After doctors inform him that an eye affliction will require risky surgery, monologist Spalding Gray recounts his various pursuits for alternative medicine to avoid the doctor's scalpel.

Director:

Steven Soderbergh

Writers:

Spalding Gray (monologue), Renée Shafransky (monologue) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview:
Spalding Gray ... Self
Mike McLaughlin Mike McLaughlin ... Self
Melissa Robertson Melissa Robertson ... Self
Alvin Henry Alvin Henry ... Self
Alyne Hargroder Alyne Hargroder ... Self
Buddy Carr Buddy Carr ... Self
Gerry Urso Gerry Urso ... Self
Chris Simms Chris Simms ... Self
Tommy Staub Tommy Staub ... Self
Kirk A. Patrick Jr. Kirk A. Patrick Jr. ... Self
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Storyline

After doctors inform him that an eye affliction will require risky surgery, monologist Spalding Gray recounts his various pursuits for alternative medicine to avoid the doctor's scalpel.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The Broadway performance of "Gray's Anatomy" by Spalding Gray opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on November 28, 1993, ran for 13 performances and closed on January 3, 1994. A repeat performance reopened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on June 5, 1994, ran for 8 performances and closed on June 27, 1994. See more »

Goofs

The earpieces of the stethoscopes are supposed to have the slant toward the front because that is the way the ear canal in the skull runs. Every scene shows them just obscuring sound using the stethoscope with the slant toward the back of the user's head. Its an error against anatomy. See more »

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Spalding Gray: I looked across the park, and in the distance I saw leaves blowing in the wind, bunch of children running, a red ball rolling, a flock of starlings taking off. I covered my right eye:
[suiting hand actions to words]
Spalding Gray: no leaves. Blur of children, blotch of red, no birds. Covered my left: ah! Ecstacy. Cover my right: despair. Ecstacy. Despair. And I realized at that moment that I was now living the perfect yin and yang existence.
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Crazy Credits

Although inspired by actual events, the characters and events depicted in the monologue portion of this motion picture have been fictionalized. Any similarity to actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »

Connections

References Un Chien Andalou (1929) See more »

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A fascinating, hilarious and insightful little film
3 October 2001 | by craigjclarkSee all my reviews

Made during the time when Steven Soderbergh was in the process of reinventing himself (see also "Schizopolis," made the same year), this is a wonderfully inventive film with a kinetic visual style to match Spalding Gray's verbal gymnastics. This is the kind of film that stays with you long after you've finished watching it, thanks to Gray's performance -- he is a terrific storyteller -- and Soderbergh's imaginative staging.

Caveat: If you're at all squeamish when it comes to graphic descriptions of eye injuries, this film may not be your cup of tea.


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gray's Anatomy See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,690, 23 March 1997

Gross USA:

$29,090

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,090
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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