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The Carey Treatment (1972)

At a Boston hospital, Dr. Carey becomes an amateur sleuth to help clear a colleague who's accused of botching an illegal abortion that kills a 15 year old girl.

Director:

Blake Edwards

Writers:

Michael Crichton (novel) (as Jeffery Hudson), John D.F. Black (screenplay) (as James P. Bonner) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Coburn ... Dr. Peter Carey
Jennifer O'Neill ... Georgia Hightower
Pat Hingle ... Capt. Pearson
Skye Aubrey ... Nurse Angela Holder
Elizabeth Allen ... Evelyn Randall
John Fink ... Chief Surgeon Andrew Murphy
Dan O'Herlihy ... J.D. Randall
James Hong ... David Tao
Alex Dreier ... Dr. Joshua Randall
Michael Blodgett ... Roger Hudson
Regis Toomey ... Sanderson the Pathologist
Steve Carlson ... Walding
Rosemary Edelman Rosemary Edelman ... Janet Tao
Jennifer Edwards ... Lydia Barrett
John Hillerman ... Jenkins
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Storyline

Dr. Peter Carey is a pathologist at a Boston hospital. The daughter of the hospital's Chief of Staff dies after an illegal abortion goes wrong, and Carey's friend and colleague Dr. David Tao is accused of performing the abortion. Carey doesn't buy it, and so he digs deeper, angering the girl's father in the process. Questions abound: Who performed the abortion? Was the girl really pregnant? And what does it have to do with stolen morphine, blackmail attempts, and a mysterious and dangerous masseur? Written by reservoirdog909

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Peter Carey M.D.: arrives from the coast - finds hypocrisy in a big Boston hospital - and a brilliant surgeon accused of abortion that turns to murder. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Case of Need See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Geoffrey Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a novel entitled 'A Case of Need', published in 1968 and credited to Jeffrey Hudson. Decades later, Hudson was revealed to be a pseudonym for Michael Crichton. See more »

Goofs

When Carey jumps the bridge, the front hubcaps can be seen flying off the front wheels of his station wagon. The hubcaps then reappear back on the car. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Peter Carey: Will you keep your eyes on my goods?
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Referenced in Hammer (1972) See more »

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A Second Opinion
12 February 2007 | by inspectors71See all my reviews

I've seen Blake Edward's The Carey Treatment twice since its airing on CBS in the mid '70s. I don't remember a lot of the details, but I am fairly certain that it was a pleasant and engaging medical/crime drama, although it looked TVish even for TV. I watched it with my grandmother of all people--she didn't like anything suspenseful because it aggravated her angina--and Nana gave it the ultimate compliment, "This is a good shoot-em-up!"

To my grandmother, all movies, with or without firearms, that had suspense were "shoot-em-ups."

The film was based on a work by Michael Crichton, but I can't recall if TCT has some of Crichton's trademarks--an ensemble casts of flawed, believable characters and a technology-heavy story. Instead, there's someone killing people, with a hospital as background and James Coburn looking very cool (and a bit Crichton-like in demeanor).

See, I really don't remember much but for the fact that I enjoyed it.

It appears you can't get the film at Amazon (although I haven't checked Netflix). That's too bad, because a cheap copy or a quick rental of this small mystery movie would be fun and enjoyable.

Just remember to bring your little pills, okay?


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