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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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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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Interviewing Professor
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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 »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Doogie Howser, M.D.: Blood and Remembrance (1989) See more »

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I'll Be There
Written by Mickey Thomas, Craig Chaquico (as Craig Choquito) and Steve Diamond (as Steven Diamond)
Performed by Jefferson Starship
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Underrated character flick nobody ever talks about
4 June 1999 | by (L.A.) – See all my reviews

Not a great film, I suppose, but "Gross Anatomy" has enough that's entertaining, engaging and memorable about it to recommend the film to fans of character drama. "ER" and "Chicago Hope" may well have set the standard for medical dramas, but this look at some first-year med students and their quest to achieve the impossible (become a practicing surgeon or specialist) has long since been forgotten in the trash-bin of seemingly negatable Disney flicks. Released at the turn of the 80's, when Disney was rampantly putting out what seemed like a movie a week, it features a sterling performance by the eternally underrated Matthew Modine as Joe Slovak, an endlessly appealing character despite his tendency to annoy everyone else in the film. Slovak is a wonderful creation on the part of the writers, first seen in a highly memorable pre-credits sequence in which each of the post-grad medical schools asks him questions that eventually reveal the 'real Joe'. Or at least the Joe Slovak he wishes to project. Christine Lahti, who would of course go on to fame and acclaim in "Chicago Hope", practiced her medical chops here as a sickly professor bent on pressuring her students to achieve perfection, even if they themselves aren't often willing to reach for it. The rest of the cast (Daphne Zuniga and the always-great Todd Fields) have done work elsewhere that's gotten more attention, but it's doubtful they've ever been as effective as they are here. By no means is this a classic, but a sharply-observed film that despite a layer of Disney-esque schmaltz manages to touch, entertain and invigorate.


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