Drama about an overworked big-city hospital emergency room.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. John Novelli
Dehlia Johnson
Dr. Jeffrey Forrest
Dr. Ronald Frames
Raoul Hernandez
Christopher Birt ...
Dr. Victor Davidson
Sue Payton
Trevor Jacobs
Brent Avery
Rebecca Farinzi
Gerald Castillo ...
Ralph Ortiz
Malcolm Parker


Medical drama about a major hospital whose emergency room regularly faces an overload of patients. One of the doctors finds it necessary to adopt an unorthodox procedure to try to save a patient, and finds himself in trouble in consequence. Written by Anonymous

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12 February 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sala de urgencias  »

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Dehlia Johnson: What was that all about?
Dr. John Novelli: (lying) Nothing.
Dehlia Johnson: Uh-huh. That was a whole lot of nothing.
Dr. John Novelli: Sometimes I hate them. Just because they're here.
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Inner city medicine on the frontline - med students look away now
13 December 2002 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

A shocking film - though maybe less to non-US audiences - which tells it like it is. Ever wondered what it was like to be a patient, or a doctor, in an overworked, under-staffed, under-funded, under-pressure inner-city public hospital? Well, now you can find out. And it sure ain't ER. Everything about this made-for-TV film screams "authentic" - which probably explains why it has largely disappeared from TV screens and doesn't get the 8+ ratings from the IMDB audience. But it deserves much, much better. The brilliant Joe Mategna plays a zombied-out doctor whose obnoxious couldn't-give-a-shit-manner conceals a man who has reached the end of his tether but is still trying to do the right thing - even in the face of no resources, conniving ass-covering bureaucrats and general public indifference. The ending, and Mantegna's final speech, doesn't quite cut it... but why accentuate the negatives? The setting, ambience and the characters - especially Mantegna - are spot on, and will be instantly recognisable to anyone who has spent much time around a public hospital or the doctors that work there. Compulsory viewing for all medical students who want to know what it's REALLY going to be like. Of course, once they've seen it they may prefer to quit medical school and become lawyers...

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