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The Medicine Show (2001)

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A cynical young man, diagnosed with cancer, meets a brash young leukemia patient in the hospital who more than matches his distaste for IV drips and weepy sentimentality.

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Wendell Morris

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Wendell Morris
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Silverman ... Taylor Darcy
Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Lynn Piegi
Greg Grunberg ... Barry
Kari Wuhrer ... Gwendolyn
Annabelle Gurwitch ... Melissa
Maz Jobrani ... Dr. Michel
Jason Lemons Jason Lemons ... Evin Darcy
Dennis Lipscomb ... Dr. Votkiff
Patty McCormack ... Janice Piegi
Norman Parker ... Anthony Piegi
Mark Brodie Mark Brodie ... Gerald the Intern
Lisa Arning ... Wet Dream Nurse
Tom Sheppard ... Strolling Minstrel
Elizabeth Beckwith ... Perky Woman in Elevator
Howard Mann Howard Mann ... Mr. Melanoma
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A cynical young man, diagnosed with cancer, meets a brash young leukemia patient in the hospital who more than matches his distaste for IV drips and weepy sentimentality.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Medicina é um Show See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Best Natasha Wagner film to date
14 June 2004 | by OrdinaryfoolisNJSee all my reviews

Natasha Wagner has had her ups and downs in terms of performance in the movies, however, in this film, she shines.

She gives a surprisingly authentic performance -- warm, funny, touching, and at times sad. Jonathan Silverman is funny, lighthearted, and has a surprisingly wonderful chemistry with Wagner.

This film is a love story between two too young people who have cancer. But they aren't victims, but rather survivors.

They even manage to explore their sexuality towards each other in a very natural, believable, and sweet way. They play "meet the parents" under the most trying conditions. They also fight and make up. As all lovers do. They live life in the midst of the routines of hospital life. And possible death.

Natasha Wagner triumphs as she doesn't give into self pity, but continues to seek relationships in the face of disappointment and probable death (her scene when she finds out that she can no longer have children is the best of her career). She's different but fun, and this attracts Silverman (as well as the viewer).

Silverman learns how to crack the protective shell around his heart brought by the deaths of his parents (one by the same cancer that he is recovering from, one from the loss of her mate), with support and love of Wagner.

The supporting cast are also funny and real. This is a wonderful little independent film delight!


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