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Vital Signs (1986)

Two doctors, a father and son, conceal their alcohol and drug problems in this potent look at the abuse of those substances that exist in the medical profession. Asner portrays a ... See full summary »

Director:

Stuart Millar

Writer:

Lee Hutson
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Cast

Credited cast:
Edward Asner ... Matthew St James
Gary Cole ... Dr. Hayward
Kate McNeil ... Kristi
Barbara Barrie ... Frances
John Randolph
James Sloyan
Philip Sterling ... Tommy
Mary Ann Thebus Mary Ann Thebus ... Wilma
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pauline Brailsford Pauline Brailsford ... Nurse #3
Jack Callahan Jack Callahan ... Crony #1
Richard Cusak Richard Cusak ... Crony #2
James Deuter ... Golfer #2
Lisa Dodson Lisa Dodson ... Nurse #1
Janis Flax Janis Flax ... Jane
Beatrice Fredman Beatrice Fredman ... Mrs. Underwood
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Storyline

Two doctors, a father and son, conceal their alcohol and drug problems in this potent look at the abuse of those substances that exist in the medical profession. Asner portrays a well-thought of surgeon who over-indulges in alcohol. His son, who follows in his father's footsteps, has become addicted to morphine and amphetamines. Unlike his father, he completely hides his usage, even from his own wife. When his father's over-indulgence becomes apparent, the son moves back home to help his father's practice. After the father almost kills a bicyclist in a drunken driving incident, the son confronts the father. But the father has also learned of the son's addiction. Neither will admit their need for help and ultimately leads to tragic consequences. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Constantes vitales See more »

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Production Co:

CBS See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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