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Playing God -- A surgeon gets mixed up with the mob with deadly results.


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Writer (WGA):
Mark Haskell Smith (written by)
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17 October 1997 (USA) See more »
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David Duchovny ... Dr. Eugene Sands

Timothy Hutton ... Raymond Blossom

Angelina Jolie Pitt ... Claire (as Angelina Jolie)

Michael Massee ... Gage

Peter Stormare ... Vladimir

Andrew Tiernan ... Cyril

Gary Dourdan ... Yates

John Hawkes ... Flick

Will Stewart ... Perry

Philip Moon ... Casey

Pasha D. Lychnikoff ... Andrei (as Pavel D. Lynchnikoff)

Tracey Walter ... Jim

Sandra Kinder ... Sue
Bill Rosier ... Jerry

Keone Young ... Mr. Ksi

Eric DaRe ... Digiacomo

Gareth Williams ... Phelps

Teo ... Adonis

Stacey Travis ... Nurse
Max Lazar ... Dimitri
Frank Ensign ... Len

Bob Jennings ... Dr. Clifford (as Bob A. Jennings)
Ross Kettle ... Resident Surgeon
Nikki Lee ... Anaesthesiologist
John Roselius ... Surgeon #3
Damon White ... Winston

Dan Hildebrand ... Russian Thug
J.P. Jones ... Russian Thug
Jerry Sloan ... Russian Thug
Alphonse Walter ... Isaac (as Alphonse V. Walter)
Melvin Jones ... Rasta Doorman
Mara Duronslet ... Jessica
Ernest M. Garcia ... Burt (as Ernest Garcia)

Alex Désert ... Bartender
Sarah Stavrou ... Woman

Jesse Perez ... Crack Dealer
Daniel Rey Silvas ... Basketball Player
Michael Chong ... Chinese Security Guard #2

Alexander Folk ... South African Businessman
Stella Garcia ... S. African Businesswoman

Guy Siner ... Dutch Businessman
Al Ahlf ... FBI Agent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Taylor Humphries ... Young Bar Bouncer (uncredited)

Lorin McCraley ... Dead Mic (uncredited)

Directed by
Andy Wilson 
Writing credits
Mark Haskell Smith (written by)

Produced by
Marc Abraham .... producer
Armyan Bernstein .... executive producer
Laura Bickford .... producer
Thomas A. Bliss .... executive producer
Melanie Greene .... co-producer
Nancy Rae Stone .... co-producer
Original Music by
Richard Hartley 
Cinematography by
Anthony B. Richmond 
Film Editing by
Louise Rubacky 
Casting by
Elaine J. Huzzar 
Johanna Ray 
Production Design by
Naomi Shohan 
Art Direction by
Troy Sizemore 
Set Decoration by
Evette Knight 
Costume Design by
Mary Zophres 
Makeup Department
Dionne Smith .... makeup artist
Barbara Wilder .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Nancy Rae Stone .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
BJ Davis .... second unit director
Timothy Grant Engle .... dga trainee
Mark Hansson .... second assistant director
Francis R. Mahony III .... first assistant director
Jessy Melowicz-Barbour .... dga trainee (as Jessy Melowicz)
Elena Santaballa .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Tony Chavez .... carpenter
Eric Kelly .... set dresser
Johnny Knight .... construction coordinator
Kim Larsen-Santini .... assistant property master
Aimee Rousey .... art department coordinator
Grant Sawyer .... on-set dresser
Jared Scardina .... set dresser
Brett V. Shirley .... set dresser
Sound Department
Bobbi Banks .... adr supervisor
Trip Brock .... supervising sound effects editor
David V. Butler .... assistant sound editor
Mary Jo Devenney .... sound mixer: additional photogragphy
Bruce Greenspan .... sound effects editor
J. Katz .... assistant sound editor
James P. Lay .... supervising sound effects editor
Doug Madick .... foley artist
Darren Paskal .... supervising sound editor
Christina Rasch .... assistant sound editor
Will Riley .... sound designer
Douglas Shamburger .... boom operator
Scott M. Silvey .... sound effects editor (as Scott Silvey)
John Switzer .... post-production sound coordinator
Kurt Thum .... sound editor
Mark Weingarten .... sound
Chris Ross Leong .... sound editor (uncredited)
Sallye Stotsbery .... foley artist (uncredited)
Wouter van Herwerden .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Larry Fioritto .... special effects coordinator
Ed Anders .... utility stunts
Bob Bralver .... utility stunts
Gregg Brazzel .... utility stunts
Paul Dallas .... stunt double: Raymond
BJ Davis .... stunt coordinator (as B.J. Davis)
Julia Davis .... stunt coordinator: second unit
Kisca Davis .... utility stunts
Lindsay Hudson .... precision driver
Fred Lerner .... stunt double: Dimitri
Scott Leva .... stunt double: Eugene
Kely McClung .... utility stunts
Cole S. McKay .... utility stunts (as Cole McKay)
Patrick J. Statham .... utility stunts (as Pat Statham)
Merritt Yohnka .... utility stunts
Chuck Borden .... stunts (uncredited)
Julia Davis .... stunt double: Angelina Jolie (uncredited)
Scott Leva .... stunts (uncredited)
Mitch Toles .... precision driver (uncredited)
Spice Williams-Crosby .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tyger Belton .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Marsha Blackburn .... still photographer
Jenifer Galvez .... set lighting technician
Timberlake Lewis .... assistant camera
Daniel C. McFadden .... camera loader
Jonathan 'Chunky' Richmond .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
John Sosenko .... camera operator
Pablo Suarez .... grip
Rick Tiedeman .... Steadicam operator
Vance Trussell .... gaffer
Casting Department
Mary Jane Fendler .... casting assistant
Lee A. Miles .... extras casting
Vanessa Portillo .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Collini .... key costumer
Carla Shivener .... costumer: dayplayer
Editorial Department
Andrew Blustain .... assistant editor
Sean Hubbert .... assistant editor
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Michael Wertz .... first assistant editor
John Travers .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Location Management
Molly Allen .... location manager
France Myung Fagin .... assistant location manager (as France Myung Metz)
Paul Lucero .... assistant location manager
Music Department
David Arnold .... music consultant
Matthew Austin .... additional music programmer
Dondi Bastone .... music consultant
Dondi Bastone .... music coordinator
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Hugh Burns .... musician: guitars
Tass Filipos .... music editor
Paul Hitchman .... music consultant
Paul Hitchman .... music coordinator
Julian Jackson .... musician: harmonica
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Steve Parr .... music recordist
G. Marq Roswell .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Christopher David Gauntt .... driver
Paul Jones .... driver
James Lowder .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Robin Anderson .... script supervisor
Jay Crimp .... stand-in: David Duchovny
Ira Friedlander .... production accountant
Misty Green .... assistant: Mr. Abraham
Mikon A. Haaksman .... assistant to director
Amy Foos Kapoor .... post production assistant
Eric Knight .... assistant: David Duchovny
Connie Kunz .... first assistant accountant
Connie Kunz .... post-production accountant
Patty Long .... production coordinator
Ivan Martin del Campo .... office assistant
Dawn Matthews .... stand-in: Angelina Jolie
Corey Miller .... assistant production coordinator (as Corey D. Miller)
Robert Ohlandt .... production assistant
Dan Perri .... title designer: main titles
Alan D. Purwin .... helicopter pilot
Jeff Raymond .... publicist
Brad Stephens .... publicist
Mike Sudrow .... weapons specialist

