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Vital Signs (1990)

R | | Drama | 13 April 1990 (USA)
This movie follows the lives of medical students who are in their third year, which is the time that they have to decide what they intend to specialize in. At the center is Michael Chatham ... See full summary »

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Michael Chatham
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Gina Wyler
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Kenny Rose
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Lauren Rose
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Suzanne Maloney
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Bobby Hayes
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Dr. Donald Ballentine
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Bobby
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Dr. Chatham
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Henrietta Walker
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Dr. David Redding
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Gant
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Dean of Students
Leigh C. Kim ...
Dr. Chen
Enid Kent ...
Vivian
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This movie follows the lives of medical students who are in their third year, which is the time that they have to decide what they intend to specialize in. At the center is Michael Chatham son of a respected surgeon, who's trying to be his own man. He has to deal with another third student, Kenny Rose who like Michael wants to be surgeon and the surgical internship at their school. Kenny is also having problems with his marriage because the long hours he puts in his studies. Michael is also butting heads with another doctor, Ballentine over personal and professional issues. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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13 April 1990 (USA)  »

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$1,224,605 (USA)
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Trivia

Bradley Whitford and Jimmy Smits would later go on to star in The West Wing together. See more »

Quotes

Dr. David Redding: Third year is like being a rookie pitcher called on to pitch the seventh game of the World Series... blindfolded.
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Walk the Dinosaur
Written by David Was, Don Was, Randy Jacobs
Performed by Was Not Was
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records Inc. / Phonogram Limited
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An 80s drama? A really bad dream? Punishment for a crime? No it's Vital Signs!
16 April 2005 | by (Springfield, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I can just picture Larry Ketron sitting in a producers office pitching this film. "We'll use a bad 80s medical drama as our base line.We'll get a director with no experience and no talent, a cast that could have been rejected from "The Hightes" and stick Jimmy Smits right in the middle of it just for fun." Vital Signs makes scrubs look serious by comparison. The pacing of this film is so slow that at times it feels longer than all the Lord of the Rings movies put together. I have seen Italian operas that felt shorter then this movie. It's partially the director, Marisa Silver's fault. Hey Marisa, can you say An Alan Smithee film? The film looked like it was cut with a chain saw, and it was incredibly disjointed. I don't know if the writer of this movie was UN-knowledgeable or just didn't care about facts, but the factual errors in this movie would have ruined it had it been filled with the greatest actors on earth. The movie is about 3rd year med students, but they are doing things that only residents and attendings can do. Pluse why is everyone referring to these students as "Doctor"? They aren't doctors! Far worse however is the acting. This cast has shown up to do one thing, and that is collect their pay checks. When Jimmy Smits is the most talented man on the team, you know you are in trouble. Diane Lane is good to look at, but that's about the best I can say for anyone in the movie. Even her one love scene, though hot, comes at the wrong time in the film, thanks again to our friend the editor. I bet this is the film on which William Devane finally realized his career was over. I rented this movie for .25 cents from the video store down the street, and I am thinking of asking for my money back.


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