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Coma (1978)

PG  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  6 January 1978 (USA)
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When a young female doctor notices an unnatural amount of comas occurring in her hospital she uncovers a horrible conspiracy.

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Dr. Susan Wheeler (as Genevieve Bujold)
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A young woman doctor discovers something sinister going on in her hospital. Relatively healthy patients are having 'complications' during simple operations and ending up in comas. The patients are then shipped off to an institute that looks after them. The young doctor suspects there is more to this than meets the eye. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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Imagine your life hangs by a thread. Imagine your body hangs by a wire. Imagine you're not imagining.


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SEK 1,272,484 (Sweden)
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Julie Christie was the first choice to play Dr. Susan Wheeler. See more »

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When Dr. Harris completes an appendectomy, the anesthesiologist reaches for the patient's endotracheal tube, as Dr Harris begins to turn away. When he completes the turn, the anesthesiologist is seen removing a face mask from the patient. There was no time for the anesthesiologist to remove the tube and replace it with the mask. See more »

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Jim: First rule of crime: Keep It Simple. What's simple? Carbon Monoxide.
Pathology Resident #2: Boring.
Dr. Susan Wheeler: Carbon Monoxide?
Jim: Sure, it's perfect. Anesthetist feeds the patient some carbon monoxide instead of oxygen. It's colorless and makes the blood very red so the surgeon doesn't notice anything funny. But the brain dies from lack of oxygen. End of operation - the patient doesn't wake up.
Dr. Susan Wheeler: No other effects?
Pathology Resident #2: Sure, other effects. Cardiac irritability.
Jim: Which this case had.
Pathology Resident #2: You know, it'd be much better to block the ...
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Fine medical thriller; good work by Bujold and Widmark
23 April 2000 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

In COMA, petite heroine Genevieve Bujold shows you don't have to be an amazon like Sigourney Weaver or Lucy Lawless to get physical with the bad guys. Set against a hospital backdrop ranking in verisimilitude with that of THE HOSPITAL (the only other accurate medical drama of the 1970's), this is a gripping thriller even on repeat viewing over twenty years later. Bujold's acting has been mentioned by other reviewers, but I would award special accolades to Richard Widmark, whose character's unctuous avuncularity is executed with superb subtlety. Plus, he even comports himself just like a real physician of seniority.

I do have a few complaints, not least of which is the gratuitous and grossly inaccurate portrayal of clinical lab personnel and the laboratory environment. Shame on Crichton, who must have missed out on visiting the lab through his entire tenure as a medical student. The laserdisc transfer is technically one of the worst I have in my collection. The monaural soundtrack is overdriven and distorted; the colors are washed out; and careless unmasking of the print (COMA is not letterboxed) results in visible boom mikes in several shots.

Still, this is a classic film, and anyone who wants to get up to speed on medical movies wouldn't want to exclude COMA.


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