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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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Dr. Barr
Ward Costello ...
Mr. Eden
Alston Ahern ...
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Betty Cole ...
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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 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: How does a quadriplegic cross the road? He was stapled to a chicken.
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Punkette Nights
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A Wonderful Movie...
3 September 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A brilliant performance by Richard Dreyfuss...and wonderful performances by Christine Lahti and John Cassavetes and Bob Balaban and Kenneth McMillan. I've watched this movie a number of times since it came out and it never fails to move me. Since I don't, and never have, worked in a hospital I can only believe that some of the events are a bit far fetched [jamming in the basement and smoking dope, for example] but getting past them, you have a riveting story. A battle for a human life. He wants to be allowed to die and they are determined to keep him alive. There are many wonderful moments, especially the hearing, that express the notion that both/neither is right/wrong. But whatever side you take you can't be disappointed by this moving story and these moving performances. In my opinion, 10/10.


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