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Terminal Choice (1985)

A patient in an hospital dies under mysterious circumstances. The attending doctor Fank Holt gets under suspect - he'd been fired already from his last position due to mispractice. For his ... See full summary »

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Dr. Frank Holt
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Anna Lang
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Dr. Giles Dodson
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Dr. Harvey Rimmer
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Chauncy Rand
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Henderson
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Mary O'Connor
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Mrs. Dodson
Clare Coulter ...
Nurse Barton
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Dr. Kline
Martha Gibson ...
Kingsley's Daughter
Chas Lawther ...
Kingsley's Son-in-law
Les Rubie ...
Miles Kingsley
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Lylah Crane
Tom Harvey ...
Dr. Warren
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A patient in an hospital dies under mysterious circumstances. The attending doctor Fank Holt gets under suspect - he'd been fired already from his last position due to mispractice. For his defence he investigates with help of doctor Anna Lang. Soon they find out that half of their colleagues were betting on the patient's diagnosises - was someone trying to increase his chances? But when Frank's friend, dissector Mary Connor, becomes deadly sick, he suspects there's even more to it. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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At Dodson Clinic, there's a chance you may not recover. The doctors are betting on it. See more »

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No One Is Talking
Music by Ricky Magder
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Bet on death
5 February 2012 | by (Cleburne, TX) – See all my reviews

All is not right in a hospital that uses a hi-tech computer system to control everything from IV drips to defibrillators. Not only are some of the staff placing bets on patient recovery time, but someone is also using the computer's abilities for a more sinister agenda.

This unknown Canadian film is slow-moving and doesn't have many likable characters, but I was still rather drawn into the proceedings. The futuristic hospital system makes for a unique plot device, and it's interesting to see how it'll be used next. There are some nasty bits here as helpless patients meet mean-spirited ends. The death of one of the only characters that I did like made for a very suspenseful sequence. There's also a nice scene with repeated attempts on the lead's life as he's stuck in a hospital bed with a broken foot. Said lead is Joe Spano as Dr. Frank Holt, who finds that the culprit is making it so that all the murders look like mistakes he made with his patients.

A dull subplot involves Holt and his ex-fiancée rekindling their romance. Despite the flaws, I'd say it's worth a look, especially if you're into medical horror. The stunning Ellen Barkin has an early role as the hospital's medical examiner.


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