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

Goodbye. Enjoy your stay.

The foundation for whom I work

supports a botanist...

named Robert Campbell, once of some note.

But on separating from his wife

and long-time research partner...

he'd withdrawn his station

deeper into the bush.

And until last month's message,

no one had heard from him in three years.

He asked for an assistant

and a gas chromatograph...

and pointedly refused to say why.

I'm surprised they sent a woman.

For Dr. Campbell.

Please don't lose it.

Wait a minute. Aren't you coming with me?

I'm afraid he was adamant about that.

Tanaki will guide you from here.

Come on, you, go.

Come on.


Are we here?

Okay, ready? Here you go.


Oh, boy.

- Who are you?

- Who am I? Who are you?

I asked you first.

- You're Dr. Campbell, right?

- I know who the hell I am.

- I'm asking who you are.

- Crane.

No, toucan.

- No, that's my name.

- Toucan?

- How odd.

- Crane. Dr. Rae Crane.

I do wish you'd make up your mind.

Maybe it's best we talk

in the morning, Doctor.

This is from Ornega.

How about a place to sleep?


Are you from Aston?

- He sent you?

- I tell you. They sent a girl.

- They sent a girl?

- Yes.

- I'm not a girl.

- The hell you're not.

- I'm your research assistant.

- The hell you are.

- Where's your mask?

- I don't have one. I just got here.

No one comes in here

without a surgical mask.

God knows what bugs you're carrying.

Jahausa, get her a mask.

- Relax. This is as close as we get, Tonto!

- Not for me, you hussy!

- For the indians.

- Hussy?

One outsider with a common cold

can decimate an entire tribe.

- And what about your shots?

- What about a place to sleep, God damn it?

To sleep?


Yes, of course, please forgive me.

There's no need for you to leave

till tomorrow.

I must tell you how grateful I am.

I've been waiting for these.

They get lost in the forest, you see?

The forest is so vast

and they're just so very small.

Dr. Campbell?

No, Palala. Back to the boat.

You had no right to unpack that equipment.

Where are you going?

- No.

- That's all right. He's loading the boat.

- No boat.

- Palala, only those boxes are staying.

Come on, up.

Luggage down. Come on, put it down.

Would you do me a favor

and ask him to put my luggage down?

Sorry, I forget women

like to carry their own now.

I think I should introduce myself.

You're the so-called research

assistant from Aston.

- You don't remember last night?

- Do I appear senile?


- Intoxicated, yes.

- There's a difference?

The Peach Palm Festival

is a religious ceremony.

Are those bags too heavy?

Shall I call Palala back?

No. I'm not getting on a boat. No boat.

It's the only available transport,

and you certainly can't remain here.

- Why? Because I'm not a man?

- Because you're not one of three men.

I requested Dr. Alan Sealove.

If he was unavailable, Dr. Gregory Hoffman.

I'm published more extensively

than Dr. Sealove.

I hold degrees from CCNY,

Berkeley, and Cambridge.

I'm the recipient...

of the Thurman Award in '82 and '86.

The first and only time it's ever been given

to the same person twice.

Is there anything else

you'd like to know about me?

- Do those boots come with a manual?

- No.

I thought of snakes.

When was the last time

you did field research?

Or when was the first time?

I did a month in La Salva.

A whole month?

You didn't need me.

- You needed a caddie.

- Palala will carry your bags to the boat.

You send me back on the basis of

my gender, that's called sex discrimination.

Look, I understand your reservations.

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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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