DVD 110 mins IMDB 8.3 (1,590 votes)
Something The Lord Made
HBO / Rysher Ent. (2004)
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USA  /  English

Mos Def Vivien Thomas
Alan Rickman Alfred Blalock
Charles Dutton
Mary Stuart Masterson Dr. Helen Taussig
Kyra Sedgwick Mary Blalock
Gabrielle Union
Merritt Wever Mrs. Saxon
Doug Olear Michael Saxon
James E. Ash Resident doctor
David Bailey The General
Nat Benchley Karsh
Chris Boykin Bellhop
R. Emery Bright Dishwasher
Al Brown Dr. Ford
Tray Chaney College Student
Antonio D. Charity Admissions Officer
Robert F. Chew Janitor
Patrick Brown Lt. Comm. Andrews
Dava Casoni Concerned Mother in Waiting Room

Director Joseph Sargent
Producer Mike Drake; Julian Krainin
Writer Robert Caswell; Peter Silverman
Cinematography Donald M. Morgan
Musician Christopher Young
User Credit 1 Michael Brown
User Credit 2 Karyn Wagner

A breakthrough that changed the face of medicine. A partnership that broke the rules.

Something the Lord Made 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, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and lab technician Vivien Thomas (Mos Def, The Italian Job) 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.

Edition Details
Barcode 026359246128
Region Region 1
Release Date 1/25/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Audio commentary with director Joseph Sargent, writer Peter Silverman and executive producers Robert W. Cort and Eric Hetzel.
Making History slide show
Personal Details
Purchase Date 8/17/2005
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 A breakthrough that changed the face of medicine. A unique partnership that broke the rules.
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Trivia: 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)

[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?

Awards: Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 11 wins & 19 nominations (more)