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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.

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Joseph Sargent
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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 14 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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.

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Biography | Drama

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Trivia

Based in part on the magazine article "Like Something The Lord Made" by Katie McCabe. It was published in the Washingtonian, and earned McCabe the 1990 National Magazine Feature Writing Award. 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: ...I obtained a raise for you, 25 extra dollars a month on top of what you're already making. That's 300 for the whole year. Will that be sufficient?
Vivien Thomas: What job classification?
Alfred Blalock: Surgical Technician, I got you promoted.
Clara Thomas: [Politely sarcastic] Promoted, to what he already does.
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Alan Rickman Performances (2016) 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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Official Sites:

HBO [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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