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...First Do No Harm ()


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The story of one woman's struggle against a narrow-minded medical establishment.

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  • Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations.
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Lori Reimuller
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Dave Reimuller
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Robbie Reimuller
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Marjean
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Dr. Melanie Abbasac
Oni Faida Lampley ...
Marsha Williams
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Bob Purdue
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Dr. Jim Peterson
Mairon Bennett ...
Lynne Reimuller
Michael Yarmush ...
Mark Reimuller
Sean McCann
Millicent Kelly ...
Herself
Philip Akin
Damir Andrei
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Gail
Charlie Abrahams ...
Playroom Playmate
Diana Belshaw ...
Business Rep.
Lorraine Brockway ...
Lili's Grandmother
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Grocery Checker
Dick Callahan ...
Gene Falconetti
Hugo Dann ...
Priest
Douglas Foster ...
Orderly
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Clinic Receptionist
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Indigent Woman
Ann Holloway ...
Helen
Kelly Knutsen ...
Security Guard
Darlene Mignacco ...
Nurse Trish
Marianne Moroney ...
Playroom Mom
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Hogelman Nurse
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Nurse
Jennifer Roblin ...
Young M.D.
Robert Seale ...
Dr. Alison
Barbara Stewart ...
Librarian
Austin Strugnell ...
Classmate
Mark Taylor ...
Spinal Tap Physician
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Young Teacher
Lorna Wilson ...
Mother Superior
Timm Zemanek ...
Loan Rep.
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Head Librarian (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jim Abrahams

Written by

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Ann Beckett ... (written by)

Produced by

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Jim Abrahams ... executive producer / producer
Howard Braunstein ... executive producer
Michael Jaffe ... executive producer
Alda Neves ... co-producer
Meryl Streep ... executive producer

Music by

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Hummie Mann

Cinematography by

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Pierre Letarte ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Terry Stokes

Editorial Department

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Kimberley Bradley ... post-production assistant (as Kim Bradley)
Alan Z. McCurdy ... assistant editor
Chris Blacklock ... colorist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Deirdre Bowen
Jackie Burch

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Karen Bromley

Set Decoration by

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Wayne Jacques

Costume Design by

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Lynne MacKay

Makeup Department

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Mary-Lou Green-Benvenuti ... key hair stylist
Christine Hart ... key makeup artist
J. Roy Helland ... hair stylist: Meryl Steep / makeup artist: Meryl Steep

Production Management

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Marilyn Stonehouse ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Patrick Arias ... dga trainee
Cynthia Clayton ... second assistant director
Libby Hodgson ... first assistant director
Kevin Hourigan ... third assistant director
Mary Sylwester ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Ronald Bunt ... head carpenter (as Ron Bunt)
Nonie Ferguson ... first assistant art director
Mike Franklin ... assistant property master
Willi Holst ... head painter (as Willie Holst)
John Mackenzie ... construction coordinator
Henry Piersig ... set dresser
Jeff Poulis ... property master
Brian Verhoog ... second assistant art director
Mary Arthurs ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Michele Cook ... dialogue editor
Keith Elliott ... second sound mixer
Colin Jones ... boom operator
Tom Mather ... sound mixer
Scott Purdy ... lead mixer
Scott Shepherd ... third mixer (as Scott Shephard)
Arnie Stewart ... sound editor (as Arnold Stewart)

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Laird McMurray ... special effects

Stunts

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Marco Bianco ... stunt coordinator
Tony Cordeiro ... stunts
Robert Hannah ... stunts (as Bobby Hannah)
Ron Van Hart ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Kevin Alanthwaite ... gaffer
Michelle Beaudette ... second assistant camera
Jonathan Billings ... key grip
David Breeze ... best boy electric
Hugh Brule ... dolly grip
Philippe Champion ... first assistant camera
Henri Fiks ... camera operator
Robert Johnson ... best boy grip
Anita Kuno ... camera trainee
Bruce Macaulay ... still photographer

Casting Department

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Donna Dupere ... extras casting
Elizabeth Marx ... casting associate: USA
Paula Zetterberg ... casting assistant: Canada

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ann Henshaw ... assistant costume designer
Karen Renaut ... wardrobe mistress (as Karen Renault)
Marcia Scott ... assistant wardrobe

Location Management

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Debra Beers ... location manager (as Debbie Beers)
Beverley Kolbe ... assistant location manager
Ron Tailleur ... location production assistant

Transportation Department

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Pat Deaudrow ... head driver (as Pat Beaudrow)
Matt Garland ... driver captain
Jim Kennedy ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Amy Berkenbile ... assistant: Mr. Braunstein
Jack I. Bernstein ... assistant: Mr. Abrahams (as Jack Bernstein)
Jack Boem ... production assistant
Lesley Boylen ... assistant production coordinator (as Leslie Boylen)
Shelley A. Boylen ... production coordinator
Laurel Bresnahan ... tutor
Cara Chisholm ... stand-in: Seth Adkins
Andrea H. Greaney ... assistant accountant (as Andrea Greaney)
Edythe Hall ... production accountant (as Edyth Hall)
Lynn Josephson Delaney ... assistant: Mr. Jaffe (as Lynne Delaney Josephson)
Candy Langan ... assistant: Ms. Streep
Christine Manning ... stand-in: Ms. Streep
Mary McCusker ... acting coach: Seth Adkins
Blanche McDermaid ... script supervisor
Jerri Nichols-Sutherling ... medical consultant
Rick Parker ... wrangler
Fero Prokop ... stand-in: Mr. Ward
William W. Sutherling ... medical consultant

Thanks

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Alex Applefeld ... special thanks
Kevin Bacon ... special thanks
George Cawood ... special thanks
Rosalind M. Curtis ... special thanks
Ed Ham ... thanks
Lisa Marucci ... special thanks
Cath O'Brien ... special thanks (as Cathy O'Brien)
Michael Rintoul ... special thanks
Vesna Svilanovic ... special thanks (as Vesna Svilanovich)
Paul Taylor ... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Au risque de te perdre (Canada, French title)
  • Au risque de te perdre (France)
  • Juramento hipocrático (Spain)
  • Quiero salvar a mi hijo (Spain)
  • ...First do no harm (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 94 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Meryl Streep was so moved by the subject of the project that she gave her time freely and was not compensated financially. See more »
Movie Connections References The Wizard of Oz (1939). See more »
Soundtracks Over the Rainbow See more »

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