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The Lazarus Syndrome (1978)

An adulterous newspaper reporter, who has just experienced a heart attack, pesters a black doctor into investigating the questionable medical practices taking place at the hospital where both are residing.

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Jerry Thorpe

Writer:

William Blinn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Dr. MacArthur St. Clair
Ronald Hunter ... Joe Hamill
E.G. Marshall ... Dr. Mendel
Sheila Frazier ... Gloria St. Clair
Lara Parker ... Denice
Peggy Walton-Walker ... Mrs. Hamill (as Peggy Walton Walker)
René Enríquez ... Mr. Dominguez (as Rene Enríquez)
Philip Sterling ... Skeptical Doctor
Peggy McCay ... Stacy
Arthur Rosenberg Arthur Rosenberg ... Anesthesiologist
Mary Carver ... Nurse
Roberta Jean Williams Roberta Jean Williams ... Nurse
Ethelinn Block Ethelinn Block ... Nurse
Vincent Milana Vincent Milana ... (as Vincent Duke Milana)
John Berwick John Berwick ... Crash Cart Nurse
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An adulterous newspaper reporter, who has just experienced a heart attack, pesters a black doctor into investigating the questionable medical practices taking place at the hospital where both are residing.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

La sindrome di Lazzaro See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Not a terminal case, but needed some serious treatment
7 June 2014 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

This made for TV movie was actually a backdoor pilot for a (very) short- lived series that came the following year. As it turns out, the story in this movie pilot is very self-contained, so one doesn't have to seek the series for further information. Anyway, I am kind of mystified why the network heads green-lit a series from this movie. To be sure, it's not an awful movie. There are some good performances here, the standout being Lou Gossett Jr. as the lead. You can really believe he is a seasoned doctor who knows what he's talking about. And Ronald Hunter does well as the patient who get tangled with Gossett's character, and some real chemistry in their scenes are generated. However, the script needed some work. The subplot about Gossett's home life feels unfinished. And the movie is really slow in introducing the mystery that the leads uncover, and equally slow in resolving it. I've seen worse pilots, but this is one that really needed a doctor - a script doctor, that is.


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