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Threshold (1981)

The celebrated heart surgeon Dr. Vrain supports the research of the offbeat scientist Aldo Gehring, who is inventing an artificial heart. Dr. Vrain performs the first artificial human heart... See full summary »

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Richard Pearce

Writer:

James Salter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... Dr. Thomas Vrain
John Marley ... Edgar Fine
Sharon Acker ... Tilla Vrain
Mare Winningham ... Carol Severance
Jeff Goldblum ... Dr. Aldo Gehring
Michael Lerner ... Henry De Vici
Julie Armstrong Julie Armstrong ... Donna Clure
Jun Asahina Jun Asahina ... Japanese Technician
Steve Ballantine Steve Ballantine ... Injured Motorcyclist
Ralph Benmergui Ralph Benmergui ... Mr. Orantes' Interpreter (as Ralph Benmurgui)
Richard Blackburn Richard Blackburn ... Dr. Cutter
Lally Cadeau Lally Cadeau ... Anita, Vrain's Secretary
Eric Clavering Eric Clavering ... Old Man in Recovery
James Douglas James Douglas ... Older Doctor in X-Ray Room (as James B. Douglas)
Nancy Downey Nancy Downey ... Judy
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Storyline

The celebrated heart surgeon Dr. Vrain supports the research of the offbeat scientist Aldo Gehring, who is inventing an artificial heart. Dr. Vrain performs the first artificial human heart transplant against the advice of the Ethics Committee. Written by Will Gilbert

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A man on the threshold of success or failure. A woman on the threshold of life and death. See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Passage See more »

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Budget:

CAD 5,700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum previously appeared in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). See more »

Quotes

Dr. Aldo Gehring: Let me... let me say something. Surgeons, are something people don't understand uh... surgeons are like airplane pilots. Surgeons are not creative.
Jay Wingate: Well, there's an old saying that I think perhaps you're familiar with, that internists are people who know everything and do nothing and surgeons do everything but know nothing.
Dr. Aldo Gehring: Surgeries are only repetition, it's just plumming, one two three, one three two. There's no intellecutal aspects.
Jay Wingate: What do you mean, no intellectual aspects?
Dr. Aldo Gehring: To a surgeon a ...
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Deeply moving, smart film
26 November 2005 | by topfiverecordsSee all my reviews

This movie is so understated and yet so powerful and moving it took me by surprise. The three principle actors (Sutherland, Goldblum, Winningham) do a fantastic, believable job of bringing their characters to life. I was quite impressed with the writing, directing, and, as I've said, acting. The only thing that made me watch this movie, at first, was that I am a fan of Donald Sutherland. Once I sat through it I could not stop thinking about it. The quiet power Sutherland brings to his character is a fine example of an actor really "getting" his part Jeff Goldblum's handling of the part of the brash and slightly off center researcher is one of his best performances. Mare Winningham's quiet desperation as the heart patient is truly believable and heart felt without going over the top. Everyone in this movie really seemed to fit right in, giving the movie a "real-life" feel. An all around well done movie. Too bad it's not on DVD.


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