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Writers (WGA):
Mark Spragg (story) and
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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
Donna Cline .... illustrator
Donna Cline .... storyboard artist
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 .... re-recording mixer
David Kern .... sound editor
Mel Metcalfe .... re-recording mixer
Colin C. Mouat .... sound editor (as Colin Mouat)
Jack M. Nietzsche Jr. .... sound effects assistant (as Jack Nietzsche)
Terry Porter .... 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
Donna Cline .... technical advisor
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
Color (Technicolor)
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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 »
Factual errors: 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 »
Interviewer:Tell me. Joe or Joseph, why do you want to be a doctor?
Joe Slovak:That's easy. I want to help people.
Interviewer:Come one Joe, you can be honest with me. Why do you want to be a doctor?
Joe Slovak:Well, uh, I want to make lots of money.
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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Underrated character flick nobody ever talks about, 4 June 1999
Author: g-man-22 from L.A.

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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