The celebrated heart surgeon Dr. Vrain supports the research of the offbeat scientist Aldo Gehring, who is inventing an artificial heart. Dr. Vrain performs the first artificial human heart... See full summary »

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Dr. Thomas Vrain
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Edgar Fine
Sharon Acker ...
Tilla Vrain
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Carol Severance
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Dr. Aldo Gehring
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Henry De Vici
Julie Armstrong ...
Donna Clure
Jun Asahina ...
Japanese Technician
Steve Ballantine ...
Injured Motorcyclist
Ralph Benmergui ...
Mr. Orantes' Interpreter (as Ralph Benmurgui)
Richard Blackburn ...
Dr. Cutter
Lally Cadeau ...
Anita, Vrain's Secretary
Eric Clavering ...
Old Man in Recovery
James Douglas ...
Older Doctor in X-Ray Room (as James B. Douglas)
Nancy Downey ...
Judy
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The celebrated heart surgeon Dr. Vrain supports the research of the offbeat scientist Aldo Gehring, who is inventing an artificial heart. Dr. Vrain performs the first artificial human heart transplant against the advice of the Ethics Committee. Written by Will Gilbert

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In this surgeons hands, life has a new meaning.

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21 January 1983 (USA)  »

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Dr. Aldo Gehring: Let me... let me say something. Surgeons, are something people don't understand uh... surgeons are like airplane pilots. Surgeons are not creative.
Jay Wingate: Well, there's an old saying that I think perhaps you're familiar with, that internists are people who know everything and do nothing and surgeons do everything but know nothing.
Dr. Aldo Gehring: Surgeries are only repetition, it's just plumming, one two three, one three two. There's no intellecutal aspects.
Jay Wingate: What do you mean, no intellectual aspects?
Dr. Aldo Gehring: To a surgeon a ...
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Dr. Thomas Vrain is a superstar in the field of Cardiovascular surgery, standing on the threshold of greatness as he becomes the first to accomplish a groundbreaking, history making, procedure.
25 March 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Donald Sutherland's performance as the highly tauted, respected, and greatly worshipped Dr Thomas Vrain is amazing and poignant. Dr. Vrain is a much love father, and well respected heart surgeon that comes to the realization that "now is the time" when a young patient faces certain death. We see the good doctor rocket from quiet, hard-working anonymity to overnight success and along the way, we see his old life and routine crumble and change.

This movie contains other break-out performances, such as Jeff Goldblum, as determined inventer Aldo Gehring, a man that accomplishes his goals, and achieves the recognition he desires, only to become jaded and bitter. And your heart will break at the wonderful performance given by Mare Winningham, as the young woman who has the most to win or lose, as she places her life in Dr. Vrain's hands.



Along the way we see Dr. Vrain care for his patients with loving kindness in the midst of his hectic schedule, he interacts with friends and family. But as we watch Dr. Vrain become the miracle worker, we get to experience the effect this groundbreaking event will have on him and those in his orbit. Donald Sutherland's portrayal is cool and understated as the the self-assured and talented surgeon that reluctantly steps into medical history.


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