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Coma (1978)

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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Dr. Morelind (as Harry Rhodes)
Gary Barton ...
Computer Technician
Frank Downing ...
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Alan Haufrect ...
Dr. Marcus
Lance LeGault ...
Vince (as Lance Le Gault)
Michael MacRae ...
Chief Resident
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Storyline

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


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6 January 1978 (USA)  »

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Koma  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actor-producer Michael Douglas later produced around twelve years later a film in the same mixed genre as Coma (1978). This was Joel Schumacher's sci-fi horror medical thriller Flatliners (1990). See more »

Goofs

Drs. Mark Bellows (Michael Douglas) and Susan Wheeler (Geneviève Bujold) are seen on the DVD cover/movie poster climbing a ladder together, presumably the one that leads to the crawlspace above OR8. Each one of the characters only climbed a ladder once and those were on separate occasions. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Cowans: Okay, Mrs. Greenly, it's time to wake up. Okay, Nancy? Mrs. Greenly? Wake up. Nance, can you give me a cough, please? Nancy?
[checks her eyes]
Dr. Cowans: Oh, Jesus Christ! Her pupils are fixed and dilated.
Dr. Richards: What?
Dr. Cowans: The pupils. They're fixed. Dilated.
Dr. Richards: Oh, my God!
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Version of Dead Sleep (1990) See more »

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Fine medical thriller; good work by Bujold and Widmark
23 April 2000 | by 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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