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Coma (1978)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Susan Wheeler (as Genevieve Bujold)
... Dr. Mark Bellows
... Mrs. Emerson
... Dr. George
... Dr. Harris
... Nancy Greenly
... Dr. Morelind (as Harry Rhodes)
Gary Barton ... Computer Technician
Frank Downing ... Kelly
... Jim
Alan Haufrect ... Dr. Marcus
... Vince (as Lance Le Gault)
Michael MacRae ... Chief Resident
... Nurse
... Sean Murphy
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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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Imagine your life hangs by a thread. Imagine your body hangs by a wire. Imagine you're not imagining. See more »


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6 January 1978 (USA)  »

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Dr. Harris' desk only features his nameplate in a later scene, when the plot requires that it be visible -- i.e. when Dr. Wheeler finally notices it, along with the degrees hanging on the wall. Earlier it is missing from the desk. See more »

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When Dr. Wheeler discovers the carbon monoxide line leading to OR 8, it might seem as if she is looking down into the operating room, but she is actually above the hall looking at the door into the OR, as the nameplate beside the door proves. An operating room would never feature a drop ceiling. See more »

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Jim: First rule of crime: Keep It Simple. What's simple? Carbon Monoxide.
Pathology Resident #2: Boring.
Dr. Susan Wheeler: Carbon Monoxide?
Jim: Sure, it's perfect. Anesthetist feeds the patient some carbon monoxide instead of oxygen. It's colorless and makes the blood very red so the surgeon doesn't notice anything funny. But the brain dies from lack of oxygen. End of operation - the patient doesn't wake up.
Dr. Susan Wheeler: No other effects?
Pathology Resident #2: Sure, other effects. Cardiac irritability.
Jim: Which this case had.
Pathology Resident #2: You know, it'd be much better to block the ...
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Realistic and frightening Look at what could go wrong on the operating table!
26 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

Coma was a really fun film. I liked it to pieces. It opens with a really intriguing shot of a gorgeous Genevieve Bujold driving to her work as a Dr. Wheeler, and listening to the radio on a beautiful crisp Boston morning. A film like this has the audience attention from that grab. Exposition ensues and so does a bit of crazy character development. Then, something else happens, ,a major death takes place and a real intrigue seeks in. Then, the revelation is that a crisis is concerning certain patients. Not for those who are queasy in hospitals. This film, about patients slipping one by one into a coma for no apparent reason still has enough affect to chill every one of it's audience members to the bone! All the stars are at their best with a script that-while has some of its unoticable flaws- keeps the audience in the roots of fear as they root for the lead female. Great Jerry Goldsmith score as well. Great photography and direction from Crighton. a cool film!


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