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Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)

R | | Drama | 22 January 1982 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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The ultimate drama in the human comedy See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Trivia

John Cassavetes is an improvisational actor/director, and he at times got fed up with having to be precise in his dialogue and was quoted as saying to Director John Badham, "Kid you're getting more out of me, than anyone has in a lifetime." See more »

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Ken Harrison: I better be nice to this woman. Otherwise, the good doctor will dissolve her in water and inject her into me.
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Hospital Ladies
Words and Music by Arthur B. Rubinstein
Performed by "The Rebel Rockers"
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Great Performances
12 June 2004 | by lbinstockSee all my reviews

This film is among the best of all time. I've seldom seen a movie in which all actors -- from the star to the smallest bit player -- deliver such forceful, realistic performances. I felt as if I were actually in that hospital room with Ken Harrison et al. While the film, which is about a sculpture who becomes a quadriplegic in a car accident and then decides to die rather than live life in that condition, has a seemingly depressing plot line, it is actually uplifting. Richard Dreyfus has the remarkable ability to infuse the main character with humor as well as sadness. It is a tribute to the director, writers, and actors that this movie, which could have easily been a maudlin weepy, turned out to be a paean to the indomitable human spirit.


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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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