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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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Judge Wyler
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Mary Jo Sadler
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Orderly John
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Nurse Rodriguez
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Pat
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Mrs. Boyle
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Dr. Barr
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Mr. Eden
Alston Ahern ...
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Betty Cole ...
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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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The ultimate drama in the human comedy See more »

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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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$8,206,145 (USA)
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Trivia

Two different test screenings for this film were held. One in San Jose, California where the color version of the film was being shown and the other in San Francisco, where the black and white version was shown. This was a way that Director John Badham would prove to then MGM head David Begelman, that his version in black and white would be the one to have the best screening. Ultimately, Begelman prevailed and the film was released in color. See more »

Quotes

Ken Harrison: [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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Referenced in The Golden Girls: Whose Face Is This, Anyway? (1987) See more »

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Punkette Nights
Words and Music by Michael Starobin
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Thought provoking
15 November 2002 | by (Varde, Denmark) – See all my reviews

This thought provoking and philosophically painful. Most people have an opinion on euthanasia and how they would react should they end up helplessly crippled and so does Ken Harrison in this movie. But do we really mean what we say? What is really special about this movie is that it does not take a stand at the end. It lets us wonder. Does he actually change his mind as the good doctor suggests he might?

I for one, dread a decision like this one.


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