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My Own Country (1998)

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"My Own Country" tells the story of an East Indian doctor who settles in Johnson City, Tennessee. The doctor's name is Abraham Verghese, and he specializes in infectious diseases. It's 1985... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Abraham Verghese
Vickie Talley
Lloyd Flanders
Hope Flanders
Gordon Vines
Rajani Verghese
Sean Hewitt ...
Chester Mews
William Webster ...
Langdon Arwood
Sharon Dyer ...
Mrs. Vines
David Fox ...
Mr. Vines
Colleen Williams ...
Ranjit Chowdhry ...
Ishwar Mooljee ...
Dr. S.B.T.


"My Own Country" tells the story of an East Indian doctor who settles in Johnson City, Tennessee. The doctor's name is Abraham Verghese, and he specializes in infectious diseases. It's 1985, and AIDS is spreading from the big cities to the rural areas. Abraham takes AIDS as his personal crusade and is soon well-known for his compassion and non-judgmental treatment. He soon becomes overwhelmed with patients from the surrounding states, which strains his marriage. Written by Bill Alward

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Rated R for language including some frank sexual discussion | See all certifications »




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1998 (USA)  »

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Az én országom  »

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Uniquely and A Sad Commentary on AIDS in the 80s
31 January 2003 | by (Kansas City, Missouri, USA) – See all my reviews

I won't summarize the plot, that's been done in other reviews. What is fascinating about the movie is its unique way of filming, the characters that touch one's heart and the choice of people who are in the movie. The setting is removed from the typical AIDS movie set in an urban center, which makes it even more compelling and then you add an Indian doctor who has probably faced prejudice in this country and it's a powerful statement. The 80s were a holocaust for persons with AIDS. No money was available for very much at the time in rural areas. The actor who played the doctor was a remarkable testament to what medicine is about: pain when you can't help someone get well, troubles at home; raw emotions; I would recommend this movie for anyone to begin to understand what having AIDS in the 80s in a rural area was like. Even the smalltown gay bar is/was typical of what the gay bars are like in small towns. Tears roll if you really get engaged with the movie!! If you don't, then you probably don't connect with the issues presented. Another masterful showpiece from Showtime...another perspective from Showtime who also did "Behind the Red Door" this year!! BRAVO!!!

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