A poor young woman in 1930's Australia falls in love with a dashing but arrogant teacher who preaches free love and watered down socialist precepts. She follows him to England, meeting a ... See full summary »
The marriage of a young and successful couple is jeopardized when he becomes heavily addicted to cocaine. Her inability to help him and his inability to stop are leading them both into a downward spiral.
Thomas J. Wright
Pamela Sue Martin,
Young wife is told she has inoperable cancer. Her husband is in denial, her family devastated, but she refuses to give up and desperately searches for alternative means of healing. Based on true events.
For those of you who have are unfamiliar with the works of Arthur Hailey, he writes massive tomes about various industries, as seen from both the very bottom (for example, assembly line worker living below the poverty line) and very top (a lot of time spent in the boardroom). Well known titles in this regard include "Wheels" (the car industry); "Airport" (as the name suggests); "Overload" (the power industry); "The Money Changers" (highest finance); and this one: the drug (err, LEGAL pharmaceuticals, that is!) industry.
The plot is very simple. It follows the life of a young woman, who starts as a lowly salesman (when drug salesmen really were very low!). Through a series of perhaps reasonably plausible adventures, she ultimately becomes..... well, that would spoil the story, but if you've survived this far it won't come as a surprise that she moves very high up indeed.
A few of Arthur Hailey's works have become movies; in fact "Airport" started a whole genre. What makes "Strong Medicine" quite unique is that (a) it follows the book reasonably closely; and (b) it is the only movie-from-a-book that is actually _better_ than the book; and the book is indeed very very good.
Patrick Duffy surprised me. I'd only ever seen him before as Bobby Ewing from "Dallas"; in this movie his performance was vastly better.
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