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Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)

R | | Drama | 22 January 1982 (USA)
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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ken Harrison
... Dr. Michael Emerson
... Dr. Clare Scott
... Carter Hill
... Judge Wyler
... Mary Jo Sadler
... Orderly John
Alba Oms ... Nurse Rodriguez
... Pat
... Mrs. Boyle
... Dr. Jacobs
... Dr. Barr
Ward Costello ... Mr. Eden
Alston Ahern ... Day Nurse
Betty Cole ... ICU Nurse
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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 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 »

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22 January 1982 (USA)  »

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Al fin y al cabo es mi vida  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,206,145
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Trivia

Two different test screenings for this film were held. One in San Jose, California where the color version of the film was being shown and the other in San Francisco, where the black and white version was shown. This was a way that Director John Badham would prove to then MGM head David Begelman, that his version in black and white would be the one to have the best screening. Ultimately, Begelman prevailed and the film was released in color. See more »

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Ken Harrison: How does a quadriplegic cross the road? He was stapled to a chicken.
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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 See 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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