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Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)

R | | Drama | 22 January 1982 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Mr. Eden
Alston Ahern ...
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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 Eva Kristin Berntzen <eva@himolde.no>

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22 January 1982 (USA)  »

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C'est ma vie, après tout!  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Janet Eilber, who plays Richard Dreyfuss' girlfriend in the film, is a real life dancer for Martha Graham. She has since taken over for troupe since her passing. See more »

Quotes

Ken Harrison: Hello, I was just practicing lying here.
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Connections

Version of Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1972) See more »

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Hospital Ladies
Words and Music by Arthur B. Rubinstein
Performed by "The Rebel Rockers"
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A Wonderful Movie...
3 September 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A brilliant performance by Richard Dreyfuss...and wonderful performances by Christine Lahti and John Cassavetes and Bob Balaban and Kenneth McMillan. I've watched this movie a number of times since it came out and it never fails to move me. Since I don't, and never have, worked in a hospital I can only believe that some of the events are a bit far fetched [jamming in the basement and smoking dope, for example] but getting past them, you have a riveting story. A battle for a human life. He wants to be allowed to die and they are determined to keep him alive. There are many wonderful moments, especially the hearing, that express the notion that both/neither is right/wrong. But whatever side you take you can't be disappointed by this moving story and these moving performances. In my opinion, 10/10.


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