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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 »
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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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Self/less | Review
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A very underated "Hitchcockian" thriller from the disco-era. See more (80 total) »

Cast

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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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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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Ed Harris's film debut.See more »
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Crew or equipment visible: Crew and a camera are reflected in the glass as we first see Mrs. Emerson approach Dr. Wheeler.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Cowans:Anesthesia's the easiest job in the world until something goes wrong. It's 99% boredom and 1% scared-shitless panic.See more »
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A very underated "Hitchcockian" thriller from the disco-era., 16 August 2001
Author: Robert Colt (robert.n.colt@altavista.com) from Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Coma", as well as other mid-to-late 70's films, was one of the reasons I became a filmmaker myself. In terms of the suspence, tension and general spookiness of such a "normal and everyday" subject as hospitals, doctors, etc., was very influential in how I perceived the things around me. The great thing about the film, and the book - of course, was that we put our trust in people like doctors, policemen, goverment officials, and the like - and most of the time that trust is "blind faith". Dr. Cook and DR. Crichton are masters at this genre - Making the incredible credible. Even though this film is a bit dated, It is almost becoming a reality. In China, prisoners are "harvested" for their organs so others can benefit. Technology, like in the film, can now sustain life for as long as the machine(s) and/or computers can function. It was Sci-Fi in 1978 - now an all-to-real reality. Back to the film itself, I thought Dr. Crichton did a wonderful job on the directing and the screenplay. The material he had from Dr. Cook was first-rate. The cinematography, done by A.S.C. President Victor J. Kemper was outstanding. The technique of keeping the images at the hospital as cold, sterile and clinical as possible was brilliant. Mr. Hirschfield's "Jefferson Institute" sequences were also fantastic. Dr. Crichton's editing pace was also a stroke of genius. All editing was done with straight cuts. No zooms and very few dolly /pan shots. This was keep with the theme that YOU, THE VIEWER, are in the hospital and the "cuts" are as impersonal and precise as the doctor's scalpel. The cast was also well thought out. Ms. Bujold, even though she speaks with a thick French-Canadian accent, was the perfect protagonist. You do not have to be an Amazon Woman to be strong and independent. Mr. Douglas was a bit "sleepy" in his role, he just needed more to do. Mr. Widmark was perfect as the Chief, as was Mrs. Ashley as the Institute's head matron. Look for Tom Selleck and Ed Harris in their first movie roles. Also, in the "Jefferson Institute" sequence, you will see a young Christopher Reeve as a hapless victem of the movie's plot. All in all, "Coma" is one of those films that, even though had moderate success at the box office, is really a forgotten gem in the MGM vaults. It proves that you do not need blood guts, or special effects to make a great movie. Gee, kind of like Mr. Hitchcock.

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