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Who Is Julia? (1986)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  26 October 1986 (USA)
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Two young womens lives are changed forever in one moment. A strikingly beautiful and wealthy woman is hit by a truck and is all smashed up and nearly killed. At nearly the same time, a very... See full summary »

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Mary Frances Bodine
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Don North
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Dr. David Matthews
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Jack Bodine
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Joseph Dineen
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Dr. Gordon
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Bob Greenmeyer
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Dean May
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Loni
Judith Ledford ...
Julia North
Ford Rainey ...
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Joel Colodner ...
Dr. Carlson
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Dr. Haverford
Clare Nono ...
Kathy
Patricia Smith ...
Marlene
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Two young womens lives are changed forever in one moment. A strikingly beautiful and wealthy woman is hit by a truck and is all smashed up and nearly killed. At nearly the same time, a very plain looking lower middle class woman simply faints and suffers brain death. The beautiful womans brain is fine, so, doctors merely transplant her brain into plain Jane. Problems ensue when plain Janes husband continues to believe she is still his wife. She has no memory of him, and goes to live with the beautiful womans husband. She doesn't mix well with her new socialite friends and family. Mirrors are emotional battlefields as well. Written by Merely

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Quem É Júlia?  »

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The EEG machine registers Julia bashing her head against the mirror even though there are no electrodes taped to her head by that point. See more »

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Don North: [Julia's flashback during surgery] You're such a good cuddler. The perfect fit.
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Body transplant, not brain transplant
11 March 2010 | by (Cyprus) – See all my reviews

A very good TV movie. I watched it as a kit and I didn't even remember that Mare Winninhgam was the protagonist.

I was really touched by the notion that what we are is not our appearance, but our character, memories and thoughts (our brain). People often refer to the operation that took place in this film as a "brain transplant". That is not correct. The doctors did a BODY transplant to Julia! Since the "plain Jane" character dies in the first minutes of the film and Julia's body is nearly destroyed, the doctors transfered the brain (i.e. Julia) to the healthy body of plain Jane. That is, they gave a new body to Julia, not a new brain to plain Jane.

The second meaning of the film is that appearance CAN affect character, and thus the person. After Julia wakes up in a new body, she sees people reacting differently to her and thus starts to change herself also.

So, the title "Who is Julia", emphasizes both the fact that Julia is "now" the plain looking woman instead of the attractive one, AND the fact that she is not actually the same character after the body transplant.

So, who is Julia? None actually.


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