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Article 99 (1992)

R | | Drama, Comedy | 13 March 1992 (USA)
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 »

Director:

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 your hospital is a war zone, you have to fight to save lives. 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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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,375,979
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Orion Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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John Mahoney, Keith David, Forest Whitaker, Eli Wallach and Troy Evans all appeared in ER (1994). Evans was the only actor who was a regular member in the series. 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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References Catch-22 (1970) See more »

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To Care for Those Who Have Borne the Battle....
20 June 2006 | by rondineSee all my reviews

There are many good things about this movie. There are a few that are not as "stellar" but no matter, when the subject is something as important as this, then that's what counts. (to those like user: Rick Peach that don't get it... read his reviews, and consider the source! This isn't an action movie!)

This is a movie about how shamefully the Veterans of our Armed Services are treated when it comes to medical care. The term Article 99 refers to when a serviceman/woman is told the care or operation they need will not be considered because it isn't a direct result of anything that occurred while actively serving. In a world where many countries have socialized health care for everyone- you would think here where capitalism rules the day, we could at LEAST take care of the people who have guaranteed our freedom and survival. And that is the message of this movie.

The way the message is conveyed is what we discuss movies for. The script can be at times overboard and some of Luther's (Keith David) pet phrases are trite, but he is the "been there, done that" man of the movie. He's seen it all and like a mascot of sorts, he seems to hang around the hospital ready to assist new patients who are lost in this bungling bureaucratic maze. Enter Travis (Troy Evans) a nice guy who just happens to need a triple bypass. When one of the men who is "Article 99'd" goes berserk and drives a pick up into the hospital, we see the main characters start to assert their personalities and their places in the hospital. Travis has a heart attack on the spot and it all unfolds from there.

Dr. Sturgess (Ray Liotta) is the voice of reason in this very illogical world. He is the head of a group of doctors (Forest Whitaker, Lea Thompson, John McGinley) who are there not for the money, but for "those who have borne the battle." They are joined by a well meaning Dr. Walton (Kathy Baker) a psychiatrist who chose to come to this place from a drug rehab clinic. Although inexperienced in the ways of this "jungle" she has her heart in the right place. The evil nemesis in all this is played by the administrator, Dr. Henry Dreyfoos (John Mahoney) who is more interested in counting q-tips than helping to ease the suffering and pain of the people for whom this place was built. His doctors have had to resort to stealing medical equipment and supplies from the departments experimenting on animals. Apparently a monkey can get a pacemaker, but not a Vet.

Some of the conditions in this hospital are deplorably shocking and terrible. There are the sick and dying and the forgotten. Also, there is the poignant relationship between the new intern, Dr. Morgan (Kiefer Sutherland) and his patient, Sam Abrams (Eli Wallach) as Dr. Morgan slowly realizes how special EACH of these people are. There is a story, a life and a sacrifice behind each bed pan, each IV, each tired old Vet.

Some of this movie is melodramatic and it may go to some extremes to make its point, but it is worth the watch. The performances by ALL are very good and it's a cast that's to die for. Even the smaller roles (Jeffery Tambor, Lynne Thigpen, Julie Bovasso) are so well cast. If for no other reason, watch it today and remember those who have given the "full measure of devotion" for us all.


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