Synopsis: On the day after his fortieth birthday, the family man and computer analyst George Grieves goes to the Mt. Abaddon Hospital for a routine procedure of colonoscopy with Dr. Sharazi. Along his birthday party, his friends and family tell many cases of medical errors, and George is worried about. After the surgery, George finds that his surgery had complications because of a homonymous patient, and he had received a thoracoscopic sympathectomy instead. While interned, George discloses bizarre and dark secrets about the East Wing of the hospital while his wife and family have to take a decision about his fate.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Director(s): Tony Krantz
Production: Warner Home Video
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min

What, George?

What is it, baby?

I was...

I was falling.

It was so vivid.

- Did you ---?

- No.

- You know what they say.

- Yeah.

- If you fall in a dream...

- And you hit bottom...

-'ll die.

- won't wake up.

That's why you wake up

before you land.

It's the body-- The brain's way

of protecting yourself, right?



Maybe people who die in their sleep...

...they're actually dreaming of falling...

...and they land.

You know, I mean,

they hit bottom in the dream...

...but they really die.

But you didn't.


I'm alive.

Happy birthday.

It's tomorrow.

You're worried about tomorrow.

No, I'm not.

- It's a routine procedure.

- I know. I know.

- It'll be fine.

- Right. I know.

And tonight...

- What?

- Nothing.

Come on. You know

I'm gonna be miserable. What?

Everyone's coming.

They're coming for you.

You're 40 years old.


"Polyethylene Glycol.

If you're drinking the solution

before your procedure... may consume clear liquids,

decaffeinated cola, tea, broth...

...gelatin." Gelatin? Swell.

"Drink one full glass of the solution

rapidly, every 10 minutes...

...until the entire gallon is fin--"

The entire gallon? F***.

"Bowel-- Bowel evacuation

will begin promptly."

All right, then.


To you, bud.

Today is the first day

of the rest of your life.

Happy f***ing birthday.

For he's a Jell-O good fellow

For he's a Jell-O good fellow

So rich, so creamy, so mellow

That nobody can deny

All right. Make a wish, George.

Come on.

Count them candles.

Count them again.

- Blow. Blow, baby, blow.

- Count those candles, George.

- Come on. Here we go.

- Making a wish. I'm making a wish.

All right. Come on, dude.

Good luck, Daddy.

- Blow. Blow.

- Come on.

One more, one more.

- Yes.

- Hey.

You've all heard the news.

George has announced...

...that one of you is gonna betray him

in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Andrea, you need to

raise your hands in alarm.

Chloe, you're John. Thomas, lean closer

to Frank as though you're swooning.

Who's Judas?

I'm Judas.

Jenny is Judas.

How are we to interpret that?

- All right, come on.

- Everybody, freeze.

Come here.

- Are you okay?

- Yeah.

I'm fine.

How about you, Judas?

You gonna betray me, Judas?

Why would I do that?

Wasn't tonight good?


Tonight was perfection.


Mr. Grieves, I'm Zoe.

- Hi, Zoe, I'm George.

- Hi, George.

If you'll just undress and slip into these.

We're gonna take your temperature,

blood pressure and respiratory rate.

- Okay.

- We're gonna hook you up to an EKG...

...with a couple patches on your chest,

and put a pulse oximeter on your finger.

- Okay.

- Dr. Sharazi will be in to talk to you.

In the meantime, just put your clothes

on the bed. I'm gonna prep your IV.

Go on. Drop your drawers.

I'm sure she's seen it all.

So any problems with your prep?

No. No problems at all. Safe to say

there was nothing left to hit the fan.

That's funny.

I've never heard that one.

- You're kidding?

- No. I've heard:

"Everything came out okay."

Right, because of the-- You know.

Welcome to the Outback Steakhouse.


Thank you.

- So, Mr. Grieves...

- Grieves.

- Grieves.

- I beg your pardon.

Okay, Grieves.

Very good. I'm Dr. Sharazi.

