says that if you're good, there's a supernatural force that'll make sure you end up happy. And if you're bad, you'll be punished! Now since when does the world work that way?
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Brilliant!
10 August 2001 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews



Steve McQueen made a career out of playing action roles, and although he played with a certain sense of cerebrality, by 1977 he wanted to prove that he could "act", in the classic sense. He proves beyond a doubt that he can in "An Enemy of The People", which was adapted from a play by Norwegian playwright Heinrik Ibsen.

McQueen gives a sublime performance in a film that was never properly released, promoted, or issued on video simply because the filmmakers didn't know what to do with it. It was a complete 360 degree turnaround role for McQueen, it's based on a play that, although famous, isn't well known by people who aren't college students, and they simply didn't know how to market it.

All the actors for this film were well chosen and all turn in excellent performances. McQueen himself certainly looks the part of the town doctor with his granny glasses, professor's 3 piece suit, and long shaggy beard.

It should be noted that this does appear on PBS from time to time, and videotaped versions of this are floating around. If you get a chance to see it, whether on tv or on someones videotaped version, then by all means do so.


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