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

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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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$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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Disney were planning on releasing the film in May 1997, but after some negative test screenings, they decided to quickly re-edit the film to make it better, and the picture missed it's release date. The film eventually premiered the following September. See more »

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Dance music is mixed in too quietly during a club scene; you can clearly hear the actors' feet shuffling on the floor, yet they're all shouting at each other. See more »

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Claire: Where are we?
Eugene Sands: My family's summer home. When I was a kid, whenever a friend of mine would get shot, I'd bring him here.
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These Boots Were Made for Walking
Written by Lee Hazlewood
Performed by Family of God featuring Adam Peters
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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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