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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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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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You'll have a lot of laughs.....before you cry. See more »

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12 March 1982 (Australia)  »

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C'est ma vie, après tout!  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 »

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Dr. Michael Emerson: You'll be fine.
Ken Harrison: [sarcastically] Are you kidding?
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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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