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Medicine Man (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Romance  |  7 February 1992 (USA)
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An eccentric scientist working for a large drug company is working on a research project in the Amazon jungle. He sends for a research assistant and a gas chromatograph because he's close ... See full summary »



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Medicine Man
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An eccentric scientist working for a large drug company is working on a research project in the Amazon jungle. He sends for a research assistant and a gas chromatograph because he's close to a cure for cancer. When the assistant turns out to be a "mere woman," he rejects her help. Meanwhile the bulldozers get closer to the area in which they are conducting research, and they eventually learn to work together, and begin falling in love. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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He turned his back on civilization. Only to discover he had the power to save it. See more »


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Release Date:

7 February 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Stand  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)


$45,500,797 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Sean Connery's salary for this film was $10 million. See more »


When Sean Connery is entering a hut when it is raining (Timestamp 19:41), you can see the special effects hose spraying the water on the left hand side of the screen. See more »


Dr. Robert Campbell: Not get my head knocked off in the process.
[Campbell and the Medicine Man are in a battle of wills and walking sticks, while Campbell asks more specifics about the makeup of the serum to cure cancer]
Medicine Man: [shouting at Campbell, and banging his walking stick on the ground]
Tanaki: [translating for Rae] He say, he born of a monkey...
Dr. Robert Campbell: [speaks in the native tongue]
Tanaki: [translates for Rae] Father, you talk gods, know all things...
Dr. Rae Crane: Yeah, nice kiss.
Medicine Man: [shouting at Campbell in native tongue]
Medicine Man: [translating to Rae] He say, he ...
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Everything - suspense, romance, humor, a film for adults and kids with adults, which emphasizes very real current issues.
13 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the best films I have ever seen. The chemistry between Sean Connery and Lorraine Bracco was unbelievable, especially considering their differing temperaments, moral attitudes and the fact that this wasn't a 007 flick - the sexuality was compellingly subtle and much more subdued sophisticated, even considering the primitive setting. This is family friendly, in fact I would strongly recommend this to very effectively get some of today's most important ethical questions and serious potential worldwide implications and consequences across to the kids, but along with adult supervision and interaction. I found this suspenseful, romantic, informative, funny, sad and very disturbing. With all that, it still presented the very real and urgent current issues that left me strongly drawn to pack my bags and act on them myself. 10 out of 10.

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