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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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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

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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 Blalock is eating dinner and attempting to get Vivian a raise, his napkin changes places between shots. See more »

Quotes

[Vivien is abruptly leaving the laboratory]
Alfred Blalock: We have work to do.
Vivien Thomas: Do I have your permission, to do some work for my landlord, so I can pay my rent?
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Subterranean Homesick Blues
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Bob Dylan
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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4 January 2005 | by rwerblinSee all my reviews

I'm a physician who has been involved with children with congenital heart disease, including "blue babies." This movie will move you, regardless of who you are. Drs. Blalock & Taussig, whose ingenious procedure is used to convey the aspects of this film (Blalock-Taussig Shunt), were two of my 'heros.' The amazing genius and operative dexterity of surgical research phenomenon Vivian Thomas, and his focus on, love for, and persistence with his work against seemingly unscale-able obstacles, in superbly portrayed by Mos Def. His achievements, out of his background and lack of opportunities, made me feel that I should have been able to do much more than I have, given how much more was just handed to me. We should all feel we can accomplish greatly, and without resorting to destructive acts or words, when seeing the manner with which this class-act man performed. The depiction of the incredible bravery of Blalock, Taussig, and Thomas, who were embarking on not just uncharted, but forbidden surgical waters, warned that if such an "adventure" went awry, they'd be "on their own", made me feel timid and lacking in fortitude, by comparison. SEE (actually FEEL) THIS MOVIE!!


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