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Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)

R  |   |  Drama  |  12 March 1982 (Australia)
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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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Mel Stewart ...
Dr. Barr
Ward Costello ...
Mr. Eden
Alston Ahern ...
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Betty Cole ...
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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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 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 »

Quotes

Ken Harrison: Hello, I was just practicing lying here.
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Great Performances
12 June 2004 | by (Canton,Michigan) – See all my reviews

This film is among the best of all time. I've seldom seen a movie in which all actors -- from the star to the smallest bit player -- deliver such forceful, realistic performances. I felt as if I were actually in that hospital room with Ken Harrison et al. While the film, which is about a sculpture who becomes a quadriplegic in a car accident and then decides to die rather than live life in that condition, has a seemingly depressing plot line, it is actually uplifting. Richard Dreyfus has the remarkable ability to infuse the main character with humor as well as sadness. It is a tribute to the director, writers, and actors that this movie, which could have easily been a maudlin weepy, turned out to be a paean to the indomitable human spirit.


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