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Playing God (1997)

When he loses his job, a famed surgeon abandons his former life and enters the criminal underworld as a gunshot doctor for criminals.

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

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17 October 1997 (USA)  »

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Playing Hero  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,937,374, 19 October 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,052,347, 9 November 1997
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Disney were planning on releasing the film in May 1997, but after some negative test screenings, they decided to quickly re-edit the film to make it better, and the picture missed it's release date. The film eventually premiered the following September. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

[At a Lakers game]
Claire: C'mon! Take it to the hole!
Raymond: Oh, baby! I love it when you talk dirty!
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If the Sea Was Whiskey
Written by Willie Dixon and Leonard Caston
Performed by Willie Dixon & The Big Three Trio
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Credible Performance
16 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

David Duchovny plays the lead role in this film.Now a lot of people upon finding that fact out wouldn't even bother watching it.Very unfair to say the least.David made his name on the x-files and is a decent actor. Dr Eugene Sands(Duchovny)is a drug addicted doctor struck off for malpractice.By sheer accident he becomes a private doctor for criminal millionaire Raymond Blossom.However the FBI take an interest in using Eugene to snare Blossom. Angelina Jolie is cast in the supporting role of clare-the gangsters moll.She puts in a solid performance. Timothy Hutton playing Blossom is superb and immersed himself deeply into his character. Duchovny himself isn't as bad as many people would think and in the end i would rate his performance his credible.His familiar monotonous tone and straight face is present but dosen't detract too much from the film


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