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Gross Anatomy -- A brilliant first-year med student meets his match with a demanding professor. Meanwhile, he falls for his no-nonsense lab partner who doesn't have time for romance.
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Writers (WGA):
Mark Spragg (story) and
Howard Rosenman (story) ...
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Release Date:
20 October 1989 (USA) See more »
No one thought a rebel like Joe Slovak would make it through Medical School. But they didn't know Joe. See more »
A smart first-year med student takes nothing seriously, except the pursuit of his Gross Anatomy (human dissection) lab partner... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Matthew Modine ... Joe Slovak

Daphne Zuniga ... Laurie Rorbach

Christine Lahti ... Dr. Rachel Woodruff

Todd Field ... David Schreiner
John Scott Clough ... Miles Reed

Alice Carter ... Kim McCauley

Robert Desiderio ... Dr. Banks

Zakes Mokae ... Dr. Banumbra

Clyde Kusatsu ... Interviewing Professor
John Petlock ... Interviewing Professor

J. Patrick McNamara ... Interviewing Professor

Jan Munroe ... Interviewing Professor

Kay E. Kuter ... Lecturing Professor
Michael Flanagan ... Lecturing Professor
Don Perry ... Lecturing Professor
J.C. Quinn ... Papa Slovak

Rutanya Alda ... Mama Slovak
Brandis Kemp ... Aunt Rose
Ryan Cash ... Frankie Slovak

Angus MacInnes ... Dean Torrence

Lisa Zane ... Luann
Alison Taylor ... Cynthia Wilkes

Michael Stoyanov ... Joel Cleaver

Max Perlich ... Ethan Cleaver

Bruce Beatty ... Kelly
John Short ... Resident

Steven Culp ... Jerry Fanning Forrester
Scott Allan Campbell ... Ed McCauley
Elizabeth Gilliam ... Nina McCauley

Gordon Clapp ... Doctor
Jack Murdock ... Old Man Patient

Kimberly Scott ... Nurse Louise

Diane Robin ... Waitress
Rick Goldman ... Truck Driver
Tom Kurlander ... Student
Susanne Goldstein ... Student
Beth Hogan ... Marie
O. LaRon Clark ... Food Server
Russell Bobbitt ... Gunshot Victim

Frank Torres ... Gang Member

Bill E. Rogers ... Cop
Frank Foti Jr. ... Cop
Pola Del Mar ... Gang Member's Mother
Jesse Anthony Gonzalez ... Gang Member's Father
Arlin Miller ... (voice)

Greg Finley ... (voice)
Paige Pollack ... (voice)

Cathy Cavadini ... (voice)
Steve Alterman ... (voice)
David Randolph ... (voice)

David Coburn ... (voice)
Vernon Scott ... (voice)
Susan Napoli ... (voice) (as Stephanie Ryan)

Richard Penn ... (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Charles Fleischer
Tracee Cocco ... Med Student (uncredited)
Walter Kim ... Medical Student (uncredited)
Dana Vitatoe ... Medical Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Thom Eberhardt 
Writing credits
Mark Spragg (story) and
Howard Rosenman (story) &
Alan Jay Glueckman (story) &
Stanley Isaacs (story)

Ron Nyswaner (screenplay) and
Mark Spragg (screenplay)

