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Breast Men (1997)

A movie about two doctors who created breast implants as this follows them over the years. However, when success and money come their way, they separate and follow different paths.

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Lawrence O'Neil

Writer:

John Stockwell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Schwimmer ... Dr. Kevin Saunders
Chris Cooper ... Dr. William Larson
Emily Procter ... Laura Pierson
Matt Frewer ... Gerald Krzemien
Terry O'Quinn ... Hersch Lawyer
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Timmi-Jean Lindsey
John Stockwell ... Robert Renaud
Lisa Marie ... Vanessa
Louise Fletcher ... Mrs. Saunders
Michael Cavanaugh ... Harry
Michael Chieffo ... Dave
Patrick Cronin ... Committee Head (as Pat Cronin)
Amanda Foreman ... Lola
Lyle Lovett ... Research Scientist
Julie McCullough ... 1970's Head Receptionist
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A young plastic surgery intern gets tired of watching exciting developments in other fields (artificial hearts, etc). He finds a current, safe type of breast implants. All he has to do is convince his supervising surgeon this will work, and find a volunteer for the first patient. They gain immense financial success as cosmetic breast augmentation surgeries become accepted and frequented in American culture, but follow different paths. One becomes a narcissist interested in developing and implanting larger-sized implants popular with erotic dancers and female porn stars. The other continues to pursue a more serious, clinical approach for the everyday woman. Written by <rstory@revelstone.com>

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They changed the shape of the 20th century. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Breast Men See more »

Filming Locations:

Galveston, Texas, USA See more »

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Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The parking garage scene is filmed from the roof of the Continental Center garage, with a building in the former Enron complex in Houston, Texas visible in the right of the shot. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Larson's tuxedo jacket goes from unbuttoned to buttoned to unbuttoned again during his argument with Dr. Saunders (and then he buttons his jacket as they conclude their discussion). See more »

Quotes

[a board reads "Valerie - 34D, Veterinarian". The board claps. With her face out of view, a topless Valerie talks to us]
Valerie: I won't say the operation didn't hurt 'cause it felt like a ton of bricks fell on my chest. But the first time I saw my two new best friends, I was like, "Oh, my God! It was worth it!" My shoulders fit me now, I have a waist... I've been reborn! I rock! This is the way that I was always meant to look.
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The following is basically a true story, slightly augmented. See more »

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References Falcon Crest (1981) See more »

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Somethin' Else
Written by Bob Cochran (as Bobby Cochran) and Sharon Sheeley
Performed by Eddie Cochran
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Special Markets
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A serious social and legal critique in a funny way
2 December 2004 | by CALawyerSee all my reviews

Breast men provides a decades long history of silicone breast implants in the United States, from development by a Texas team of reconstructive surgeons to their downfall at the hands of aggressive litigation. Now that science has established no link between silicone implants and connective tissue or other diseases, the film stands as a commentary on both women's social drive for larger breasts (Is it that men want larger breasts on their partners, or that women think men want them to have larger breasts?) and the devastating effect the legal system can have when driven by sympathy.

Mixed in with the storyline are comments from women, shown only in naked torso. They state why they want larger breasts, or how they feel about themselves with natural or enhanced physiques. Whether true or not, their comments have the ring of truth and give the film the air of authenticity; women dissatisfied with their appearance who long for "better" breasts. To their aid comes David Schwimmer, as a young doctor/inventor who devises an implant after seeing a neighbor trying out "bigger breast" creams and exercises. In partnership with Chris Cooper and Dow Corning, they develop the silicone breast implant and the procedure for installing it.

Their partnership appears foundering, until Schwimmer advertises (itself a medical no-no), which brings women in droves seeking a better look. Then the partnership angrily dissolves over money; Schwimmer ends up on the seamier side of breast enlargement, strippers and such. Cooper still works the richer clientele, until he is confronted at a medical convention by a woman with significant subcutaneous scarring and deformation. With lawyers blaming the doctors, and the Clinton-era FDA forcing withdrawal of the product, both doctors go down hard.

Emily Proctor provides a look from the female side. As a nurse her character is drawn to Schwimmer's dream of a "perfect body" for every woman, and at the same time slightly repulsed by talking openly about the subject.

What drives someone to plastic surgeons? More particularly, what drives a woman to want larger breasts? The film doesn't answer the questions, nor does it directly ask them, but when it's over the tragic consequences of wanting to look "perfect" lingers. The impact of lawyers on society, and in particular the medical malpractice profession, lingers as well. With a sympathetic clientele, and little good science on their side, a small group of lawyers literally brought down an industrial giant (Dow), and created panic among tens of thousands of women. Ten years later, science has clearly established they were wrong, but society has no mechanism for punishing the lawyers.


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