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Living Proof (2008)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 18 October 2008
A doctor devotes his life's work to finding a cure for breast cancer.

Director:

Dan Ireland

Writers:

Vivienne Radkoff (teleplay), Robert Bazell (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Connick Jr. ... Dr. Dennis Slamon
Tammy Blanchard ... Nicole Wilson
Amanda Bynes ... Jamie McGrath
Jennifer Coolidge ... Tish
Angie Harmon ... Lilly Tartikoff
John Benjamin Hickey ... Blake Rogers
Regina King ... Ellie Jackson
Swoosie Kurtz ... Elizabeth
Paula Cale ... Donna Slamon (as Paula Cale Lisbe)
Amy Madigan ... Fran Visco
Bernadette Peters ... Barbara Bradfield
Trudie Styler ... Tina
Bruce McKinnon ... Dean Bradfield
Jackson Hurst ... Josh
Tom Nowicki ... Carl Reinhardt
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Storyline

A doctor devotes his life's work to finding a cure for breast cancer.

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Plot Keywords:

cancer | drug | herceptin | oncologist | See All (4) »

Taglines:

You can create miracles with hope.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Lifetime TV

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Living Proof See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (PAL DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Regina King and Jennifer Coolidge co-starred in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde and A Cinderella Story See more »

Goofs

After Donna joins Dennis Slamon in the swing, his right hand is on her elbow. After the cut to another angle she is suddenly turned further towards him with his hand is on her side. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hope and Miracles: The Making of 'Living Proof' (2009) See more »

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We Wish You A Merry Christmas
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Arranged by Joe Lervold
Performed by The Joel Evans Quartet
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An Incredibly Inspirational, Labor of Love, Made-for-TV, True Story!
3 June 2017 | by KissEnglishPastoSee all my reviews

It's usually best to try to be somewhat objective when writing a review. This simply wasn't possible in the case of "Living Proof". It's hard to be objective about death. My mother-in-law succumbed to cancer on February 24, almost 6 months ago to the day of posting this review. "MUST SEE" is a phrase you won't find in ANY of my 50 reviews… until today.

For those of us who have had someone dear struck down by cancer, this is one film you owe it to yourself to see. As is frequently the case with true stories, the old "Truth IS Stranger than Fiction" adage inescapably comes to mind after viewing. With health care a hot- button issue that has figured prominently in the news, almost on a daily basis, in recent months, "Living Proof" should appeal to anyone and everyone who has an interest in this pivotal issue.

The central thread of the story focuses on Dr. Dennis Slamon's heroic and arduous 12 year marathon research campaign to acquire FDA approval for his tumor-shrinking drug, Hercepton. Dr. Slamon, almost single- handed, eventually triumphs over a seemingly endless and insurmountable array of bureaucratic and administrative hurdles. Both Living Proof's true story itself and the ensemble acting merit 5*!

Considering it's made for TV origin, it is rather unusual to see three name actresses appear in the same film. Regina King, Swoosie Kurtz and Bernadette Peters all turn in Emmy nomination caliber performances. Harry Connick Jr., who portrays Dr. Slamon, does a commendable job, albeit not quite at the level of the 3 aforementioned actors. The following is an unresearched comment: Owing to the subject matter of this movie, I don't think it's much of a leap to assume that for many of the actors and crew involved, Living Proof was a labor of love.

Of course, it is difficult to watch at times, because watching people who are inconsolable, begging for medication that is their only viable hope for staying alive, isn't easy. It brought me to tears several times. The maudlin music was unoriginal and too prominent at times, for example.


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