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My Own Country (1998)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 1998
"My Own Country" tells the story of an East Indian doctor who settles in Johnson City, Tennessee. The doctor's name is Abraham Verghese, and he specializes in infectious diseases. It's 1985... See full summary »

Director:

Mira Nair

Writers:

Abraham Verghese (book), Jim Leonard (screenplay) (as Jim Leonard Jr.) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Naveen Andrews ... Dr. Abraham Verghese
Glenne Headly ... Vickie Talley
Hal Holbrook ... Lloyd Flanders
Swoosie Kurtz ... Hope Flanders
Marisa Tomei ... Mattie Vines
Adam Tomei Adam Tomei ... Gordon Vines
Ellora Patnaik ... Rajani Verghese
Peter MacNeill ... Allen
Sean Hewitt ... Chester Mews
William Webster William Webster ... Langdon Arwood
Sharon Dyer Sharon Dyer ... Mrs. Vines
David Fox ... Mr. Vines
Colleen Williams Colleen Williams ... Carol
Ranjit Chowdhry ... Vadivel
Ishwar Mooljee Ishwar Mooljee ... Dr. S.B.T.
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"My Own Country" tells the story of an East Indian doctor who settles in Johnson City, Tennessee. The doctor's name is Abraham Verghese, and he specializes in infectious diseases. It's 1985, and AIDS is spreading from the big cities to the rural areas. Abraham takes AIDS as his personal crusade and is soon well-known for his compassion and non-judgmental treatment. He soon becomes overwhelmed with patients from the surrounding states, which strains his marriage. Written by Bill Alward

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Even a small town must face the truth.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some frank sexual discussion | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az én országom See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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What a pain?
30 March 2002 | by HunterDKSee all my reviews

Yesterday I watched this tv production, and I was very disappointed.

I didn't have big expectations when it was a tv production, but the complete movie was pain with no ending. I felt it lasted for 3 hours, but it was just me who was bored to death. Every minute was a long struggle and I really fought hard to stay away from the "turn off"-switch.

The movie is about a doctor (Dr. Verghese) who gets a lot of AIDS-patients, and most of them die during the movie. It is hard for Verghese to live with, so his family gets punished with his frustrations. However this movie has problems showing both sides, it mostly focuses on his conversations with the patients, and sometimes we see flicks from his home, but we don't get much. The difficulties to show more than one part of Verghese's life doesn't get any better with the poor acting from Naveen Andrews, a man I (hopefully) can't see in any good future movies.

I believe it got 7,6 because of the subject (taboo?), but I'm sure that there are better movies about this subject on the market. Stay away from this movie, it does not deserve more than 3/10.


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