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Something the Lord Made (2004)

TV-PG | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 30 May 2004
A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.

Director:

Joseph Sargent
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 17 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Rickman ... Dr. Alfred Blalock
Yasiin Bey ... Vivien Thomas (as Mos Def)
Kyra Sedgwick ... Mary Blalock
Gabrielle Union ... Clara Thomas
Merritt Wever ... Mrs. Saxon
Clayton LeBouef Clayton LeBouef ... Harold Thomas
Charles S. Dutton ... William Thomas (as Charles Dutton)
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Dr. Helen Taussig
Cliff McMullen Cliff McMullen ... Lodel Williams
Luray Cooper ... Charles Manlove
Irene Ziegler ... Frances Grebel
John Emmanuel John Emmanuel ... Man at park
Harold J. Abell Sr. Harold J. Abell Sr. ... Man #1
Michael E. Russell Michael E. Russell ... Bank Officer
Henri Edmonds Henri Edmonds ... Mary Thomas
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Storyline

Alfred Blalock (1899-1964), a cardiologist (therefore, self-confident to the point of arrogance), leaves Vanderbilt for Johns Hopkins taking with him his lab technician, Vivien Thomas (1910-1985). Thomas, an African-American without a college degree, is a gifted mechanic and tool-maker with hands splendidly adept at surgery. In 1941, Blalock and Thomas take on the challenge of blue babies and invent bypass surgery. After trials on dogs, their first patient is baby Eileen, sure to die without the surgery. In defiance of custom and Jim Crow, Blalock brings Thomas into the surgery to advise him, but when Life Magazine and kudos come, Thomas is excluded. Will he receive his due? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A breakthrough that changed the face of medicine. A unique partnership that broke the rules.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

HBO [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Something the Lord Made See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

According to a Johns Hopkins Medical Archives website about Blalock, Thomas, Taussig, and the Blue Baby surgeries, Eileen Saxon, the infant depicted in the movie as the first to undergo the procedure, became cyanotic again several months later. She died after another attempt at the surgery. Her experience helped the surgical team determine that the procedure worked best on patients who were over 3 years old. See more »

Goofs

When Blalock is eating dinner and attempting to get Vivian a raise, his napkin changes places between shots. See more »

Quotes

Alfred Blalock: Mine was only proud of the fact that I could wiggle my ears.
Vivien Thomas: I think he'll be proud when you operate.
Alfred Blalock: He's dead.
Vivien Thomas: The dead are with us all the time, I believe. Can't separate the past from the future any more than you can a right arm and your left arm.
Alfred Blalock: Ah but you see they are separated by this, by the heart.
Vivien Thomas: Or connected.
Alfred Blalock: Or connected.
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Connections

Featured in The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2005) See more »

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Baltimore Bounce
Written by Keter Betts
Performed by Keter Betts, Harold Mann, Larry Willis and Jacques Johnson
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Among the Most Inspirational Movies Ever Made
3 July 2004 | by KensFunMailSee all my reviews

This is absolutely one of the most inspirational movies I've ever seen. The story line was great - The life and times of one of the greatest surgeons the United States has ever produced (Alfred Blalock), played by Alan Rickman, along with his lab assistant Vivien Thomas, played by Mos Def. The acting was superb. If anyone has studied medical history, we are perhaps more familiar with the work of Denton Cooley and William Longmire. Both have spots in this movie, as students of Dr. Blalock. I highly recommend this movie. It is very much a surprise how the lives of these two men - Blalock and Thomas could have been overlooked for so long. Because of their work with "Blue Babies", they both have achieved immortality. The rating of "R" stems only from the sometimes strong (but very real) language.


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