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...First Do No Harm (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 16 February 1997
The story of one woman's struggle against a narrow-minded medical establishment.

Director:

Jim Abrahams

Writer:

Ann Beckett
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Lori Reimuller
Fred Ward ... Dave Reimuller
Seth Adkins ... Robbie Reimuller
Margo Martindale ... Marjean
Allison Janney ... Dr. Melanie Abbasac
Oni Faida Lampley Oni Faida Lampley ... Marsha Williams
Leo Burmester ... Bob Purdue
Tom Butler ... Dr. Jim Peterson
Mairon Bennett Mairon Bennett ... Lynne Reimuller
Michael Yarmush Michael Yarmush ... Mark Reimuller
Sean McCann
Millicent Kelly Millicent Kelly ... Self
Philip Williams
Philip Akin Philip Akin
Damir Andrei Damir Andrei
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Storyline

When Lori Reimuller learns that her young son Robbie has epilepsy, she first trusts the judgment of the hospital staff in how best to bring it under control. As Robbie's health slides radically downhill, however, she becomes frustrated and desperate, and so does her own research into the existing literature on treatments. When she decides to try an alternative treatment called the Ketogenic Diet, devised long ago by a doctor from Johns Hopkins, she is met with narrow-minded resistance from Robbie's doctor, who is prepared to take legal action to prevent Lori from removing him from the hospital. This movie is an indictment of those in the medical profession who discuss only the treatment options they favor. Several of the minor characters are portrayed by people who have been not just helped, but cured by the Ketogenic diet. Written by Debra K. Day <dday@uic.edu>

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense emotional and physical depiction of a child's illness | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jim Abrahams, normally a comedy director, was attracted to the project because of his own young son Charlie's epilepsy. (Charlie makes a brief appearance in the film as Robbie Reimuller's playmate.) See more »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Over the Rainbow
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Aretha Franklin
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Powerful...
3 July 2000 | by ZeroG1See all my reviews

This was a pleasant surprise from Jim Abrahams, better known for his work on the Zucker Brothers' movies (Airplane!, The Naked Gun). The point is, however, that this movie is probably a good example of cinematic drama if I've ever seen it. 4*s.


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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

...First Do No Harm See more »

Filming Locations:

Orono, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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