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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
Kaki Hunter ...
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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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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Trivia

Two different test screenings for this film were held. One in San Jose, California where the color version of the film was being shown and the other in San Francisco, where the black and white version was shown. This was a way that Director John Badham would prove to then MGM head David Begelman, that his version in black and white would be the one to have the best screening. Ultimately, Begelman prevailed and the film was released in color. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Michael Emerson: You'll be fine.
Ken Harrison: [sarcastically] Are you kidding?
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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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A stunning and emotional masterpiece.
12 December 1999 | by (Austin, Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

Years before Dr. Kevorkian brought the right to die into the national spotlight and made it a subject of public debate, Richard Dreyfuss's magnificent performance and Brian Clark's wonderful screenplay made the most cogent and realistic fictional argument I've seen on the issue. Dreyfuss is, without a doubt, a stellar performer -- in everything from "The Goodbye Girl" to "Mr. Holland's Opus," he consistently excels, but watching this movie again, I was flabbergasted by his ability. Using nothing but his head, he managed to evoke a stunning range of emotions. In my opinion, this is one of the better movies made in the last twenty years of the twentieth century.


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