Something the Lord Made (2004)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  30 May 2004 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.3/10 from 9,030 users  
Reviews: 97 user | 17 critic

A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.


0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 16 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Biography of Ben Carson who grew up to be Dr. Ben Carson, a world famous neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins.

Director: Thomas Carter
Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Kimberly Elise, Aunjanue Ellis
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Matthew Barnes is a young exec on the move up who finds himself a pawn in corporate in-fighting when he's sent to London to oversee a merger. He's to replace John Gissing; Gissing's gotten ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Binder
Stars: Mike Binder, Tim Briggs, Allan Corduner
Mesmer (1994)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A biography of the eighteenth century Viennese physician, Franz Anton Mesmer, who used unorthodox healing practices based on his theory of "animal magnetism."

Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Stars: Donal Donnelly, David Burke, Peter Dvorsky
Miss Evers' Boys (TV Movie 1997)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The true story of the U.S. Government's 1932 Tuskeegee Syphilis Experiment, in which a group of black test subjects were allowed to die, despite a cure having been developed.

Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Alfre Woodard, Laurence Fishburne, Craig Sheffer
Temple Grandin (TV Movie 2010)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry.

Director: Mick Jackson
Stars: Claire Danes, Julia Ormond, David Strathairn
The Song of Lunch (TV Movie 2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A London publisher recounts a lunchtime reunion with a former lover, in poetic monologue.

Director: Niall MacCormick
Stars: Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Andi Soric
Nobel Son (2007)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Barkley Michaelson is in a deep life rut. He's struggling to finish his PhD thesis when his father, the learned Eli Michaelson, wins the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Barkley and his mother, ... See full summary »

Director: Randall Miller
Stars: Alan Rickman, Bryan Greenberg, Shawn Hatosy
Rasputin (TV Movie 1996)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

HBO biopic about the infamous "mad monk" Rasputin from the court of Tsar Nicholas in Russia.

Director: Uli Edel
Stars: Alan Rickman, Greta Scacchi, Ian McKellen
Snow Cake (2006)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident.

Director: Marc Evans
Stars: Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Carrie-Anne Moss
Warm Springs (TV Movie 2005)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Franklin Roosevelt, left a paraplegic from polio at 39 years of age, seeks out a miracle cure in the backwoods of Georgia.

Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Cynthia Nixon, David Paymer
Judas Kiss (1998)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A woman and her lover, who has made a living by running sex scams at hotels, decide to enter the big time by kidnapping a computer company owner and demanding $4 million ransom. The two ... See full summary »

Director: Sebastian Gutierrez
Stars: Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Carla Gugino
Texas: In Demand (Video 2000)
Short | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Director: Vaughan Arnell
Stars: Alan Rickman, Sharleen Spiteri


Cast overview, first billed only:
Vivien Thomas (as Mos Def)
Mary Blalock
Clara Thomas
Mrs. Saxon
Clayton LeBouef ...
Harold Thomas
William Thomas (as Charles Dutton)
Dr. Helen Taussig
Cliff McMullen ...
Lodel Williams
Charles Manlove
Frances Grebel
John Emmanuel ...
Man at park
Harold J. Abell Sr. ...
Man #1
Michael E. Russell ...
Bank Officer
Henri Edmonds ...
Mary Thomas


Alfred Blalock (1899-1964), a cardiologist (therefore, self-confident to the point of arrogance), leaves Vanderbilt for Johns Hopkins taking with him his lab technician, Vivien Thomas (1910-1985). Thomas, an African-American without a college degree, is a gifted mechanic and tool-maker with hands splendidly adept at surgery. In 1941, Blalock and Thomas take on the challenge of blue babies and invent bypass surgery. After trials on dogs, their first patient is baby Eileen, sure to die without the surgery. In defiance of custom and Jim Crow, Blalock brings Thomas into the surgery to advise him, but when Life Magazine and kudos come, Thomas is excluded. Will he receive his due? Written by <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A breakthrough that changed the face of medicine. A unique partnership that broke the rules.


Biography | Drama


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

30 May 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La création de Dieu  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Based in part on the magazine article "Like Something The Lord Made" by Katie McCabe. It was published in the Washingtonian, and earned McCabe the 1990 National Magazine Feature Writing Award. See more »


When Blalock is eating dinner and attempting to get Vivian a raise, his napkin changes places between shots. See more »


Alfred Blalock: You can begin the incision.
Vivien Thomas: I'm not ready for that.
Alfred Blalock: If I say you're ready, you're ready.
[Long pause]
Alfred Blalock: I'll mark out the line. And you cut along it. Just like you did for your old Daddy.
See more »


Featured in The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2004) See more »


Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Written by Hugh Prince (as Hughie Prince) and Don Raye
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Absolutely magnificent!
17 June 2004 | by (Harrisburg, PA) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie this morning in my hotel room in Washington, DC. I was packing to go home as it was on and just a few minutes into it, I had to stop and just sit and watch. I was so moved by it, that I had to wait a while before I could leave. The tears were just streaming down my face. Later, as I was driving home, I passed an exit on the highway that indicated it was the road that eventually led to "Johns Hopkins University". I almost took that exit, but didn't because I had to get home. But I'm determined to soon make that trip to the University if only to spend a few minutes looking at the portrait of Dr. Thomas. What an incredible story and what an incredible actor Mos is. I do not have HBO at home, so I'm hoping that this movie is released on DVD. If it is, I will be purchasing multiple copies to give as gifts. A wonderful, wonderful story acted out by extremely talented actors.

Definitely, ten stars.

77 of 84 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What about the dogs? Pamactress
medical student hibebe
Other medical related movies?? hibebe
Without a word spsl1993
My Daughter is one of those kids brenbrown
Where can I get a copy of this movie? ccsookie
Discuss Something the Lord Made (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: