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Playing God (1997)

A disgraced surgeon leaves his former life and reinvents himself as a gunshot doctor in the criminal underworld.

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Andy Wilson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Dr. Eugene Sands
Timothy Hutton ... Raymond Blossom
Angelina Jolie ... Claire
Michael Massee ... Gage
Peter Stormare ... Vladimir
Andrew Tiernan ... Cyril
Gary Dourdan ... Yates
John Hawkes ... Flick
Will Stewart ... Perry
Philip Moon ... Casey
Pasha D. Lychnikoff ... Andrei (as Pavel D. Lynchnikoff)
Tracey Walter ... Jim
Sandra Kinder ... Sue
Bill Rosier Bill Rosier ... Jerry
Keone Young ... Mr. Ksi
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Storyline

Stripped of his medical license after performing an operation while high on amphetamines, famed LA surgeon Dr Eugene Sands abandons his former life only to find himself crossing paths with Raymond Blossom, an infamous counterfeiter. Employed as a "gun-shot doctor" when Raymond's associates cannot risk visiting a hospital, Eugene is lured deep into the criminal world and becomes entangled with his boss's girlfriend. Written by Anonymous

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Joining this deadly underworld was easy. But getting out...deadly! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence, gore, pervasive language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

17 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Playing God See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,937,374, 19 October 1997

Gross USA:

$4,166,918

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,166,918
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Angelina Jolie said in an interview that she filmed two sex scenes that were cut from the film. See more »

Goofs

After the shoot out, when the scene is being investigated, you can see one of the "corpses" take a deep breath. See more »

Quotes

Eugene: Now I get to use the line I always wanted to use in medical school. Take off your clothes and get under the sheets
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Written by The Angel (as Angel C) and Angie Hart
Performed by The Angel featuring Angie Hart
Courtesy of Supa Crucial Recordings
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God help this movie
16 November 1998 | by NewtsSee all my reviews

Hollywood possesses the penchant for remaking old classic films, such as Gus Van Sant's re-working of Hitchcock's Psycho. Here's an idea: instead of remaking GOOD movies, why don't we remake bad ones, and try to improve them? In such a world, I would nominate "Playing God" for a treatment. The premise is interesting, and the script, although at times uneven, has moments of poetic lyricism and some nice touches. So . . . what happened? The finger must be pointed at the performances, which fail to capture the essence of the screenplay. David Duchovny is cast against type as a drug-addled ex-physician, and Timothy Hutton's portrayal of gangster Raymond Blossom borders on the plane of villainy and its cariacture. Duchovny, whose deadpan delivery and solemn glances work fine in the X-Files, must realize that the role he's playing here is NOT Fox Mulder, but a much more unsympathetic character. Grade: C


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