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Ken Harrison is an artist who makes sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck down. All he can do is talk, and he wants to die. In hospital he make friends with some of the staff, and they support him when he goes to trial to be allowed to die. Written by
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The hospital depicted in the film is actually a set on the old MGM lot. Production Designer Gene Callahan designed it in a way that was accessible for the characters to see one another and actually feel comfortable being there. For example, he would have glass windows in the patients rooms so the doctors and nurses in the film could actually see their patients, in this case mainly Richard Dreyfuss. See more »
[about the nurse who accidentally let him fall out of the bed]
It wasn't her fault. It wasn't her fault. It was an accident!
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This film is among the best of all time. I've seldom seen a movie in which all actors -- from the star to the smallest bit player -- deliver such forceful, realistic performances. I felt as if I were actually in that hospital room with Ken Harrison et al. While the film, which is about a sculpture who becomes a quadriplegic in a car accident and then decides to die rather than live life in that condition, has a seemingly depressing plot line, it is actually uplifting. Richard Dreyfus has the remarkable ability to infuse the main character with humor as well as sadness. It is a tribute to the director, writers, and actors that this movie, which could have easily been a maudlin weepy, turned out to be a paean to the indomitable human spirit.
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