Medicine Man

Synopsis: An eccentric scientist working for a large drug company is working on a research project in the Amazon jungle. He sends for a research assistant and a gas chromatograph because he's close to a cure for cancer. When the assistant turns out to be a "mere woman," he rejects her help. Meanwhile the bulldozers get closer to the area in which they are conducting research, and they eventually learn to work together, and begin falling in love.
Director(s): John McTiernan
Production: Hollywood Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

I heard about your wife.

My wife? Good God, she left me.

I wish you'd follow her example.

Are we finished?

- You have a boat to catch.

- No boat.

- I want a meal and a bath.

- This isn't a hotel.

- I'll leave when I'm damn well ready.

- I know, after a meal and a bath.

I'm not a 19-year-old grad student

working up a resume.

And I don't expect to be

treated as if I were.

I'm hungry, I'm tired...

and I've been in these clothes

for more than one dance.

Palala will see that you get some breakfast.

I said, and a bath.

Unbutton your shirt.

Excuse me?

Do you want to bathe in their water supply?

You'll take a medical first.

Sit down. Here.

- Is he gonna watch?

- Don't you want a nurse present?

- I'll risk it.

- I won't.

Deep breath.

Now I understand why you've been

so secretive about your research here.

You found the cure

for the common hangover.

Look up.



- Open your mouth.

- There's nothing wrong...

Say "ah.' '"

Let me see your carnet.

- My what?

- It's in your passport.

Your vaccine card.

This is completely unnecessary.

The principal cause of death

among aboriginals is imported disease.

What do you see?

I thought we did the eye examination.

Come on, you won two Thurman Awards,

show off.

What am I analyzing?

Did you run a base line?


Next time run a base line

to calibrate the machine.

There's a glucose solution

specifically for that.

Is that the substance you're analyzing?


- What is it, a plant extract?

- Full marks. Continue.


We're looking at...

49 compound.

Okay, what we've got here is...

Where was I? Okay, 49 compound.


Nearly all of these are identifiable.

In short, nothing new.

Is this why you wanted the chromatograph?

You said "nearly all identifiable.' '"


Just this one, Peak 37.

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Tom Schulman

Thomas H. Schulman (born October 20, 1951 in Nashville) is an American screenwriter best known for his semi-autobiographical screenplay for Dead Poets Society. The film won the Best Screenplay Academy Award for 1989, and was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director (Peter Weir). more…

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