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Coma (1978)

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When a young female doctor notices an unnatural amount of comas occurring in her hospital she uncovers a horrible conspiracy.

Director:

Michael Crichton

Writers:

Michael Crichton (screenplay), Robin Cook (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geneviève Bujold ... Dr. Susan Wheeler (as Genevieve Bujold)
Michael Douglas ... Dr. Mark Bellows
Elizabeth Ashley ... Mrs. Emerson
Rip Torn ... Dr. George
Richard Widmark ... Dr. Harris
Lois Chiles ... Nancy Greenly
Hari Rhodes ... Dr. Morelind (as Harry Rhodes)
Gary Barton Gary Barton ... Computer Technician
Frank Downing Frank Downing ... Kelly
Richard Doyle ... Jim
Alan Haufrect Alan Haufrect ... Dr. Marcus
Lance LeGault ... Vince (as Lance Le Gault)
Michael MacRae ... Chief Resident
Betty McGuire ... Nurse
Tom Selleck ... Sean Murphy
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Storyline

A young doctor at a hospital, Susan Wheeler (played by Geneviève Bujold), starts noticing a pattern of strange occurrences with patients. Healthy patients are suddenly developing complications and ending up in comas. She starts investigating and what she reveals is astonishing. Written by grantss

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Someone is getting away with murder. Some people call it a human transplant! See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

Michael Douglas later starred in an adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel, Disclosure (1994). See more »

Goofs

Although the background passenger on the MBTA might look like a dummy, she is obviously real. She moves her eyes during the scene. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Susan Wheeler: You did it.
[Put people in irreversible comas]
Dr. George A. Harris: No decision is easy, Sue. It only looks that way when you're young. When you're older, everything is complicated. There is no black and white, only gray.
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Connections

Spoofed in Mr. Pickles: Coma (2014) See more »

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A first rate suspense movie!! A rare classic.
26 April 2002 | by Robert_duderSee all my reviews

I decided to pick up this film originally because it was an early Michael Douglas movie, and Michael Crighton wrote and directed this screenplay. By the cover it had all the elements for a great movie, and the movie brought no disappointment. It was absolutely intriguing and brilliantly filmed. The background of the cold sterile hospital was haunting and perfect. Each actor whether big or small brought a twist to the story. The main character who played Dr. Susan Wheeler was perfect as the stern, and cold Doctor who's best friend goes in for a routine operation and then is rendered into a mysterious brain dead Coma. Dr. Wheeler begins to notice strange "coincidences" around the hospital and starts to investigate other "Coma" cases. What she unravels is a top secret plot that goes right to the very top. The story unravels perfectly and the tension and clues are superb. You can't get a much better 2 hour movie. It's definately a movie that you might be tempted to pass by but it's worth renting. Michael Douglas is even great, although only in it as a supporting character, as Dr. Wheeler's Doctor boyfriend who she tries to convince something terrible is going on within the hospital. You never know who might be involved in this plot and you're waiting for it all to unravel. The only negative aspect of this movie was the ending happens very very quickly, kind of leaves you feeling a little hurried but still an first class movie. Also look for Tom Selleck portraying a patient/dead body. You can't go wrong with this movie. 8/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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