Bad Medicine

Synopsis: Jeff Marx wants to study medicine and become a physician. However, his grades are far from enough to get him into an American medical school. But instead he gets a chance to study medicine abroad, in a small Latin American dictatorship, governed by the dictator Ramon Madera, who fall in love with Jeff's girlfriend, also a medical student.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Harvey Miller
Production: Fox
98 min

You seem worried,

Mr. Marx.

No, sir. I'm not worried

at all, sir.

Ok. Let's check

your application.

Your father's

a doctor.

Yes, sir.

He's a plastic sur...

Reconstructive surgeon.

Gerald Marx.

Mass general.

Top man.

Your mother, also.

Mom's a psychiatrist.

Your sister, too?

She's on staff at

the children's hospital.


Excellent genes.

Let's see how

your grades stack up.

86 average.

How did you

get in here?

Please, sir, no.

We require a 95,

Mr. Marx.

Fall semester we're

admitting two boys

Who are perfect 100s.

Two perfect boys. Come on.

So I'm not

a perfect boy,

But I'm not

Quasimodo, either.

Don't take it

personally, nitwit.

Every year

50,000 students


to medical school.

There's only room

for 15,000.

You don't understand.

You've got to accept me.

My parents will be destroyed.

They're counting on me

to be the next dr. Marx!

Who gives a shit?

We can't have

second-Class minds

Running around

in smocks.

Being a doctor

requires the ability

To make life

and death decisions.

Life and death.

You want life and death?

I'll show you

life and death.

Mr. Marx! Mr. Marx!

I'll show you life and death!

What are you


I'll show you...


Mr. Jeffrey.



It's dinnertime,

Mr. Jeffrey.

How could

this happen?

It's over.

The legacy is dead.

It's not too late

to have another child.

Was that remark

supposed to be amusing?

You think it's amusing

That you've been

turned down

By every medical school

in the united states!

A sense of humor

is a wonderful tool, Jeff,

But I for one don't know

any funny physicians.

His problem is

That he doesn't take

anything seriously.

Because he doesn't take

himself seriously.

Phone call,

dr. Gerald.

Long distance.

You know what

your problem is, kid?

You've got...

you've got no drive,

no ambition,

No passion

for anything.

What happened, Jeff?

We know

you have the brains.

It takes extraordinary

will and desire

To become a doctor, Jeff.

Maybe you don't

want a medical career.

Is that it?

You have a choice, you know.

Like prince Charles

has a choice.

Stop avoiding, Jeff.

You want to be

a doctor or not?

You can

tell me the truth.



Are you all right,


Mon, who knows? Maybe there's

something else I want to do.

I don't know. I never

dared think about it.

All my life you

expected me to be a doctor.

For my fifth birthday

I begged you for a fire engine.

You gave me an ambulance.

Do you understand

what I'm saying?

I never had a choice.

I did it!

I found a school

that will take him!

He made it!

We can all relax.

That's wonderful.

It's the luckiest

day in our life.

See, Jeff?

It was meant to be.

Yuh... um.

Yeah, uh, great.

Great, dad.

Good job. Excellent.

Where, Miami?

Farther south.

South of Miami?

It's gonna cost me

an arm and a leg,

But you'll have

a degree in four years.

South of Miami?

Ladies and gentlemen,

we have landed in San Vicente.

Please remain seated

until the pilot

Brings the plane

to a complete stop.




Stay away from him!

I told you guys

those Americans are mine.

Come with Pepe.

Stay away from those

guys. They're robbers.

They take you miles

out of your way

And they'll

charge you double.

Me? I'll take you

right where you're going

For the same price.


Is this Valencia?

No, no.

This is the suburb,

Valencia heights.

It's more expensive

to live out here

But you get

what you pay for.

I'm telling you,

Valencia's got everything

you'd possibly want...

Theaters, restaurants.

You like to eat?

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