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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 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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Crime | Thriller | Drama

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

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Also Known As:

Playing Hero  »

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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 »

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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

Raymond: You've got to EMBRACE your criminal self!
Claire: Maybe he doesn't have a criminal self.
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16 May 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Smart, funny script with interesting original premise of the doctor forced to work for criminals. The movie wanders, though, as there's no real central plotline. Great dialogue, but maybe the subsidiary characters are more interesting than the main characters. Script is dramatic/comedic; movie is played down, but the choice to do so seems to have robbed the movie of much-needed juice. The stakes don't seem to be too high for any character. Direction is competent, but doesn't match the script. Hutton is scary, but doesn't have much to do except act scary. Duchovny is fine, but I think he was cast mostly for his X-Files fame at the time. He's not exactly the most charismatic lead actor.


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