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Gray's Anatomy (1996)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 19 March 1997 (USA)
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

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

Spalding Gray has an eye condition that can be surgically corrected. He decides to seek alternate treatment and embarks on a journey that will take him to Christian Science, Native American sweat lodges and psychic surgeons, among others. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Anatomia de Gray See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

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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I Love a Good Storyteller
28 May 2002 | by MscellanySee all my reviews

There is not much that beats a well told tale. If it is told through television or film, a good storyteller is worth more than a billion dollars of special effects. This little film tickles and delights and causes us to ponder the wonders of medicine and the human psyche.

Spalding Gray has a "photographic memory" which allows him to describe things in fascinating detail. He also has a rather neurotic take on the world, just slightly askew from the norm...which allows us to enjoy a more entertaining vantage point. Above all, Mr. Gray loves to spin a tale. He delights in sharing stories and tying them all together in one general rant.

This particular one-man-rant appealed to me even more than his others. Perhaps I liked it because I sought alternatives cures to my own illness and know all the crazies out there. Perhaps I liked it because I was raised by an optometrist and worked in his office a few summers...just enough to appreciate his eye condition (macular pucker) and his fear. Whatever the reason, I really enjoyed this and want to share it with all my friends now.


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