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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 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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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 <>

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The ultimate drama in the human comedy See more »




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Release Date:

12 March 1982 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

C'est ma vie, après tout!  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

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Director John Badham wanted and fought for the film being shot in black and white. MGM balked at the idea and to appease Badham, MGM suggested that they shoot the film in color and during post-production produce a black and white negative as a compromise. See more »


Dr. Michael Emerson: You'll be fine.
Ken Harrison: [sarcastically] Are you kidding?
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Hospital Ladies
Words and Music by Arthur B. Rubinstein
Performed by "The Rebel Rockers"
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Thought provoking
15 November 2002 | by (Varde, Denmark) – See all my reviews

This thought provoking and philosophically painful. Most people have an opinion on euthanasia and how they would react should they end up helplessly crippled and so does Ken Harrison in this movie. But do we really mean what we say? What is really special about this movie is that it does not take a stand at the end. It lets us wonder. Does he actually change his mind as the good doctor suggests he might?

I for one, dread a decision like this one.

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