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Gross Anatomy (1989)

PG-13 | | Drama | 20 October 1989 (USA)
A smart first-year med student takes nothing seriously, except the pursuit of his Gross Anatomy (human dissection) lab partner. It's up to her and their teacher to find a way to convince ... See full summary »

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Joe Slovak
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Laurie Rorbach
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Dr. Rachel Woodruff
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David Schreiner
John Scott Clough ...
Miles Reed
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Kim McCauley
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Dr. Banks
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Dr. Banumbra
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John Petlock ...
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Michael Flanagan ...
Lecturing Professor
Don Perry ...
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A smart first-year med student takes nothing seriously, except the pursuit of his Gross Anatomy (human dissection) lab partner. It's up to her and their teacher to find a way to convince him to take his studies and life seriously. Written by Blue Dragon <movies@sharyl.mailstop.com>

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No one thought a rebel like Joe Slovak would make it through Medical School. But they didn't know Joe. See more »

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20 October 1989 (USA)  »

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A Cut Above  »

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$11,604,598 (USA)
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Trivia

J.C. Quinn, who plays Papa Slovak (Joe's Father), also starred with Matthew Modine in the movie "Vision Quest", as the cook (Elmo) in the Hotel where Louden (Modine) worked. See more »

Goofs

After being grilled by Dr. Woodruff, Joe Slovak closes the cadaver's chest cavity twice. See more »

Quotes

Interviewer: Tell me. Joe or Joseph, why do you want to be a doctor?
Joe Slovak: That's easy. I want to help people.
Interviewer: Come one Joe, you can be honest with me. Why do you want to be a doctor?
Joe Slovak: Well, uh, I want to make lots of money.
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Referenced in Doogie Howser, M.D.: Blood and Remembrance (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Flute Quartet, K298 Minuet
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
As arranged and performed by Charlotte Georg (as Lee Ashley)
Courtesy of Capitol Production Music/Ole Georg
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medical school drama
1 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

Joe Slovak (Matthew Modine) gets into Chandler University's College of Medicine. He's a smart irreverent student from a fishing community. His roommate David Schreiner (Todd Field) is neat and high-strung. His Gross Human Anatomy class is taught by Dr. Rachel Woodruff (Christine Lahti) who thinks he doesn't try hard enough. He changes group to be close to Laurie Rorbach (Daphne Zuniga). The group includes the self-important Miles Reed and Kim McCauley with a family.

This is 'The Paper Chase' of medical school. Everything in the story is telegraphed. The story is pretty well done. The acting is solid. There are some lighter rom-com moments but this is a generally serious drama. The major problem seems to be that there is an expectation of a wacky comedy with heart. There is no wacky comedy in this. There is a sprinkling of lighter moments in a pretty solid school drama.


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