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Gross Anatomy (1989)

PG-13 | | Drama | 20 October 1989 (USA)
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A smart first-year med student takes nothing seriously, except the pursuit of his Gross Anatomy (human dissection) lab partner. It's up to her and their teacher to find a way to convince ... See full summary »

Director:

Thom Eberhardt

Writers:

Mark Spragg (story), Howard Rosenman (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Joe Slovak
Daphne Zuniga ... Laurie Rorbach
Christine Lahti ... Dr. Rachel Woodruff
Todd Field ... David Schreiner
John Scott Clough John Scott Clough ... Miles Reed
Alice Carter ... Kim McCauley
Robert Desiderio ... Dr. Banks
Zakes Mokae ... Dr. Banumbra
Clyde Kusatsu ... Interviewing Professor
John Petlock John Petlock ... Interviewing Professor
J. Patrick McNamara ... Interviewing Professor
Jan Munroe ... Interviewing Professor
Kay E. Kuter ... Lecturing Professor
Michael Flanagan Michael Flanagan ... Lecturing Professor
Don Perry ... Lecturing Professor
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Storyline

A smart first-year med student takes nothing seriously, except the pursuit of his Gross Anatomy (human dissection) lab partner. It's up to her and their teacher to find a way to convince him to take his studies and life seriously. Written by Blue Dragon <movies@sharyl.mailstop.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It Takes Hard Work, Discipline, And Committment To Get Through Med School. But Joe's Never Done Anything By The Book. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cut Above See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,604,598
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Todd Field and Director Thom Eberhardt clashed a few times on set in regards to his character. In the end, Eberhardt respected him because he felt his character had a complete arch and Field played it perfectly. See more »

Goofs

The buccinator muscle is primarily a muscle of facial expression, although it is also an assistant muscle of mastication. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Rachel Woodruff: And now, now I just wonder about some of these brilliant doctors of mine, you know, with their minds for medicine and their hearts for, what, real estate. You know, I wonder what they'd say to some lonely terrified patient, who grabs their hand and says, "Can you explain this to me? Can you help me accept this? Can you at least sit with me so I don't feel so alone?" Well, I bet they don't say anything because I didn't teach them to.
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Alternate Versions

There is another scene where the characters are all in a bar, and they are talking about their residencies. One version that was shown has a close up of the main characters at a table and one says, "I want to get a job, working in a quality hospital with quality patients." On Showtime's version there are camera scans to several other people in the bar. You hear the quote in the background, but do not hear who said the phrase. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Doogie Howser, M.D.: Blood and Remembrance (1989) See more »

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David's Theme
Written by Todd Field
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Teacher Assistant
6 October 2009 | by grege83See all my reviews

I am the guy(the teacher assistant) pointing at the diagram on the chalkboard(for about 3 seconds) in the movie.(no kidding)

The movie itself is largely entertaining, though predictable. It is obvious the guy will get the girl in the end, though what he has to go through to get her makes it interesting.

If I were interested in going to medical school, seeing this movie might make me think twice about it.Still, it illustrates the same tired theme of many other movies. This being, "You gotta really want it, more than anything else, if you're gonna get through it successfully."

Daphne Zuniga is enchanting in her role and Matthew Modine is annoying in his. I almost hoped he wouldn't end up with her. It reminded me a bit of his role in "Full Metal Jacket." Maybe they should have called him "Joker" in this movie,too.

Overall,a pleasant, if inconsequential, movie.


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