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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Luray Cooper ...
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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Dr. Irving Sorkin, a retired Washington, District of Columbia, USA dentist, was instrumental in getting the article by Katie McCabe made into a feature film. He died in Los Angeles, California, USA of lymphoma on 18 October 2007 at the age of 88. See more »

Goofs

While operating on Eileen Saxon, the baby is in supine position. A proper surgical position for (name after that Blalock-Taussig Shunt, or BT Shunt) is left lateral - the baby is positioned on her right side with left side up, elevated over 4-6 intercostal space. See more »

Quotes

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.
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Featured in The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2005) See more »

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Subterranean Homesick Blues
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Bob Dylan
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An Astonishing Achievement
2 June 2004 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

Just about everything HBO Films produces is excellent, but this film rises into the higher levels of the stratosphere. Everything excellent about filmmaking can be found in this superb production. The story is one of the most compelling pieces of drama one could ever ask for. Medical history, black history --you name it --this film has it, and weaves a fact-based plot equal to any docu-drama ever made.

Needless to say Rickman and Def captivate us throughout the film--their regrets, frustrations, bonding, harmony and abrasiveness found between any two historic collaborators. What they achieved is one of the most significant advances in medicine ever! And the poignant life of Vivian Thomas who finally receives his just rewards--ah, the stuff that makes us all marvel at his steadfastness, his honor, his talent and pride!

This film will garner many rewards and will deserve every one of them. Hats off to the geniuses at HBO!


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