7.3/10
2,150
27 user 9 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(play), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The movie centers on a piano competition whose winner is assured of success. It is Paul's last chance to compete, but newcomer Heidi may be a better pianist. Can romance be far away? Will ... See full summary »

Director: Joel Oliansky
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Amy Irving, Lee Remick
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The younger son of a working-class Jewish family in Montreal, Duddy Kravitz yearns to make a name for himself in society. This film chronicles his short and dubious rise to power, as well ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Kotcheff
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Micheline Lanctôt, Jack Warden
Stakeout (1987)
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two cops have to observe a woman. One of them falls in love with her.

Director: John Badham
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez, Madeleine Stowe
Nuts (1987)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A high-class call girl accused of murder fights for the right to stand trial rather than be declared mentally incompetent.

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Barbra Streisand, Richard Dreyfuss, Maureen Stapleton
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, an unemployed dancer and her 10-year-old daughter are reluctantly forced to live with a struggling off-Broadway actor.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings
Tin Men (1987)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A minor car accident drives two rival aluminum-siding salesmen to the ridiculous extremes of man versus man in 1963 Baltimore.

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito, Barbara Hershey
Garbo Talks (1984)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The son of a woman dying of a brain tumour tries to fulfil his mother's last wish: to meet Greta Garbo.

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Anne Bancroft, Ron Silver, Carrie Fisher
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

From the sight of a police officer this movie depicts the life in New York's infamous South Bronx. In the center is "Fort Apache", as the officers call their police station, which really ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Petrie
Stars: Paul Newman, Edward Asner, Ken Wahl
The Big Fix (1978)
Comedy | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An ex-'60s radical now working as a private eye is hired by an old flame to investigate a political smear campaign. The case becomes more dangerous as it unfolds.

Director: Jeremy Kagan
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Anspach, Bonnie Bedelia
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

True story of three British POWs and their attempt to escape from Nazi Germany.

Directors: Jack Lee, Ian Dalrymple
Stars: Leo Genn, David Tomlinson, Anthony Steel
Resurrection (1980)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Edna Mae Macaulay experiences the afterlife for a brief time after a car accident that kills her husband. As she begins her long process of physical healing, she discovers that she has the ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Petrie
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth
Drama | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A quiet school truant officer, Joe, uncovers a young boy's attempt to fake a residential address, and subsequently gets involved romantically with the boy's mother. The truant officer ... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Jordan
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon, Nancy Allen
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Dr. Michael Emerson
...
Dr. Clare Scott
...
Carter Hill
...
Judge Wyler
Kaki Hunter ...
Mary Jo Sadler
...
Orderly John
Alba Oms ...
Nurse Rodriguez
Janet Eilber ...
Pat
Kathryn Grody ...
Mrs. Boyle
...
Dr. Jacobs
...
Dr. Barr
Ward Costello ...
Mr. Eden
Alston Ahern ...
Day Nurse
Betty Cole ...
ICU Nurse
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

You'll have a lot of laughs.....before you cry. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 January 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

C'est ma vie, après tout!  »

Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

'John Cassavetes' is an improvisational actor/director, and he at times got fed up with having to be precise in his dialogue and was quoted as saying to Director John Badham, "Kid you're getting more out of me, than anyone has in a lifetime." See more »

Quotes

Ken Harrison: [shouting] You're still have nice breasts!
Dr. Clare Scott: [embarrassed as everybody laughs of Ken's remark] Thank you!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in After Lately: Who's Vagina Is It, Anyway?! (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Punkette Nights
Words and Music by Michael Starobin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Brilliant Movie
26 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

I am a great fan of Richard Dreyfuss. This, by far, is his best role. I am in healthcare and this movie handles the issue of dying with dignity and quality of life with brilliance. I really wish everyone would watch this great movie.


8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why Hasn't This Incredible Film Been Released On DVD? amovielover
The character of Ken/Claire YDAGirl91
has ne 1 read the book? Gothette666
John in the film akite1-1
Please help, can't find the movie anywhere and I need answers by 5.2.06 cggirl5
Discuss Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?