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Playing God (1997)

When he loses his job, a famed surgeon abandons his former life and enters the criminal underworld as a gunshot doctor for criminals.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Eugene Sands
... Raymond Blossom
... Claire
... Gage
... Vladimir
... Cyril
... Yates
... Flick
... Perry
... Casey
... Andrei (as Pavel D. Lynchnikoff)
... Jim
... Sue
Bill Rosier ... Jerry
... Mr. Ksi
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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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Power to heal. Power to kill. Hell to pay. See more »

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Crime | Thriller | Drama

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

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17 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Playing Hero  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,937,374, 19 October 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,052,347, 9 November 1997
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1.85 : 1
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David Duchovny plays a doctor asked by a criminal to help his friend. Duchovny says "He's dead." Pointing a gun at Duchovny, the criminal says, "Well, fix him!" Duchovny responds, "I'll see what I can do." Twenty years earlier, in A Bridge Too Far (1977), James Caan plays a soldier who takes a wounded comrade to a field doctor. After the doctor tells him his friend is dead, Caan points a gun at the doctor and insists that he look at his friend. The doctor replies, "I can give him a quick examination if you like." See more »

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Photographs are being taken at a Lakers game with a digital camera to which the sound person has added the familiar sound of a motor drive. While a digital camera does not make the sound of a motor drive or winder when advancing to the next frame, most digital cameras include the sound effect as a feature. See more »

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Eugene: I guess I should have felt better after saving that man's life, but I didn't. It just made me miss more what I once was. Like a prisoner getting one day out in the sun, it just made the prison seem that much more dismal.
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Apt. 8-C
Written by Joseph L. Altruda (as Joey Altruda)
Performed by Joey Altruda and His Cocktail Crew (as Joey Altruda and The Cocktail Crew)
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God help this movie
16 November 1998 | by See 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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