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Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)

R | | Drama | 22 January 1982 (USA)
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Ken Harrison is an artist who makes sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck down. All he can do is talk, and he wants to die. In hospital he ... See full summary »

Director:

John Badham

Writers:

Brian Clark (play), Brian Clark (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Ken Harrison
John Cassavetes ... Dr. Michael Emerson
Christine Lahti ... Dr. Clare Scott
Bob Balaban ... Carter Hill
Kenneth McMillan ... Judge Wyler
Kaki Hunter ... Mary Jo Sadler
Thomas Carter ... Orderly John
Alba Oms Alba Oms ... Nurse Rodriguez
Janet Eilber ... Pat
Kathryn Grody ... Mrs. Boyle
George Wyner ... Dr. Jacobs
Mel Stewart ... Dr. Barr
Ward Costello Ward Costello ... Mr. Eden
Alston Ahern Alston Ahern ... Day Nurse
Betty Cole Betty Cole ... ICU Nurse
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Storyline

Ken Harrison is an artist who makes sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck down. All he can do is talk, and he wants to die. In hospital he make friends with some of the staff, and they support him when he goes to trial to be allowed to die. Written by Eva Kristin Berntzen <eva@himolde.no>

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The ultimate drama in the human comedy See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al fin y al cabo es mi vida See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,206,145

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,206,145
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Ken Harrison: How does a quadriplegic cross the road? He was stapled to a chicken.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Danger!! Death Ray (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Hospital Ladies
Words and Music by Arthur B. Rubinstein
Performed by "The Rebel Rockers"
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Inciteful challenge to the power given to doctors by the state - 8/10
7 October 2003 | by SSCMSMITSee all my reviews

This film may well deal with a taboo area of medicine which of course is patients control over their own death. The film deals with a very morbid subject area without descending into difficult viewing.Richard Dreyfuss's delivers a continum of comedy while not betraying the feeling of hopelessness felt by his character. Other than great dialogue and acting the film leaves the viewer questioning common sense notions of the rightieusness (probably spelt wrong sorry) of medical professionals as well as acknowledging the reality that the institution of medicine is a new religion that dictates its own values on the less powerful subjects in its claws (claws is too much isn't it). Great film!!!


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