A man plans a perfect murder to get a lung transplant for his dying wife.

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Chrystie Devoe
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Gale Pullman
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Dr. Stevens
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Edie Weinreb
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Gale's Mother
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Chrystie Devoe is sick, she has cystic fibrosis, and she also has a rare blood type. Her husband, schoolteacher Martin is looking for candidates with her blood type that can possibly help her, and among them is attractive Gale Pullman. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for sexuality, language and some violence | See all certifications »
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7 November 1997 (USA)  »

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Luke Perry Catches Your Breath
5 April 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Manhattan psychics teacher Luke Perry (as Martin "Marty" Devoe) becomes increasing frustrated with efforts to find an organ donor for pretty full-lipped Francie Swift (as Chrystie). His wife is dying from Cystic Fibrosis and needs a lung transplant desperately. Donors are rare in her AB blood type, so Mr. Perry decides to take matters into his own hands. He considers "buying" an organ on the black market, but the Chinese aren't offering lungs to Americans. Volunteering to solicit blood donations leads Perry to sexy AB type Gia Carides (as Gale Pullman); but, how far will they go to secure "Lifebreath" for Ms. Swift?

This is an unexpectedly taut thriller from new director P.J. Posner, who keeps it intriguing throughout. The cast is excellent, with Perry particularly impressive in the lead. His loving, conflicted husband is able to carry the film, grabbing your interest while walking a moral tightrope. Around this time, Perry temporarily left his "90210" TV address to try big screen movie stardom; it didn't happen, but "Lifebreath" showed his potential. Swift's sickly wife is more subtly impressive, as you'll discern by watching expressions and considering her motives carefully. The ending disappoints, but Jeremy Davenport's jazzy tune helps.

******* Lifebreath (11/7/97) P.J. Posner ~ Luke Perry, Francie Swift, Gia Carides, Gary Basaraba


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