Playing God (1997)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller, Drama  |  17 October 1997 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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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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Joining this deadly underworld was easy. But getting out...deadly! See more »


Crime | Thriller | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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1.85 : 1
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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 »


Dance music is mixed in too quietly during a club scene; you can clearly hear the actors' feet shuffling on the floor, yet they're all shouting at each other. See more »


Young Gangster: You gonna kill me?
Eugene: No, but I know where to shoot you so you'll be in diapers for the rest of your life!
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Written by Paul Godfrey, Ross Godfrey and Skye Edwards
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A pleasure to see a film so different from the rest.
28 April 2000 | by (Manhattan, NY) – See all my reviews

Perhaps one of the biggest shadows to ever get out of, TV. Upon hearing that an actor is moving from the small to the big screen, immediately the average fan judges said actor poorly, usually for the sole reason that they feel he is betraying his medium. David Duchovny was unfortunately, no exception.

His portrayal of Eugene, a doctor who loses his license for losing a patient while under the influence of a controlled substance is excellent. Drawn into a world that his education never prepared him for, he feels himself wanting to leave it on the surface, but intrigued by it in a way he'd rather not admit.

Timothy Hutton, continues to show us that his Oscar in 1980 is still very well deserved. As Raymond Blossom, the underworld czar with his fingers in just about everything from bootlegged CDs to murder, he befriends Eugene through a incident that is as well thought out as it is acted.

Angelina Jolie rounds out the cast as Raymond's girlfriend who has as her own agenda as much as Raymind and Eugene do.


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