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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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Judge Wyler
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Mary Jo Sadler
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Orderly John
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Pat
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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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Drama

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12 March 1982 (Australia)  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)
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The film was originally intended to be shot completely in black and white. The only scene to be left in this state was the flashback sequence where Richard Dreyfuss' character is sculpting his girlfriend Pat, played by real life dancer Janet Eilber. The sequence would continue in a sort of ballet where she's ultimately seen completely nude. This was a compromise between John Badham and David Begelman, the head of MGM since the film was being released in color after the test screenings proved to be in Begelman's favor. See more »

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Ken Harrison: I better be nice to this woman. Otherwise, the good doctor will dissolve her in water and inject her into me.
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Referenced in Murphy Brown: Whose Garbage Is It Anyway? (1989) See more »

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Punkette Nights
Words and Music by Michael Starobin
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One Fine Deep Film
9 February 2004 | by (Bay Area) – See all my reviews

I caught this on Cable a few years back and was blown away by Richard Dreyfuss's performance. A very deep film not for the faint of heart. If you don't like to think don't see this film. Cause this will definetely bend you noodle. In my oppinion Richard Dreyfuss is definetely in the top five actors of his generation. After seeing this film you will know why I rank him so high. Excellent Sceenplay and Direction. WARNING: Like I said not for the faint of heart.


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