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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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Carter Hill
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Judge Wyler
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Mary Jo Sadler
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Orderly John
Alba Oms ...
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Janet Eilber ...
Pat
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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 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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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 »

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Ken Harrison: Some nurses and I went out for a little midnight skateboarding last night. The only trouble was that I was the skateboard.
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Referenced in After Lately: Who's Vagina Is It, Anyway?! (2011) See more »

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Punkette Nights
Words and Music by Michael Starobin
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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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