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Terminal Choice (1985)

A patient in an hospital dies under mysterious circumstances. The attending doctor Fank Holt gets under suspect - he'd been fired already from his last position due to mispractice. For his ... See full summary »

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Sheldon Larry

Writers:

Neal Bell (original screenplay), Peter Lawrence (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Spano ... Dr. Frank Holt
Diane Venora ... Anna Lang
David McCallum ... Dr. Giles Dodson
Robert Joy ... Dr. Harvey Rimmer
Don Francks ... Chauncy Rand
Nicholas Campbell ... Henderson
Ellen Barkin ... Mary O'Connor
Chapelle Jaffe ... Mrs. Dodson
Clare Coulter ... Nurse Barton
James Kidnie ... Dr. Kline
Martha Gibson Martha Gibson ... Kingsley's Daughter
Chas Lawther Chas Lawther ... Kingsley's Son-in-law
Les Rubie Les Rubie ... Miles Kingsley
Teri Austin ... Lylah Crane
Tom Harvey Tom Harvey ... Dr. Warren
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A patient in an hospital dies under mysterious circumstances. The attending doctor Fank Holt gets under suspect - he'd been fired already from his last position due to mispractice. For his defence he investigates with help of doctor Anna Lang. Soon they find out that half of their colleagues were betting on the patient's diagnosises - was someone trying to increase his chances? But when Frank's friend, dissector Mary Connor, becomes deadly sick, he suspects there's even more to it. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Bed See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Budget:

$3,900,000 (estimated)
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Magder Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Initially released as "Terminal Choice" in May 1985, it had a second theatrical run under the title "Death Bed" in October 1985 and played under this title as late as April 1986 despite receiving a VHS release in December 1985. See more »

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Referenced in Remote Control (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Going to Your Grave
Music and Lyrics by Ricky Magder
Sung by Charles Jones
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Bet on death
5 February 2012 | by Cujo108See all my reviews

All is not right in a hospital that uses a hi-tech computer system to control everything from IV drips to defibrillators. Not only are some of the staff placing bets on patient recovery time, but someone is also using the computer's abilities for a more sinister agenda.

This unknown Canadian film is slow-moving and doesn't have many likable characters, but I was still rather drawn into the proceedings. The futuristic hospital system makes for a unique plot device, and it's interesting to see how it'll be used next. There are some nasty bits here as helpless patients meet mean-spirited ends. The death of one of the only characters that I did like made for a very suspenseful sequence. There's also a nice scene with repeated attempts on the lead's life as he's stuck in a hospital bed with a broken foot. Said lead is Joe Spano as Dr. Frank Holt, who finds that the culprit is making it so that all the murders look like mistakes he made with his patients.

A dull subplot involves Holt and his ex-fiancée rekindling their romance. Despite the flaws, I'd say it's worth a look, especially if you're into medical horror. The stunning Ellen Barkin has an early role as the hospital's medical examiner.


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