Produced by
Carol Baum .... executive producer
Sandy Gallin .... executive producer
Debra Hill .... producer
Howard Rosenman .... producer
Original Music by
David Newman 
Cinematography by
Steve Yaconelli 
Film Editing by
Bud S. Smith 
M. Scott Smith 
Casting by
Judith Weiner 
Production Design by
William F. Matthews 
Art Direction by
P. Michael Johnston 
Set Decoration by
Catherine Mann 
Costume Design by
Gale Parker 
Makeup Department
Edouard F. Henriques .... makeup artist (as Edouard F. Henriques III)
Scott Oshita .... special makeup effects artist
Elaina P. Schulman .... chief hair stylist
Yolanda Toussieng .... dept. head hair stylist
Brian Wade .... special effects makeup artist: cadavors
Production Management
Michael Fottrell .... unit production manager (as Morgan Michael Fottrell)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Coad .... second assistant director
Bruce Humphrey .... first assistant director
Art Department
Russell Bobbitt .... assistant property master
Roger Del Negro .... property master
Ildefonso Goris .... greensman
Keith A. Kropf .... head painter
Lauren E. Polizzi .... set designer (as Lauren Polizzi)
Claude F. Powell .... construction coordinator (as Claude Powell)
Mark Powell .... construction foreman
Jerry Wax .... lead man
Sound Department
Ken Beauchene .... boom operator
William C. Carruth .... adr editor (as William Carruth)
Craig Clark .... supervising sound editor
Mike Dobie .... supervising sound editor
David J. Hudson .... sound re-recording mixer
David Kern .... sound editor
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording mixer
Colin C. Mouat .... sound editor (as Colin Mouat)
Jack M. Nietzsche Jr. .... sound effects assistant (as Jack Nietzsche)
Terry Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
Jill Smith .... sound effects assistant (as Jill C. Smith)
Ralph Stuart .... sound effects assistant
James M. Tanenbaum .... sound mixer (as Jim Tanenbaum)
Special Effects by
Calvin Joe Acord .... special effects coordinator
Nick Benson .... special effects
Charles Solomon Jr. .... Matthew Modine
Frank Torres .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard J. Cartwright .... still photographer (as Richard Cartwright)
Jay Davis .... grip
Scott Fieldsteel .... best boy electric
Frank Keever .... key grip
William Kenney .... dolly grip (as William G. Kenney)
David Love .... lighting technician
Ross A. Maehl .... gaffer (as Ross Maehl)
Russell McElhatton .... first assistant camera
Edward Morey III .... camera operator (as Ed Morey III)
Joe A. Ponticelle .... second assistant camera (as Joseph Ponticelle)
Phil Walker .... best boy electric (as Philip Walker)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Lovaas .... costume supervisor
Kenn Smiley .... costumer
Editorial Department
Richard Alderete .... first assistant editor
Gillian L. Hutshing .... assistant editor (as Gillian Hutshing)
Craig Kitson .... assistant editor
Michael Mulconery .... second assistant editor
Robert Raring .... color timer (as Bob Raring)
Location Management
William Bowling .... location manager
Seth Cirker .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... music scoring mixer
Virginia Cook-McGowan .... music editor
Todd Field .... performer: "David's Theme"
Craig Pettigrew .... music editor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Tom Villano .... music editor
Transportation Department
Tom Briggs .... transportation captain
Timothy P. Ryan .... transportation
Tom F. Thomas .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Alex Cohen .... production assistant
Pam Cornfeld-Walker .... production coordinator (as Pam Cornfeld)
Susanne Goldstein .... assistant Mr. Eberhardt
Camille Griffin .... first assistant accountant
Lin Hempling .... assistant: Mr. Rosenman
Beth Klein .... production assistant
Linda Klein .... medical technical advisor
Virginia Lalata .... stand-in for Alice Carter
Rob Meisenholder .... assistant accountant
Lloyd Nelson .... script supervisor
Stan Rodarte .... stand-in for Todd Field
Susan Halli Shaffer .... unit publicist
Sharon L. Simon .... production accountant (as Sharon Simon)
Leslie Sungail .... assistant production coordinator
Leslie Sungail .... production assistant
Yvette Taylor .... assistant: Ms. Hill
Donn Warr Lewis .... intern
Wendy Kram .... development executive (uncredited)
Stan Rodarte .... stand-in: Todd Field (uncredited)

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Canada:109 min | USA:109 min
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: After being grilled by Dr. Woodruff, Joe Slovak closes the cadaver's chest cavity twice.See more »
David Schreiner:You know, when I filled out my housing application, I asked for a roommate who was quiet, serious, and neat. How did you describe yourself?
Joe Slovak:I lied.
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medical school drama, 1 February 2016
Author: SnoopyStyle

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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