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Gross Anatomy (1989)

 -  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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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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Kay E. Kuter ...
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Michael Flanagan ...
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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

When asked for the AV valves separating the atria and ventricles in the heart, Slovak starts with the Tricuspid valve and then abruptly gets "buzzed" incorrect. That is actually correct, and the Bicuspid (Mitral) valve being the other. See more »

Quotes

Laurie Rorbach: Are you following me?
Joe Slovak: Well, I have to you see. I've told everybody I know we're dating. So, you see I have to be seen with you outside of class or they'll think I'm lying.
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Referenced in Doogie Howser, M.D.: Blood and Remembrance (1989) See more »

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I'll Be There
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Dissection of The First Year of Medical School
14 May 2006 | by (The Society NY) – See all my reviews

This is a genteel romantic comedy about the first year of medical school from the perspective of Laurie Rorbach (Daphne Zuniga). There's no hold barred from day one onward: This is a total commitment.

Enter Joe Slovak (Matthew Modine. He's the wise guy from a lower class background but he's got a system for beating the odds and getting by with a minimum of effort. His natural intelligence pulls him through most test of wills, but that chip on the shoulder attitude leaves him with utter contempt for the concept that something greater than educating a medical mechanic is at work. A wise instructor Dr. Rachel Woodruff (Christine Lahti) is out to teach Slovak a powerful lesson.

The lab partner make up an excellent supporting cast. The washout student who is bright willing though unable, the Joe-College type who has pretensions and ambitions as thinly veiled as Slovak's sarcasm, and the female student whose husband wants to keep her barefoot and pregnant give a good cross-section of young adulthood which is of course still in a "becoming" stage.

I was surprised to see that this delightful film did not get higher ratings.


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