This being the week of the 81st Annual Academy Awards, my thoughts shifted to movies which featured medical persona. Here’s some which crossed my mind:
Dr No (1962) – Sean Connery’s first film as James Bond.
Dr. No: That’s a Dom Perignon ’55, it would be a pity to break it !
James Bond: I prefer the ’53 myself…
The Hospital(1971) – featuring the late George C Scott as Dr Herbert Bock, a hospital doctor with suicidal thoughts.
Bock: We’ve established the most enormous medical entity ever conceived… and people are sicker than ever. We cure nothing! We heal nothing!
Dr Zhivago (1965) – Omar Sharif plays opposite Julie Christie as Dr Yuri Zhivago, a Russian doctor/poet who, although married, falls for a political activist’s wife and experiences hardships during the Bolshevik Revolution. The film was a winner of 5 Academy Awards.
Zhivago: You lay life on a table and cut out all the tumors of injustice. Marvelous.
Young Frankenstein (1974) – A comedy directed by Mel Brooks featuring Gene Wilder as Dr Frankenstein, grandson of the original Dr F, who inherits granddad’s castle and repeats the experiments that made it the scariest comedy of all time.
Medical Student: Doesn’t the bringing back to life what was once dead hold any intrigue to you?
Frankenstein: You are talking about the nonsensical ravings of a lunatic mind! Dead is dead!
Medical Student: But look at what has been done with hearts and kidneys…
Frankenstein: Hearts and kidneys are tinker toys! I am talking about the central nervous system!
Patch Adams (1998) – Robin Williams has the title role, that of a doctor who doesn’t look, act or think like other doctors. For Patch, humor is the best medicine, and he’s willing to do just about anything to make his patients laugh– even if it means risking his own career. Based on a true story.
Patch: “If you actually are a doctor and admitted it, you’d say, ‘I don’t cure a huge percentage, I don’t have a 50 percent cure rate … (but) I can have a 100 percent compassion rate..”
Critical Care (1997) – Not much of a box-office hit but built its reputation on the realities of modern healthcare.
Tag-line: At Memorial Hospital no one ever dies… Until their insurance runs out. Dr Werner Ernst is a young hospital resident who becomes embroiled in a legal battle between two half-sisters..
Dr Butz:—If he’s going to die, why should we proceed?
Dr Ernst:–Where have you been all your life? It’s called revenue.