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Why Me? (1984)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 12 March 1984
An Air Force nurse about to leave the service is badly disfigured about her face in a car accident in which she also loses her baby. Her husband cannot deal with her disfigurement and she ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leola Mae Harmon
Dr. James Stallings
Brian Harmon
Michael Sacks ...
Dr. Harry Jarrick
Richard Backus ...
Civilian Doctor
William Frankfather ...
Dental Corps Doctor
Chief of Surgery
Lenka Peterson ...
Leola Mae's Mother
Milton Selzer ...
Harley Scott ...
Gary Bisig
Walker Edmiston


An Air Force nurse about to leave the service is badly disfigured about her face in a car accident in which she also loses her baby. Her husband cannot deal with her disfigurement and she goes through a depression wondering why she was kept alive. The drunk driver who ploughed into her car is let off with a very lenient punishment, too. A doctor at the hospital sees potential in reconstructing this nurse's face. This doctor extends her enlistment so this nurse will be eligible for medical treatment covered by the armed forces over the entire course of the reconstructive surgeries. In the course of the reconstruction, the doctor and the nurse must overcome several obstacles. These range from the personal, where the nurse wonders if the doctor is only doing this for his own fame, to the bureaucracy, which has problems with the use of labial tissue from the vaginal area to reconstruct the nurse's lips. All through her treatment the nurse continues her duties at the hospital when she is ... Written by Gwynne M. Osaki <gmosaki@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

12 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'opération de la dernière chance  »

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Did You Know?


Dr. James O. Stallings III died in September 1991 (suicide) after struggling with Epstein-Barr virus (diagnosed 1987). See more »


The movie opened stating that it was the fall of 1968 and in the newscast on the radio it spoke of President Nixon. President Nixon started his term on January 20 1969. President Johnson was president in the fall of 1968. See more »


On Screen Text: [last lines, the text that appears on screen] One year and 40 operations later, Leola May and Dr. James Stallings moved to New York City where Leola worked as Dr. Stallings' surgical nurse. Her appearance was a testament to other severely injured patients. Leola May and Dr. James Stallings married and continued to work together as a team.
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This TV movie---a MUST SEE
20 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I actually cried through much of the climactic drama of this movie.

Funny thing is, I looked EVERYWHERE for this title and always came up with dead ends, probably because I thought it was a mid-90's TV film, and it's actually from 1984. No wonder.

Anyway... Armande Assante --and granted he's a truly talented, very sexy multi-level actor-- TRULY deserves the most high appraisal for his tasty performance as the chief surgeon. He absolutely made my mouth water (for lack of a better word) here. And Glynnis O'Connor is magnificent in the portrayal of Leola May Harmon. This is another TRUE STORY movie that really reaches to the guts of television drama.

When I first caught this on TV back in the mid-90's, I assumed it was a recent film. I did not realize it was actually an 80's TV movie--not that that's any relevance here. And for some odd reason I thought the title role of Leola May was portrayed brilliantly by actress Amy Madigan. Oops.

LIke I said....I saw this film only once, 12 years ago (1994). But...oh the irony....the drama stuck with me ever since. And when I finally got around years later now, looking up Assante's name on the Internet----what a surprising gas to find THIS MOVIE title listed under his name! Whooo----I was excited! I hope this film will be released on DVD someday. It is DEFINITELY WELL WORTH the cost.

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