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Also Known As:
"Playing Hero" - Egypt (English title)
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Rated R for strong graphic violence, gore, pervasive language and some drug use
94 min | Netherlands:91 min | Philippines:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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According to the Don Simpson autobiography "High Concept" , the concept for this film was stolen from a doctor who died at Simpson's house before he could finish the script.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Photographs are being taken at a Lakers game with a digital camera, but we hear the sound of a motor drive.See more »
[Eugene is drinking cough syrup]
Claire:Funny, I didn't hear you coughing.
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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Could have been better, 21 December 2003
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Eugene Sands is a drug addict doctor - although he has long since been barred from practicing medicine having been found operating high, leading to a girl's death. When he is at a club buying he witnesses a shooting and steps in to do enough to save a man's life. The owner of the club and criminal to boot, Raymond Blossom, takes an interest in Eugene and begins using him and his doctor. However the FBI are after Raymond and make moves to use Eugene to trap him.

Coming off as a slightly upmarket video thriller, this film could have been much better but ultimately fails to engage or rise to it's potential. The plot is OK but the script doesn't manage to lift the story up into something that is really strong and engaging. The delivery is a big part of the problem - it isn't that well directed, nothing very wrong but certainly the feel of a video film as opposed to a big screen thriller. The decision to have a voice over narrator is always a gamble; sometimes it works but sometimes it really doesn't.

Here the narration doesn't work for two reasons. First of all, the narrator has to explain or develop so much because the film fails to do it as part of the story being told. To make matters worse Duchovny delivery is so flat that it really sucks any energy out of the film. His actual performance is not as bad as his voiceover but he doesn't exactly manage to lead the film. This leaves the way open for Hutton's villain, but he struggles with a lack of character and eventually gives into overacting. Jolie is good but again suffers from having no character. Regardless of performances, not having any buy in with the main people meant that I wasn't into the story as I needed to be. Support from Massee, Stormare and Dourdan doesn't so much add quality as add familiarity.

Overall this was very much a workmanlike thriller. It is passable but really it is difficult to overlook the fact that the film has major weaknesses in most areas. The plot is good but the script can't do anything with it, the narration is rubbish and the acting is only reasonable on the whole. Worth watching once but it's hard not to feel let down by it.

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