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Something the Lord Made (2004)

A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.

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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:

La création de Dieu See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Dr. Irving Sorkin, a retired dentist, was instrumental in getting Katie McCabe's article made into a feature film. Dr. Sorkin died of lymphoma on October 18, 2007, at the age of 88. See more »

Goofs

When Thomas shows Dr. Blalock how to do the anastomosis, Blalock sutures with a pair of artery forceps, not a needle holder. Artery forceps are used to grip tissue, not for suturing. He also holds them in his thumb and index finger, a rookie mistake amongst surgeons. They should be held in his thumb and ring finger. See more »

Quotes

Alfred Blalock: Vivian, that's a girl's name.
Vivien Thomas: Yes, my mother was so sure she was having a girl, she picked the name early and kept it.
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Connections

Referenced in Dead Teenagers (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Baltimore Bounce
Written by Keter Betts
Performed by Keter Betts, Harold Mann, Larry Willis and Jacques Johnson
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An Astonishing Achievement
2 June 2004 | by rsmolinSee all my reviews

Just about everything HBO Films produces is excellent, but this film rises into the higher levels of the stratosphere. Everything excellent about filmmaking can be found in this superb production. The story is one of the most compelling pieces of drama one could ever ask for. Medical history, black history --you name it --this film has it, and weaves a fact-based plot equal to any docu-drama ever made.

Needless to say Rickman and Def captivate us throughout the film--their regrets, frustrations, bonding, harmony and abrasiveness found between any two historic collaborators. What they achieved is one of the most significant advances in medicine ever! And the poignant life of Vivian Thomas who finally receives his just rewards--ah, the stuff that makes us all marvel at his steadfastness, his honor, his talent and pride!

This film will garner many rewards and will deserve every one of them. Hats off to the geniuses at HBO!


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