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Thriller about Guy Luthan (Hugh Grant), a British doctor working at a hospital in New York who starts making unwanted enquiries when the body of a man who died in his emergency room ... See full summary »

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Thriller about Guy Luthan (Hugh Grant), a British doctor working at a hospital in New York who starts making unwanted enquiries when the body of a man who died in his emergency room disappears. The trail leads Luthan to the door of the eminent surgeon Dr Lawrence Myrick (Gene Hackman), but Luthan soon finds himself under in danger from people who want the hospital's secret to remain undiscovered. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Not all surgery is intended to cure. Don't move a muscle.


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Rated R for violence, language, some nudity and graphic ER activity | See all certifications »

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27 September 1996 (USA)  »

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ITL 1,408,410,000 (Italy) (27 December 1996)

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ITL 2,583,776,000 (Italy) (3 January 1997)
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In the movie, security for the illegal medical experiments is provided by two supposed police officers named Hare and Burke. In reality, William Hare and William Burke were two men in the business of supplying human cadavers to medical schools in 1820s Edinburgh - until it was learned that the ones they hadn't stolen from graveyards, they had murdered themselves. See more »

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Arriving in The Room Dr. Luthan's lips clearly moves, but the words "...if someone's there listening" can be heard seconds later. See more »

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Dr. Lawrence Myrick: People die everyday. And for what? For nothing. What do we do? What do *you* do? You take care of the ones you think you can save. Good doctors do the correct thing. Great doctors have the guts to do the right thing. Your father had those guts.
Dr. Guy Luthan: Those men upstairs, maybe there isn't much point to their lives. Maybe they are doing a great thing for the world. Maybe they are heroes. But they didn't choose to be. You chose for them. And you can't do that, because you're a doctor, and you took an ...
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Referenced in The Nanny: The Rosie Show (1996) See more »

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Differing points of view on the Hippocratic oath
23 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

"If you could cure cancer.... Wouldn't you HAVE to do that?"

Yep, it's the what's between them two phrases. Killing people. I know a lot of paralyzed people, and can sympathize with Hackman's cause, but Grant's character is right in his stance of taking the Doctor's Oath.

But it's an entertaining movie anyhow. I really love Gene Hackman, he don't make too many bad movies.


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