Something the Lord Made (2004)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  30 May 2004 (USA)
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A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.


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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 <>

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


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La création de Dieu  »

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Dr. Irving Sorkin, a retired dentist, was instrumental in getting Katie McCabe's article made into a feature film. Dr. Sorkin died of lymphoma on October 18, 2007, at the age of 88. See more »


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 »


[Amazed at Vivien's surgical skill]
Alfred Blalock: This is like something the Lord made.
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Featured in The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2004) See more »


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Sometimes it just feels good to be part of the world...
8 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

I admit it - I was angry that HBO gave 'The Sopranos' a week off in order to air this movie... So much so that I didn't even watch the premiere. But moping around after the Piston's blew a huge lead against the Laker's in game 2 of the NBA finals, I was flipping through and saw that it was on again. I thought to myself, 'Why not? there must be some reason they replaced 'The Sopranos' that week'. Indeed... This is a heartfelt, emotional, and inspiring film filled with performances of the like. Granted, it has its fair share of "cheesy" devices and predictability, but then again, so does "King Lear." I knew I recognized the main actor, but couldn't quite put my finger on it... Was I surprised (as well as ashamed) to learn here that it was Mos Def. I had always dismissed him as a 'hip-hop/rapper-actor' wannabe. He made me eat those words though, by delivering a simply OUTSTANDING performance... and while he and Rickman really carry the film, the supporting cast does a nice job as well.

10/10 (which I don't take lightly).

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