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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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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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
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Civilian Doctor
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Dental Corps Doctor
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Leola Mae's Mother
Milton Selzer ...
Colonel
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Harley Scott ...
Michael
Gary Bisig
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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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12 March 1984 (USA)  »

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L'opération de la dernière chance  »

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In reality, Leola Mae Harmon married her surgeon, Dr. James Stallings, and assists him in his plastic surgery practice. 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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One of the Best Movies I have ever seen
1 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I viewed this film on Lifetime TV in 1984 and was very moved by the content. It made me stop and think about my own strength and how I would handle this same situation. I don't understand why it has never been aired again since that time. I always watch lifetime with the hope of seeing this movie. If anyone every hears of it being aired again on lifetime or any other station, or it being available for purchase on DVD, PLEASE email me to let me know. I would love to have my teenage daughters see this movie. It is a real life lesson in what the meaning of TRUE LOVE means. It teaches you that beauty is only skin deep and that at any time our lives can change in a split second.


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