Sorry about that.

Yeah, my hands are a little nervous.

No, no. Don't worry.

It's perfectly normal. Me too.

- Mrs. Grieves?

- Jennifer.

I'm his sister.

Well, there seems to be nothing

but confusion around here this morning.

Well, then, with the first day

of construction on the east ward...

...all the computers are down. We even

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Erik Jendresen

Erik Jendresen is an author as well as a writer and producer for plays, television, and film.As co-creator, lead writer and a supervising producer of the critically acclaimed mini-series Band of Brothers for HBO in 2001, Jendresen was one of the recipients of that year's Emmy Award for "Outstanding Miniseries", which he shared with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, among others. Jendresen also shared an Emmy nomination for that show in the category of "Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special". The show also resulted in a Golden Globe Award for "Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television", and 20 other awards, including the Peabody Award. As a writer/ producer for film, his current projects include The Mariner (directed by Christopher McQuarrie for FOX); Mission: Blacklist (directed by Rodrigo Cortés); Saint-Ex (directed by Christopher McQuarrie); Aloft (starring Robert Redford); Solo (directed by Antonio Banderas); and an adaptation of Walter Tevis's The Man Who Fell to Earth (directed by David Slade). Earlier film projects include Star Trek: The Beginning (Paramount), Sublime, starring Tom Cavanagh and Kathleen York, Otis and The Big Bang (starring Antonio Banderas and Sam Elliott), and Ithaca - an adaptation of William Saroyan's The Human Comedy (directed by Meg Ryan and starring Sam Shepard and Hamish Linklater). As a writer, producer, and showrunner for television, his current projects include Special, a series based on the documentary filmmakers of the 1960s (with Marti Noxon, for the National Geographic Channel); a series based on the stories of the French Foreign Legion (with Thomas Bidegain and Dimitri Rassam); The War, a five-season series about the unending interconnected conflicts of the 20th century (with Christopher McQuarrie); The 43, a six-hour mini-series about WWII British ex-servicemen fighting fascism on their home soil (BBC/NBC); A Coloured Man's Reminiscences, an eight-hour miniseries chronicling the story of James Madison’s slave, Paul Jennings (with Tyger Williams and Rodrigo Garcia, for ABC); Castner's Cutthroats, a six-hour miniseries about the Battle of the Aleutians (Discovery Channel); Rocket Men, a ten-hour miniseries about Wernher von Braun and the men who took us to the moon and beyond; Climb to Conquer, a ten-hour miniseries about the 10th Mountain Division in World War II (with Wildwood); and Shot All to Hell, a four-hour miniseries about the James-Younger Gang and the Northfield, Minnesota, raid (TNT). Previous projects include Killing Lincoln, co-produced with Tony and Ridley Scott for the National Geographic Channel; a series based on the Francis Ford Coppola film, The Conversation (with Christopher McQuarrie); The Pony Express (with Robert Duvall); an eight-hour adaptation of Gregory Maguire's novel, Wicked (ABC); an eight-hour miniseries Majestic-12; and The Command - a series set in the world of the Joint Special Operations Command (FIC). Jendresen also has to his credit several books, most of which deal with the socio-anthropology of Peru and the Amazon Basin, including Dance of the Four Winds and its sequel, Island of the Sun (both based upon the journals of and co-written with Alberto Villoldo), and the children's book, The First Story Ever Told (also with Villoldo). Hanuman (with Joshua M. Greene, and Li Ming) is a re-telling for children of a portion of the Ramayana. He is also a playwright (The Killing of Michael Malloy, Excuse My Dust, Malice Aforethought). Jendresen lives in Sausalito, California, aboard the M.V. Hindeloopen, 112-year-old riveted wrought iron vessel which saw service during the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940. He is married to Venus Madora Aslee Bobis, Program Director of the Partial Hospitalization Program at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute of the University of California, San Francisco, and his partner in Pilothouse Pictures. He is an advisor at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. more…

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