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Something the Lord Made (2004)

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

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 17 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »
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Vivien Thomas (as Mos Def)
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Mary Blalock
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Clara Thomas
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Mrs. Saxon
Clayton LeBouef ...
Harold Thomas
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William Thomas (as Charles Dutton)
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Dr. Helen Taussig
Cliff McMullen ...
Lodel Williams
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Charles Manlove
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Frances Grebel
John Emmanuel ...
Man at park
Harold J. Abell Sr. ...
Man #1
Michael E. Russell ...
Bank Officer
Henri Edmonds ...
Mary Thomas
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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

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Biography | Drama

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30 May 2004 (USA)  »

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La création de Dieu  »

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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 »

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When Blalock and Thomas operate on Eileen Saxon, the baby is supine (lying on her back). The proper position is left lateral (on her right side with left side up), elevated 4-6 intercostal spaces. See more »

Quotes

[Vivien is abruptly leaving the laboratory]
Alfred Blalock: We have work to do.
Vivien Thomas: Do I have your permission, to do some work for my landlord, so I can pay my rent?
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Connections

Referenced in Dead Teenagers (2007) See more »

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Baltimore Bounce
Written by Keter Betts
Performed by Keter Betts, Harold Mann, Larry Willis and Jacques Johnson
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What a beautiful film
28 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have had this movie TIVOed for several months now and just got around to seeing it. What a beautiful film! There are so many layers in this film and the relationship between the two main characters was wonderful.

Mos Def completely blew me away. His portrayal of this dignified & brilliant man was inspiring. I hope that young people today see this film because it shows us that there is a way to handle yourself. You can achieve success and happiness without being a hothead, arrogant or rude. We have lost so much in the way of manners.

I guess having a parent who has had 3 heart operations, this film touched a special cord. Cried my eyes out.

A must see.


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