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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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Mary Blalock
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Clara Thomas
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Mrs. Saxon
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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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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

Immediately following the very first Blalock-Taussig Shunt, baby Eileen Saxon became pink and her oxygen saturation level (SpO2) shows 100%. BT Shunt, as a palliative procedure, does NOT correct fully the cyanosis, which may be corrected later in life with a several steps procedure using cardiopulmonary bypass. Babies after BT shunt usually shows SpO2 80-85% being nicely pink. See more »

Quotes

Alfred Blalock: Mine was only proud of the fact that I could wiggle my ears.
Vivien Thomas: I think he'll be proud when you operate.
Alfred Blalock: He's dead.
Vivien Thomas: The dead are with us all the time, I believe. Can't separate the past from the future any more than you can a right arm and your left arm.
Alfred Blalock: Ah but you see they are separated by this, by the heart.
Vivien Thomas: Or connected.
Alfred Blalock: Or connected.
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Featured in The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2005) See more »

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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
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Delightful Surprise
17 August 2004 | by (Ozarks) – See all my reviews

I shouldn't have liked this - not a fan of HBO 'original' movies, nor rap stars turned actors. Great movies are made by studios or independents, not networks. Great actors come from the world of acting; not singing, painting or sports. Heck, I don't even like Barbara Streisand, in either discipline. But Queen Latifa did very well in "Bone Collector" and LL Cool J didn't quite ruin "Deliver Us From Eva." The HBO description sounded like a good story, so I gave it a chance...

WOW. Excellent story, very fine acting, authentic looking cinematography, compelling and well-developed screenplay; and a real zing for your heartstrings. The particular subject matter is interesting enough, but the real story is the human relationships, both within/among the characters & American society. As we travailed through the growing pains of integration and striving for equality whether by race, gender or social class distinction; the story of how we coped and progressed has seldom been depicted with such artistic clarity. Also, a real Believe In Yourself, Do What You Love, Don't Give Up kind of story.

Not a perfect film, might seem a bit slow-paced at times for some, but very engrossing. Along with the lead actors who portrayed their characters wonderfully, Kyra Sedgwick also turned in another fine appearance. Watching it unfold it was easy to become involved, by the end I was very pleasantly surprised to be reminded that the brilliant young leading man was Mos Def. I certainly didn't expect such a performance, but gladly admit he's most definitely a fine actor.

Glad to see it's available on DVD, definitely a MUST-SEE.


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