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. Morelind (as Harry Rhodes)
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A young doctor at a hospital, Susan Wheeler (played by Geneviève Bujold), starts noticing a pattern of strange occurrences with patients. Healthy patients are suddenly developing complications and ending up in comas. She starts investigating and what she reveals is astonishing. Written by grantss

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6 January 1978 (USA)  »

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The film was memorable for its striking image of a coma clinic where several men and women were seen suspended by wires attached to and passing through their wrists and ankles. Such images were used for the film's movie posters. See more »

Goofs

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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Dr. Cowans: Anesthesia's the easiest job in the world until something goes wrong. It's 99% boredom and 1% scared-shitless panic.
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Realistic and frightening Look at what could go wrong on the operating table!
26 May 2004 | by (Mind of the Films) – See all my reviews

Coma was a really fun film. I liked it to pieces. It opens with a really intriguing shot of a gorgeous Genevieve Bujold driving to her work as a Dr. Wheeler, and listening to the radio on a beautiful crisp Boston morning. A film like this has the audience attention from that grab. Exposition ensues and so does a bit of crazy character development. Then, something else happens, ,a major death takes place and a real intrigue seeks in. Then, the revelation is that a crisis is concerning certain patients. Not for those who are queasy in hospitals. This film, about patients slipping one by one into a coma for no apparent reason still has enough affect to chill every one of it's audience members to the bone! All the stars are at their best with a script that-while has some of its unoticable flaws- keeps the audience in the roots of fear as they root for the lead female. Great Jerry Goldsmith score as well. Great photography and direction from Crighton. a cool film!


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