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Gray's Anatomy -- One of the great raconteurs of stage and screen, Spalding Gray, came together with one of cinema’s boldest image-makers, Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh, for Gray’s Anatomy, a spellbinding adaptation of Gray’s 1993 monologue of the same name.


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Release Date:
19 March 1997 (USA) See more »
After doctors inform him that an eye affliction will require risky surgery, monologist Spadling Gray recounts his various pursuits for alternative medicine to avoid the doctor's scalpel. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Spalding Gray ... Himself
Mike McLaughlin ... Himself
Melissa Robertson ... Herself
Alvin Henry ... Himself
Alyne Hargroder ... Herself
Buddy Carr ... Himself
Gerry Urso ... Herself
Chris Simms ... Himself
Tommy Staub ... Himself
Kirk A. Patrick Jr. ... Himself

Directed by
Steven Soderbergh 
Writing credits
Spalding Gray (monologue) &
Renée Shafransky (monologue)

Spalding Gray 

Produced by
John Hardy .... producer
Caroline Kaplan .... executive producer
Kathleen Russo .... executive producer
Jonathan Sehring .... executive producer
Original Music by
Cliff Martinez 
Cinematography by
Elliot Davis 
Film Editing by
Susan Littenberg 
Production Design by
Adele Plauche 
Set Decoration by
Cynthia Wigginton 
Makeup Department
Charley Soderbergh .... hair stylist
Charley Soderbergh .... makeup artist
Art Department
Huey Mitchell .... carpenter
John Patterson .... construction coordinator
Larry Spurlock .... carpenter
Sound Department
Larry Blake .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Ledford .... sound editor
Mark A. Mangini .... sound editor
Keenan Wyatt .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Brignac .... first assistant camera
Buddy Carr .... second assistant camera
Gilly Charbonnet .... grip
David Jensen .... electrician
Calvin Maehl .... gaffer
Richard Mall .... key grip
Chris Robertson .... electrician
Val Zimmer .... grip
Casting Department
David Jensen .... interview casting
Other crew
Howard Behar .... legal services
Robert Butler .... stand-in
Billy Collins Jr. .... accountant
Michael Charles Hill .... distribution and marketing coordinator
Lori Jefferson .... production assistant
Debbie Kennedy .... legal services
Clint Maedgen .... stand-in
Tara Martin .... production coordinator
Tom Mustafo .... production assistant
Adam Rosen .... legal services
Renée Shafransky .... director: original production
Les Bratton .... special thanks
Francis Cagle .... special thanks
Sonny Cranch .... special thanks
Angela Ferrara .... special thanks
Ed Gerkey .... special thanks
John Krasno .... special thanks
Mark Shivas .... special thanks
Leo Walsh .... special thanks

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80 min
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The Broadway performance of "Gray's Anatomy" by Spalding Gray opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on November 28, 1993, ran for 13 performances and closed on January 3, 1994. A repeat performance reopened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on June 5, 1994, ran for 8 performances and closed on June 27, 1994.See more »
Female Interviewee:I think I've been disfigured; or at least blinded.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Conan: Me. Coli (#1.109)" (2011)See more »


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A one-man bundle of neuroses, 21 November 2000
Author: Vance-11 from New York

But that's why some people love Spalding Gray. And although I do not fall into that category, per se, I was very entertained by this 80-minute monologue -- told in ranting New Yorker mannerisms that are nonetheless fairly endearing -- about what Gray should do about his macular pucker.

The macular pucker, we learn in great detail, is an eye condition that must ultimately be "scraped" in order to restore normal vision. Gray, a born Christian Scientist and an enduring doctor-phobe, walks around New York City, tearing his hair out while choosing among the opinions of an array of quacks who weigh in on the issue. (Or, at least, he describes himself doing this -- the whole film is a series of closeups of Gray in a studio, with various visual stimuli applied to him, through the wonderful direction of the visionary Steven Soderbergh). Through the course of the narrative he describes near-slapstick visits to a Native American sweat lodge, a Phillipino doctor who is the Elvis of healers, a quirky New Jersey "dietary opthalmologist" and several others. It's all told with great storytelling verve, and occasional moments of poignancy.

The film also consists of a series of short documentary interviews with about 8 survivors of eye trauma, who each nearly lost (or in some cases did) vision in stomach-churning ways. Their occasional thoughts on the healing process are very fascinating.

Because of its odd structural format, the one-man narrative film threatens to fall by the wayside. Not that it has ever been a particularly popular form, but its appeal is perhaps dwindling further as our attention spans, and ability to sit through prolonged stories, deteriorate. However, Gray, with a boost from Soderbergh, gives the genre a good name -- and hope

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