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Article 99 (1992)

A group of doctors in a veteran's hospital must contend with their hopeless situation: too many patients and not enough beds. The main cause of their problems is bureaucratic ... See full summary »

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Howard Deutch

Writer:

Ron Cutler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Liotta ... Dr. Richard Sturgess
Kiefer Sutherland ... Dr. Peter Morgan
Forest Whitaker ... Dr. Sid Handleman
Lea Thompson ... Dr. Robin Van Dorn
John C. McGinley ... Dr. Rudy Bobrick
John Mahoney ... Dr. Henry Dreyfoos
Keith David ... Luther Jermoe
Kathy Baker ... Dr. Diana Walton
Eli Wallach ... Sam Abrams
Noble Willingham ... Inspector General
Julie Bovasso ... Amelia Sturdeyvant
Troy Evans ... Pat Travis
Lynne Thigpen ... Nurse White
Jeffrey Tambor ... Dr. Leo Krutz
Leo Burmester ... Shooter Polaski
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A group of doctors in a veteran's hospital must contend with their hopeless situation: too many patients and not enough beds. The main cause of their problems is bureaucratic belt-tightening by the hospital administrators. The doctors are determined to give the best service they can, even if that means defying the orders of management and performing unauthorized operations. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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When the heroes are forgotten. When the stakes are life and death. There's one stand you've got to take. There's one rule you've got to break. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

99-es paragrafus See more »

Filming Locations:

Kansas City, Missouri, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,375,979
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Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Keith David, Forest Whitaker, and John C. McGinley previously worked together in Platoon (1986). See more »

Quotes

Luther Jermoe: Now you got one chance: the gospel according to Luther. Whatever you need, you ain't gonna get and whatever you get, it ain't worth shit.
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Enjoyable medical drama/comedy in the tradition of M*A*S*H
9 February 2000 | by MissMiaSee all my reviews

Set in a VA hospital, this movie illustrates what happens when "red tape" gets in the way of helping people. An enjoyable mixture of comedy and drama, it is reminiscent of the Altman classic M*A*S*H, staring Sutherland's father Donald. In fact, there's a nice salute to the elder Sutherland, during a scene between Keifer and an older hospital patient.

Those who didn't "get" this movie were perhaps looking for the wrong things. I won't say this movie was meant to inform, though perhaps it was. But it definitely makes you think. Is a medical system where doctors have to steal supplies and schedule proxy operations really what our country's heroes deserve? Moving and entertaining, I would definitely recommend this movie.


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