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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:
A first rate suspense movie!! A rare classic. 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)
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:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The "Coma" title is derived from the Greek word koma which translates as "deep sleep".See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the scene toward the end, where Dr. Susan Wheeler discovers Tom Selleck's body after it has been "harvested" it is Tom himself laying on the table. Later shots show that a dummy with a bad wig has been substituted for the actor.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Susan Wheeler:You did it.
[Put people in irreversible comas]
Dr. George A. Harris:No decision is easy, Sue. It only looks that way when you're young. When you're older, everything is complicated. There is no black and white, only gray.
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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A first rate suspense movie!! A rare classic., 26 April 2002
Author: Robert W. (Robert_duder@hotmail.com) from Ontario, Canada

I decided to pick up this film originally because it was an early Michael Douglas movie, and Michael Crighton wrote and directed this screenplay. By the cover it had all the elements for a great movie, and the movie brought no disappointment. It was absolutely intriguing and brilliantly filmed. The background of the cold sterile hospital was haunting and perfect. Each actor whether big or small brought a twist to the story. The main character who played Dr. Susan Wheeler was perfect as the stern, and cold Doctor who's best friend goes in for a routine operation and then is rendered into a mysterious brain dead Coma. Dr. Wheeler begins to notice strange "coincidences" around the hospital and starts to investigate other "Coma" cases. What she unravels is a top secret plot that goes right to the very top. The story unravels perfectly and the tension and clues are superb. You can't get a much better 2 hour movie. It's definately a movie that you might be tempted to pass by but it's worth renting. Michael Douglas is even great, although only in it as a supporting character, as Dr. Wheeler's Doctor boyfriend who she tries to convince something terrible is going on within the hospital. You never know who might be involved in this plot and you're waiting for it all to unravel. The only negative aspect of this movie was the ending happens very very quickly, kind of leaves you feeling a little hurried but still an first class movie. Also look for Tom Selleck portraying a patient/dead body. You can't go wrong with this movie. 8/10

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