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19 March 1997 (USA) See more »
After doctors inform him that an eye affliction will require risky surgery, monologist Spalding Gray recounts his various pursuits for alternative medicine to avoid the doctor's scalpel. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

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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Did You Know?

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 »
Spalding Gray:Doubt is my bottom line. The only thing I don't doubt is my own doubt.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in And Everything Is Going Fine (2010)See more »


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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
As good a way to remember him as any, 10 April 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

When Spalding Gray is diagnosed as having an eye condition, he goes to a doctor to discuss a course of action. When the issue of surgery comes up it launches Gray on a journey to get a cure that sees him reconnecting with his Christian Scientology roots before other treatments including a physic surgeon, cutting out some foods and a Native American sweat lodge.

Spalding Gray's monologues are very much a matter of taste -many audiences do not like spoken word shows or films and even those that do may not like Gray. I am of the mind that any story teller than can hold my interest for 80 minutes is worth listening to. As an ex-cleaner I have listened to many of my older colleagues talk ad infinitium about their medical problems but none did so with the wit and invention of Gray. He tells a simple story of alternative treatments and such but every little detail is painted with great words. He also manages to inject wit into it - the funniest moment being where he is told that he cannot eat fish (cause they eat certain sea cucumbers in the wild that have chemicals) and he cannot eat chicken because they feed fish to chicken; he finds a farmer's market selling fish bred in captivity (hence, he reckons, unlikely to have eat the sea cucumbers), buys it but then is told that they feed the fish ground up chicken!.

Gray is captivating. At times he is a bit too hyper and his mannerisms are a little irritating in a spoilt Western-hypochondriac type of way, but this is just my prejudice getting in the way. He is a very good story teller and he makes for a good focus. The talking heads add value but really were unnecessary to carry the film. As director, Soderbergh finds himself with a difficult task: does he just point the camera and let the words do the work or does he try to mix it up? He goes for adding to the words and, in some cases he does (The Elvis of surgeons for example) but too often he just blurs the camera behind colours and rippled images. It still works but the words don't need help and often Soderbergh's influence is unnecessary even if it isn't unwelcome.

Overall this is an enjoyable story that is very well told with words that do not only inform but paint and expand on the basic tales. Soderbergh feels that he must do something to justify the difference between film and stage and some of his influence works - but happily even when it doesn't it can be ignored. One of the more accessible and enjoyable of Gray's monologues, this film is a perfect way to reflect upon the man in the shadow of his untimely death.

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