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The Carey Treatment (1972)

At a Boston hospital, Dr. Carey becomes an amateur sleuth to help clear a colleague who's accused of botching an illegal abortion that kills a 15 year old girl.

Director:

Blake Edwards

Writers:

Michael Crichton (novel) (as Jeffery Hudson), John D.F. Black (screenplay) (as James P. Bonner) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Coburn ... Dr. Peter Carey
Jennifer O'Neill ... Georgia Hightower
Pat Hingle ... Capt. Pearson
Skye Aubrey ... Nurse Angela Holder
Elizabeth Allen ... Evelyn Randall
John Fink ... Chief Surgeon Andrew Murphy
Dan O'Herlihy ... J.D. Randall
James Hong ... David Tao
Alex Dreier ... Dr. Joshua Randall
Michael Blodgett ... Roger Hudson
Regis Toomey ... Sanderson the Pathologist
Steve Carlson ... Walding
Rosemary Edelman Rosemary Edelman ... Janet Tao
Jennifer Edwards ... Lydia Barrett
John Hillerman ... Jenkins
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Storyline

Dr. Peter Carey is a pathologist at a Boston hospital. The daughter of the hospital's Chief of Staff dies after an illegal abortion goes wrong, and Carey's friend and colleague Dr. David Tao is accused of performing the abortion. Carey doesn't buy it, and so he digs deeper, angering the girl's father in the process. Questions abound: Who performed the abortion? Was the girl really pregnant? And what does it have to do with stolen morphine, blackmail attempts, and a mysterious and dangerous masseur? Written by reservoirdog909

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A Case of Murder See more »


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PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Case of Need See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Geoffrey Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a novel entitled 'A Case of Need', published in 1968 and credited to Jeffrey Hudson. Decades later, Hudson was revealed to be a pseudonym for Michael Crichton. See more »

Goofs

During the autopsy, the cadaver is clearly breathing. See more »

Quotes

J.D. Randall: That's vandalism, doctor.
Dr. Peter Carey: No, that's integrity.
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Referenced in Hammer (1972) See more »

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Non-think, wafer-thin indulgence
13 January 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Curiously mediocre, middle-of-the-road film from director Blake Edwards, adapted from Michael Crichton's novel "A Case of Need," has James Coburn (cocky as ever, and enjoyably so) playing the new pathologist at a Boston hospital, sorting out the mystery of a young murder victim. Light drama keeps tongue-in-cheek yet has aspirations to be a whodunit and doesn't quite make the grade. Coburn's general panache is effortless, but he's just coasting through, and the role doesn't challenge him (or us) in any way. Jennifer O'Neill is attractive but (once again) underused as a romantic interest. Screenwriter Harriet Frank used the pseudonym James P. Bonner for the credits--just as original writer Crichton did (as Jeffrey Hudson) for his book! **1/2 from ****


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