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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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Leola Mae Harmon
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Dr. James Stallings
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Brian Harmon
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Daria
Michael Sacks ...
Dr. Harry Jarrick
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Markus
Richard Backus ...
Civilian Doctor
William Frankfather ...
Dental Corps Doctor
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Lenka Peterson ...
Leola Mae's Mother
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Harley Scott ...
Michael
Gary Bisig
Walker Edmiston
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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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The night Dr. Stallings committed suicide this movie aired on cable television. See more »

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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 »

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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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29 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie when I was in college and I still think about it over 23 years later. I have been trying for years to find the movie on video or DVD when a colleague of mine at work told me about your website. Needless to say, I was thrilled to find your review. This story had it all. Drama, tragedy, suspense, romance and real life emotion. Just that someone could actually survive something like that and go through what she did in the aftermath. Then to have someone see so much potential in her and then fall in love. This was a true love story if there ever was one. Love of a doctor for a person who would be his future wife. Love for a patient who would marry the doctor who basically rebuilt her face. I was awe struck at how determined she was to live and fight for her life. I would love to see this movie be remade into a contemporary version since I have told so many friends about this story. I have only run across one friend who knew what I was talking about. I would really like to own a copy of the movie as it was. Any suggestions as how to get one? I have searched the Internet without success. If anyone knows what site to go on for a video or DVD, please let me know. Thanks


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