Richard Dreyfuss stars in this black comedy as a sculptor who becomesparalyzed after an auto accident and fights the hospital administrationfor the right to die.

Director:

John Badham

Writers:

Brian Clark (play), Brian Clark (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Ken Harrison
John Cassavetes ... Dr. Michael Emerson
Christine Lahti ... Dr. Clare Scott
Bob Balaban ... Carter Hill
Kenneth McMillan ... Judge Wyler
Kaki Hunter ... Mary Jo Sadler
Thomas Carter ... Orderly John
Alba Oms Alba Oms ... Nurse Rodriguez
Janet Eilber ... Pat
Kathryn Grody ... Mrs. Boyle
George Wyner ... Dr. Jacobs
Mel Stewart ... Dr. Barr
Ward Costello Ward Costello ... Mr. Eden
Alston Ahern Alston Ahern ... Day Nurse
Betty Cole Betty Cole ... ICU Nurse
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Storyline

Ken Harrison is an artist who makes sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck down. All he can do is talk, and he wants to die. In hospital he make friends with some of the staff, and they support him when he goes to trial to be allowed to die. Written by Eva Kristin Berntzen <eva@himolde.no>

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You'll have a lot of laughs.....before you cry. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Originally Edward Herrmann as Richard Dreyfuss' lawyer, and Blythe Danner as Dr. Claire Scott were cast in the film. Herrmann was replaced by Bob Balaban and Christine Lahti replaced Danner due to scheduling conflicts. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Michael Emerson: You'll be fine.
Ken Harrison: [sarcastically] Are you kidding?
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Danger!! Death Ray (1995) See more »

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Punkette Nights
Words and Music by Michael Starobin
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Well-crafted showcase for the actors
18 November 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Richard Dreyfuss is typically mercurial as an artist who is involved in an auto accident and is paralyzed from the neck down; he fights for his right to die with dignity while laid up in his hospital room, causing consternation amongst the hospital staff. Adapation of Brian Clark's celebrated (if thin) stage play--whose leading character has been portrayed at different times by both male and female actors--is given a fairly tight direction by John Badham, who seems unaware that Dreyfuss' sculptor can be awfully obnoxious on occasion. Still, the material has strong moments, and the supporting performances by John Cassavetes and (most especially) Christine Lahti are top-notch. Attempts to "open up" the stagy action tend to falter, with a pot-smoking sequence that is simply extraneous, yet it's a moving and satisfying picture, if somewhat aloof. **1/2 from ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al fin y al cabo es mi vida See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,206,145

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,206,145
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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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