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Critical Care (1997)

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A hospital resident's in the middle of two half-sisters legal battle on whether to pull their comatose dad's life support. More is at stake than the dad - the inheritance.

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

Richard Dooling (novel), Steven Schwartz (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Spader ... Dr. Werner Ernst
Kyra Sedgwick ... Felicia Potter
Helen Mirren ... Stella
Anne Bancroft ... Nun
Albert Brooks ... Dr. Butz
Jeffrey Wright ... Bed Two
Margo Martindale ... Connie Potter
Wallace Shawn ... Furnaceman
Philip Bosco ... Dr. Hofstader
Colm Feore ... Wilson
Edward Herrmann ... Robert Payne
James Lally James Lally ... Poindexter
Harvey Atkin ... Judge Fatale
Al Waxman ... Sheldon Hatchett
Hamish McEwan ... Hansen
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Storyline

Dr. Werner Ernst (James Spader) is a young hospital resident who becomes embroiled in a legal battle between two half-sisters who are fighting over the care of their comatose father. But are they really fighting over their father's care, or over his ten million dollar estate? Meanwhile, Werner must contend with his nutty supervisor, who insists that he only care for patients with full insurance. Can Werner sidestep the hospital's legal team and do what's best for the patient? Written by Martin Lewison <mlewison@utk.edu>

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At Memorial Hospital no one ever dies... Until their insurance runs out.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Critical Care See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,380, 2 November 1997

Gross USA:

$221,193

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$221,193
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

[first lines]
Stella: [dropping clipboard] That's six's blood gases. I'm up to oxygen 60%.
Dr. Werner Ernst: Thank you.
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Referenced in By Sidney Lumet (2015) See more »

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Dry Bones
Performed by the Delta Rhythm Boys
Courtesy of the RCA Records label of BMG Entertainment
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Terrific film lampooning today's medical/legal maze
17 February 2001 | by blindbizSee all my reviews

This film should be required viewing for all physicians, insurance execs and lawyers. The story is a dark comedy which looks at the twisted mess that is our modern healthcare system. James Spader is perfect as a cynical medical resident who learns the hard way about the realities of dealing with a patient's family, lawyers and the insurance games played by hospital administrators. As a family practice physician I can say that the plot of this film rings true on many levels....the stress of being a resident, the battle between family members, insurance companies and hospital administrators and the conflicting expectations of all involved. A favorite of the Sundance Channel and with good reason. A great flick...


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