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Stripped of his medical license after performing an operation while high on amphetamines, famed LA surgeon Dr Eugene Sands abandons his former life only to find himself crossing paths with Raymond Blossom, an infamous counterfeiter. Employed as a "gun-shot doctor" when Raymond's associates cannot risk visiting a hospital, Eugene is lured deep into the criminal world and becomes entangled with his boss's girlfriend. Written by Anonymous

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It's about who you are. It's about life & death. It's about... See more »


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Rated R for strong graphic violence, gore, pervasive language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Playing Hero  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,937,374 (USA) (17 October 1997)


$4,052,347 (USA) (7 November 1997)

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David Duchovny plays a doctor asked by a criminal to help his friend. Duchovny says "He's dead." Pointing a gun at Duchovny, the criminal says, "Well, fix him!" Duchovny responds, "I'll see what I can do." Twenty years earlier, in A Bridge Too Far (1977), James Caan plays a soldier who takes a wounded comrade to a field doctor. After the doctor tells him his friend is dead, Caan points a gun at the doctor and insists that he look at his friend. The doctor replies, "I can give him a quick examination if you like." See more »


Photographs are being taken at a Lakers game with a digital camera to which the sound person has added the familiar sound of a motor drive. While a digital camera does not make the sound of a motor drive or winder when advancing to the next frame, most digital cameras include the sound effect as a feature. See more »


Raymond: what does it look like I'm doing? I'm fucking everybody!
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Not half bad
7 June 2000 | by (Hartford, CT) – See all my reviews

Okay, truthfully, I saw the previews for this movie and thought to myself, what are the producers thinking? Hutton, Jolie, and DUCHOVNY? How could the monotoned actor possibly compete with Jolie's natural power on the screen? But surprisingly, the two had the kind of chemistry that showed intense caring without a kiss. Even David's humor matched up to Jolie's spark and fire. As for Hutton, he played the psycho very well, contrasting with David's calm delivery of life threatening situations. Overall, I was very impressed with the writing and character development. I gave it 8 stars.

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