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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Alfred Blalock
... Vivien Thomas (as Mos Def)
... Mary Blalock
... Clara Thomas
... Mrs. Saxon
Clayton LeBouef ... Harold Thomas
... William Thomas (as Charles Dutton)
... Dr. Helen Taussig
Cliff McMullen ... Lodel Williams
... Charles Manlove
... Frances Grebel
John Emmanuel ... Man at park
Harold J. Abell Sr. ... Man #1
Michael E. Russell ... Bank Officer
Henri Edmonds ... Mary Thomas
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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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30 May 2004 (USA)  »

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La création de Dieu  »

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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

Eileen Saxon becomes pink, with an oxygen saturation level (SpO2) of 100%, immediately after she receives the very first Blalock-Taussig Shunt. The BT Shunt is a palliative procedure, and does NOT fully correct the cyanosis; normal post-procedure SpO2 is 80-85%. The cyanosis may be corrected later with another procedure. See more »

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Alfred Blalock: Where you see risks, I see opportunity.
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Featured in The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2004) See more »

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Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Written by Hugh Prince (as Hughie Prince) and Don Raye
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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4 January 2005 | by See 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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