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Coma -- When numerous patients die during routine surgery, a concerned Boston doctor defies her male superiors and uncovers a secret plot by hospital administrators to sell body parts.

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Director:
Writers:
Michael Crichton (screenplay)
Robin Cook (novel)
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Release Date:
6 January 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Imagine your life hangs by a thread. Imagine your body hangs by a wire. Imagine you're not imagining.
Plot:
When a young female doctor notices an unnatural amount of comas occurring in her hospital she uncovers a horrible conspiracy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Wow! Shockingly good for late 70's thriller cinema!! See more (79 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Geneviève Bujold ... Dr. Susan Wheeler (as Genevieve Bujold)

Michael Douglas ... Dr. Mark Bellows

Elizabeth Ashley ... Mrs. Emerson

Rip Torn ... Dr. George

Richard Widmark ... Dr. Harris

Lois Chiles ... Nancy Greenly
Hari Rhodes ... Dr. Morelind (as Harry Rhodes)
Gary Barton ... Computer Technician
Frank Downing ... Kelly

Richard Doyle ... Jim
Alan Haufrect ... Dr. Marcus
Lance LeGault ... Vince (as Lance Le Gault)
Michael MacRae ... Chief Resident

Betty McGuire ... Nurse

Tom Selleck ... Sean Murphy
Charles Siebert ... Dr. Goodman
William Wintersole ... Lab Technician
Ernest Anderson ... First Doctor

Harry Basch ... Second Doctor
Maury Cooper ... Third Doctor
Joni Palmer ... Dance Instructor

Joanna Kerns ... Diane
Kay Cole ... Sally
Tom Borut ... Dr. Cowans (as Tom Borut M.D.)
Philip G. Brooks ... Dr. Richards (as Philip G. Brooks M.D.)
Benny Rubin ... Mr. Schwartz
David Hollander ... Jimmy
Dick Balduzzi ... 1st Maintenance Man
Gary Bisig ... 2nd Maintenance Man

Kurt Andon ... 1st Cop
Wyatt Johnson ... 2nd Cop
Mike Lally ... Security Man (as Mike Lally Sr.)
John Widlock ... Norman
Duane Tucker ... 1st Man in Shower
Del Hinkley ... 2nd Man in Shower

Paul Ryan ... 1st Technician
Michael Mann ... 2nd Technician
Sarina C. Grant ... Woman in Elevator

David McKnight ... Man in Elevator
Gerald Benston ... Anesthetist (as Gerald Benston M.D.)
Robert Burton ... Pathology Residents

Ed Harris ... Pathology Resident #2
Joe Bratcher ... Surgical Residents
Martin Speer ... Surgical Residents
Roger Newman ... Surgical Residents
Paul Davidson ... Surgical Residents
Amentha Dymally ... Nurses
Lois Walden ... Nurses
Sharron Frame ... Nurses
Sue Bugden ... Nurses
Susie Luner ... Nurses
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jason Bernard ... Surgical Residents (uncredited)

Jeffrey Corazzini ... Patient (uncredited)

Bob Dio ... Subway Passenger (uncredited)
Edward C. Higgins ... Security Guard #2 (uncredited)
Gerry Vichi ... Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Donald Wayne ... (uncredited)
Nicholas Worth ... Patterson Institute Chief of Security (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Crichton 
 
Writing credits
Michael Crichton (screenplay)

Robin Cook (novel)

Produced by
Martin Erlichman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Victor J. Kemper (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David Bretherton 
 
Casting by
Joyce Agu  (as Joyce Robinson)
Sam Christensen 
 
Production Design by
Albert Brenner 
 
Set Decoration by
Rick Simpson 
 
Makeup Department
Carolyn Ferguson .... hair stylist
Don Schoenfeld .... makeup artist
Carrie White .... hair stylist: Miss Bujold's hairstyle designer
 
Production Management
Phil Rawlins .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Brimfeld .... second assistant director (as Alan Brimfield)
Ronald R. Grow .... assistant director (as Ron Grow)
William McGarry .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Sam Moore .... property master
V.R. Bud Shelton .... assistant property master (as V. 'Bud' Shelton)
William Ladd Skinner .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
William Griffith .... sound (as Bill Griffith)
Michael J. Kohut .... sound
William L. McCaughey .... sound (as William McCaughey)
John Riordan .... sound editor
Aaron Rochin .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Joe Day .... special effects
Andrew Miller .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Bill Hansard .... process coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerald Hirschfeld .... photographer: Jefferson Institute sequence
Bruce McBroom .... still photographer
Doug Byers .... electrician (uncredited)
Thomas P. Powell .... rigging gaffer electric (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne Kubis .... wardrobe
Eddie Marks .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Chuck Ellison .... assistant editor
Steve Johnson .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
William Saracino .... music editor
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor (uncredited)
Willard Jones .... music copyist (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Don Peake .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lee Ritenour .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Tommy Vig .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Chris Hutson .... technical advisor
John James .... location manager
John Lugar .... assistant to producer
Cydney Michaelson .... technical advisor
Don Morgan .... unit publicist
Betsy Norton .... script supervisor
Brent Sellstrom .... video coordinator
 
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Runtime:
113 min | Belgium:104 min (video version)
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Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (cut) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 | Norway:18 (1978) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) | USA:PG | USA:TV-PG (2006) | West Germany:16 (f)

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Trivia:
Actor Michael Douglas once described this film has having elements of both Love Story (1970) and The Hospital (1971) as well suspense elements of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Director Michael Crichton once wrote a number of novels under the pseudonym of "Michael Douglas" which was a hybrid of the first name of his (Michael) and his brother's (Douglas).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Dark haired stuntman falling down the stepped aisle of the lecture theatre, in place of fair haired villain.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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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Wow! Shockingly good for late 70's thriller cinema!!, 12 September 2001
Author: Leigh Buckley Fountain from Richmond, VA

Man, I had no idea what a good time I was in for with this one. Chrichton, a young Douglas, Tom Selleck in a minor (but important!) role, and I believe that's a very young Ed Harris playing a morgue attendant/medical examiner. His line about his wife is one of the funniest in the film. But seriously, this is very good and very overlooked. Tight construction, buildup, excellent characterization, swift and unpredicatble plot turns and visually striking scenes. I don't know how they created the "Institute's" main "storage facility". If you think about the actors involved in that one, you have to be impressed. And as another comment points out, the chase scene that ends in the freezer room is excellent; creepy and visceral. The killer , who is really just a hit man for whoever is behind 'the conspiracy' is suitably athletic, anonymous, and menacing. His sole line : "They told me to make it look like an accident" is extremely scary and effective - when coupled with his actions during the maintenance man scene. Good writing, Michael. Ane the suspense during the finale, well they just don't make'em like this anymore. Very enjoyable.

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