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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)
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Alan Haufrect ...
Dr. Marcus
Lance LeGault ...
Vince (as Lance Le Gault)
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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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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

The ambulance driver states that he has to go through the Sumner Tunnel to get to Logan Airport. Since 1961, the tunnel going to Logan has been the Callahan tunnel. The Sumner tunnel has been outbound from the airport since 1962. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Susan Wheeler: Jim, I know it sounds silly but, supposing you wanted to put people into a coma, what would you do?
Jim: You mean on purpose?
Pathology Resident #2: Diethyl para-amino tannadol.
Jim: No, no, leaves a serum trace.
Pathology Resident #2: Yeah, if you know to look for it.
Jim: But it also peaks alk phos. That's a real giveaway. Besides, who can get tannadol?
Pathology Resident #2: Well, then you can use paradine.
Jim: No, it has a taste. We'd all make great murderers. I mean, who knows better about murder than a pathologist?
Pathology Resident #2: It sure keeps my wife in line.
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Realistic and frightening Look at what could go wrong on the operating table!
26 May 2004 | by 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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