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Critical Care (1997)

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Werner Ernst is a young hospital resident who becomes embroiled in a legal battle between two half-sisters who are fighting over the care of their comatose father. But are they really ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

Richard Dooling (novel), Steven Schwartz (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Spader ... Dr. Werner Ernst
Kyra Sedgwick ... Felicia Potter
Helen Mirren ... Stella
Anne Bancroft ... Nun
Albert Brooks ... Dr. Butz
Jeffrey Wright ... Bed Two
Margo Martindale ... Connie Potter
Wallace Shawn ... Furnaceman
Philip Bosco ... Dr. Hofstader
Colm Feore ... Wilson
Edward Herrmann ... Robert Payne
James Lally James Lally ... Poindexter
Harvey Atkin ... Judge Fatale
Al Waxman ... Sheldon Hatchett
Hamish McEwan ... Hansen
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Storyline

Werner Ernst is a young hospital resident who becomes embroiled in a legal battle between two half-sisters who are fighting over the care of their comatose father. But are they really fighting over their father's care, or over his $10 million estate? Meanwhile, Werner must contend with his nutty supervisor, who insists that he only care for patients with full insurance. Can Werner sidestep the hospital's legal team and do what's best for the patient? Written by Martin Lewison <mlewison@utk.edu>

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At Memorial Hospital no one ever dies... Until their insurance runs out.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuidados Intensivos See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,380, 2 November 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$141,853, 16 November 1997
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

[first lines]
Stella: [dropping clipboard] That's six's blood gases. I'm up to oxygen 60%.
Dr. Werner Ernst: Thank you.
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Soundtracks

Quintet in G Minor, K516
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Pinchas Zukerman and The Tokyo String Quartet
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An amazing bittersweet film that went undetected and unnoticed...........why?
6 April 2006 | by misha25See all my reviews

It is hard to say HOW this film escaped my radar..... Just saw it in IFC and was amazed at the breadth of talent on it along with the wonderful ideas.

Would like to see it a couple of more times just to digest it.

Don't own a TV - my girlfriend does; I only watch it when I see her.

Why on earth this movie did not get proper distribution ?

Strongly recommend.

Wallace Shawn's character made me think of All that Jazz - don't ask me why. Maybe due to their life/death discussions.

Ed Hermann was really astonishing as a lawyer.Kira Sedgwick and James Spader were

truly wonderful together.

Hope to hear some feedback.


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