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The Widowmaker (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary, News | 27 February 2015 (USA)
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Every minute of every year an American drops dead of a heart attack, hundreds of thousands without any warning or prior symptom. But these people could have been saved. The Widowmaker ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gillian Anderson ... Herself - Narrator (voice)
Melinda Murray Melinda Murray ... Herself - Lost Husband to Heart Attack
Julio Palmaz Julio Palmaz ... Himself - Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio (as Dr. Julio Palmaz)
Martin B. Leon Martin B. Leon ... Himself - Columbia University Medical Center, NYC (as Prof. Martin B. Leon)
Larry King ... Himself - Heart Attack Survivor
Bruce H. Brundage Bruce H. Brundage ... Himself - Former Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine
Douglas P. Boyd Douglas P. Boyd ... Himself - Former Professor of Radiology, UCSF
Daniel Bos Daniel Bos ... Himself - Son of Otto Bos
Arthur Agatston ... Himself - Doctor
Warren Janowitz Warren Janowitz ... Himself - Baptist Hospital of Miami
Harvey S. Hecht Harvey S. Hecht ... Himself - Professor, Mount Sinai Medical Center
John A. Rumberger John A. Rumberger ... Himself - Princeton Longevity Center
Matthew Budoff Matthew Budoff ... Himself - Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute
Samin K. Sharma Samin K. Sharma ... Himself - Mount Sinai Medical Center
Steven Nissen Steven Nissen ... Himself - Cleveland Clinic


Every minute of every year an American drops dead of a heart attack, hundreds of thousands without any warning or prior symptom. But these people could have been saved. The Widowmaker uncovers a chilling tale of greed, ego, and a conspiracy of silence around that most vulnerable of human organs - the heart. Written by Anonymous

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A great and important documentary
29 July 2016 | by ksmail-1See all my reviews

I've had this movie on my watchlist for a while and just now got around to watching it, and boy am I glad that I did.

This was really a fascinating and rich documentary. It is about medical industry technologies in relation to heart attacks and the developments that have been made the past 20 years, specifically a few types of technologies.

Helpful technologies are suppressed, due to a mixture of ignorance, greed, and blind faith in old knowledge among those wielding the power of change in the medical community.

Luckily over the years these new forms of heart attack prevention and treatments have been widely accepted and adopted, due to various occurrences which are described in the movie.

At times the movie will present you with real 911 calls, to solidify the chilling reality of these sudden and deadly heart attacks that can change your life forever, or even worse, take it away.

One peeve that I had with the movie was that it didn't go into details on what kind of nutrition would be helpful in preventing heart attacks. The food you consume and choose to fuel your body with definitely plays a large role in the occurrences, so it was a shame to not hear anything about it. I understand of course that the movie would like to focus on the story of these medical technologies, but still, they could have dedicated a few minutes to nutrition in my opinion.

I saw another review here stating that the movie was highly opposed to sterns, but I did not get that impression at all. Rather I think it was being critical of the fact that a small amount of people were making incredibly large sums of money due to the invention and the operation of inserting them. The review I am referring to is actually incredibly suspect and strangely negative, which makes me think of one of the ignorant and misled persons interviewed in the movie. The author of that review actually created his/her account exactly 11 months ago when the review was written, and has not made any reviews since then... Not very surprising.

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