tells the emotional true story of two men who defied the rules of their time to launch a medical revolution, set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South. Working in the 1940s Baltimore on an unprecedented technique for performing heart surgery on "blue babies," Dr. Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman,
) form an impressive team. But even as they race against time to save a dying baby, to two occupy very different places in society. Blalock is the wealthy white Head of Surgery at John Hopkins Hospital; Thomas is black and poor, a skilled carpenter. As Blalock and Thomas invent a new field of medicine, saving thousands of lives in the process, social pressures threaten to undermine their collaboration and tear their friendship apart.
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SPANISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
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||Audio commentary with director Joseph Sargent, writer Peter Silverman and executive producers Robert W. Cort and Eric Hetzel.
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||A breakthrough that changed the face of medicine. A unique partnership that broke the rules.
The Saxon baby's father says he is stationed aboard the Spencer at Norfolk, which means he is a Coast Guardsman. The USCGC Spencer was a 327-foot cutter engaged in cross-Atlantic escort duty during the war. (more) Goofs:
Continuity: When Blalock is eating dinner and attempting to get Vivian a raise, his napkin changes places between shots. (more) Quotes:
[Vivien is abruptly leaving the laboratory
] Alfred Blalock
: We have work to do. Vivien Thomas
: Do I have your permission, to do some work for my landlord, so I can pay my rent? (more) Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 11 wins & 19 nominations (more)