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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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Dr. Michael Emerson
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Dr. Clare Scott
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Carter Hill
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Judge Wyler
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Mary Jo Sadler
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Orderly John
Alba Oms ...
Nurse Rodriguez
Janet Eilber ...
Pat
Kathryn Grody ...
Mrs. Boyle
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Dr. Jacobs
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Dr. Barr
Ward Costello ...
Mr. Eden
Alston Ahern ...
Day Nurse
Betty Cole ...
ICU Nurse
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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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You'll have a lot of laughs.....before you cry. 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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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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Ken Harrison: [about the crowd in his room] This must be Grand Central Station!
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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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A Brilliant Movie
14 February 1999 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This masterpiece is one of my all time favourite films. Richard Dreyfuss plays an unforgettable role as the exuberant and creative sculptor who becomes paralysed from the neck down after a car accident and argues for his right to be discharged from hospital so that he can end his life.

The entire cast provide great performances including Christine Lahti, John Cassavetes, Bob Balaban but it is Richards Dreyfuss which makes this film as brilliant as it is. He takes you on a journey where the viewer actually feels pain when he is in pain, we feel sad when he is sad and laugh when he laughs.

Although the movie is about the right to die, it is not at all depressing. It is a movie filled with raw emotion, love and humour. Definitely a must see movie


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