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Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)

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Ken Harrison is an artist that makes sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck. All he can do is talk, and he wants to die. In hospital he make ... See full summary »

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Dr. Barr
Ward Costello ...
Mr. Eden
Alston Ahern ...
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ICU Nurse
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Storyline

Ken Harrison is an artist that makes sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck. 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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12 March 1982 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

C'est ma vie, après tout!  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Richard Dreyfuss was considerably ill during most of the shoot. He would only be able to film at least 2 to 3 hours at most and would be sent home for the rest of the day. People have stated that it was caused by his heavy drug use at the time and one of the reasons he does not remember that even participated in this film despite his great performance. See more »

Quotes

Ken Harrison: Some nurses and I went out for a little midnight skateboarding last night. The only trouble was that I was the skateboard.
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Referenced in Murphy Brown: Whose Garbage Is It Anyway? (1989) See more »

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Hospital Ladies
Words and Music by Arthur B. Rubinstein
Performed by "The Rebel Rockers"
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Very interesting movie
28 November 2001 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

I would say that this movie is very interesting.

May doctors let a patient die? Is it right to keep a person who wants to die alive?

These are two questions which this movie handles, and you have the possibility to agree or not. But wether you like the idea of letting a patient die or not, the movie really makes you think about all the angles in this case.

I would rate it 8/10.


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