Synopsis: A young doctor at a hospital, Susan Wheeler (played by Geneviève Bujold), starts noticing a pattern of strange occurrences with patients. Healthy patients are suddenly developing complications and ending up in comas. She starts investigating and what she reveals is astonishing.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Director(s): Michael Crichton
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min

Good morning. It's 6 a. m.

On a beautiful morning in Boston.

These are the top stories:

Mayor White's assistant has met

with the Redevelopment Authority...

... over the controversy

on the Town Heights project.

Police have arrested

contractor James McManus...

... on $ 23 million grant

and bribery charges...

... in connection with the Mystic

River extension. Hyannis Port...

Mrs. Levine is day five


She remains afebrile and her previous

anorexia is gone, draining well.

An AP chest film is clear.

Her white count is nine-four.

BUN has stabilized at 40.2,

good output of 1600cc's.

- Blood cultures?

- No growth times two.

Well, Harris can't nail us on this one.

Next case.

- It was a long time ago.

- And is he good?

Yeah, he can really break it up!

Billy's weird.

He gets so tired.

Do you like this lipstick?

She was terrific.

It's 32 now and going fast.

He can't afford to get out.

I got a thousand shares of that.

We have to have the AP, lateral and

10 units done before they can begin.

It says here, type and cross-match

was done yesterday.

Just standard workup procedure.

Well, I don't know.

So it was a clear case of endocarditis.

We're ready when you are,

Dr. Wheeler.

No response to antibiotics.

Cut her, okay?

- Sponge.

- Begin to tie off.

It's all politics.

Today, for instance...

...Rudnick says to me, "I hear you're

the new chief resident in surgery. "

- That's great!

- He was testing me.

Then he says that Harris told him...

...that Mark Bellows was going to be

the next chief resident.

- Wonderful, Mark.

- But here's the thing.

He waited for me to say I knew

about it. That wouldn't look right.

That would look as if I expected it.

So I said I hadn't heard anything.

You've wanted it for two years.

But there's no point

in saying that, is there?

I said...

...I thought it'd be wonderful

if it happened.

I said Chandler was doing

an excellent job as chief resident.

But I said there was a little room

left for improvement.

Chandler's damn good.

I really laid it on thick

with old Rudnick.

I told him I was following his hepatic

research, cited some references.

He was impressed.

Procedure went well too.

So all in all, it was a good day.

I'm gonna take a shower.

Can you grab me a beer before dinner?

Hey, Mark.

Get your own beer.

- Honey, for chrissakes, come on.

- I want to take a shower.

- I was on call last night.

- So was I.

I know, but I had two arrests...

...aortic aneurysm blew at 4 a. m.,

had to be done stat.

So I didn't get any sleep, and

I'd really like to take a shower.

If you don't mind.

I had a hard day too.

You get in the shower faster

than any person alive.

Have a beer.

You'll feel better.

I know what'd make me feel better.

Goddamn doctors.

Couldn't have fallen

in love with a nurse.

Dorothy on the eighth floor.

She liked me.

My own apartment.

Did you hear about Louis?

What about Louis?

They passed him up

as assistant professor.

Guy's really paid his dues too.

Now they don't take him.

Plus his son is waiting

for a kidney transplant.

Did you start dinner?


Did you start dinner?

- Did you hear anything I said?

- It's in the fridge. Just heat it up.

- I was telling you about my day.

- I had a hard day too.

Just go heat it up.

Why is it, whenever we're about

to fight, you're always undressed?

What's the big deal?

Just heat up the stew.

- Why won't you help out?

- Is that the way you see it?

I make my concessions.

You always take a shower first.

I don't.

You do too,

and I'm getting tired of it.

Honey, come on.

Don't call me honey.

I'm trying to tell you about my day.

Something that happened.

Your days are always the same.

What is that supposed to mean?

Just politics, that's all.

Who said what to whom.

Who's rising, who's falling.

Who's made a good move, a bad move.


Somebody has to be interested

in hospital politics.

You certainly are not.

I thought you were a surgical

resident, not a political one.

I like politics.

They interest me. Just because

you're always looking for...

You want me to heat up

the dinner, is that it?

I want some respect.

Susan, come on.

Don't leave again.

Why can't you share

half the responsibility?

I share more than

half the responsibility!

- No need to shout.

- Why are you running off?

You think I want this?

Let me tell you something.

I make concessions

for this so-called relationship.

I know it's hard on you politically.

Susan, don't go.

You know what the trouble with you is?

All you care about

is being chief resident.

You know what your trouble is?

You don't want a relationship.

Look at you.

You run away from it.

This is ridiculous.

You don't want a lover... want a goddamn wife!


I have a bleeder here.

- I need more suction.

- Clamp.

He's not di-toxic.

He has advanced ASHD.

I just bought some at 43.

Yeah, I hear they have management

problems. I sold at 37.

How are you?

I'm fine. The case went well.

No problem.


I'm really sorry about last night.

So am I.

- You want to have some lunch?

- I have class.

You don't think this is

more important than the class?

That class is the only time

I get out of this damn hospital.

Can you understand that?

It's important to me!

You're impossible!

Seven, eight, step!

Back. Step.


One, two, down three,

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Michael Crichton

John Michael Crichton (/ˈkraɪtən/; October 23, 1942 – November 4, 2008) was an American best-selling author, screenwriter, film director, producer, and former physician best known for his work in the science fiction, medical fiction and thriller genres. His books have sold over 200 million copies worldwide, and many have been adapted into films. In 1994, Crichton became the only creative artist ever to have works simultaneously charting at No. 1 in US television (ER), film (Jurassic Park), and book sales (Disclosure). more…

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