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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

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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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Interviewing Professor
John Petlock ...
Interviewing Professor
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Interviewing Professor
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Kay E. Kuter ...
Lecturing Professor
Michael Flanagan ...
Lecturing Professor
Don Perry ...
Lecturing Professor
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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 »

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Joe Slovak's shirttails unroll during the final scene. See more »

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Dr. Rachel Woodruff: And now, now I just wonder about some of these brilliant doctors of mine, you know, with their minds for medicine and their hearts for, what, real estate. You know, I wonder what they'd say to some lonely terrified patient, who grabs their hand and says, "Can you explain this to me? Can you help me accept this? Can you at least sit with me so I don't feel so alone?" Well, I bet they don't say anything because I didn't teach them to.
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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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