Gross Anatomy (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  20 October 1989 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Slovak
Laurie Rorbach
Dr. Rachel Woodruff
David Schreiner
John Scott Clough ...
Miles Reed
Kim McCauley
Dr. Banks
Dr. Banumbra
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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 <>

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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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Release Date:

20 October 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Cut Above  »

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$11,604,598 (USA)

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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 »


The buccinator muscle is primarily a muscle of facial expression, although it is also an assistant muscle of mastication. See more »


Kim McCauley: [Kim is going into labor in a roadside cafe] Guys, I'm gonna have this baby now!
Joe Slovak: Miles, give me your shirt!
Miles Reed: What? This is silk!
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I'll Be There
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Teacher Assistant
6 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am the guy(the teacher assistant) pointing at the diagram on the chalkboard(for about 3 seconds) in the movie.(no kidding)

The movie itself is largely entertaining, though predictable. It is obvious the guy will get the girl in the end, though what he has to go through to get her makes it interesting.

If I were interested in going to medical school, seeing this movie might make me think twice about it.Still, it illustrates the same tired theme of many other movies. This being, "You gotta really want it, more than anything else, if you're gonna get through it successfully."

Daphne Zuniga is enchanting in her role and Matthew Modine is annoying in his. I almost hoped he wouldn't end up with her. It reminded me a bit of his role in "Full Metal Jacket." Maybe they should have called him "Joker" in this movie,too.

Overall,a pleasant, if inconsequential, movie.

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