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Gross Anatomy (1989)

PG-13 | | Drama | 20 October 1989 (USA)
A smart first-year med student takes nothing seriously, except the pursuit of his Gross Anatomy (human dissection) lab partner. It's up to her and their teacher to find a way to convince ... See full summary »

Director:

Thom Eberhardt

Writers:

Mark Spragg (story), Howard Rosenman (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Joe Slovak
Daphne Zuniga ... Laurie Rorbach
Christine Lahti ... Dr. Rachel Woodruff
Todd Field ... David Schreiner
John Scott Clough John Scott Clough ... Miles Reed
Alice Carter ... Kim McCauley
Robert Desiderio ... Dr. Banks
Zakes Mokae ... Dr. Banumbra
Clyde Kusatsu ... Interviewing Professor
John Petlock John Petlock ... Interviewing Professor
J. Patrick McNamara ... Interviewing Professor
Jan Munroe ... Interviewing Professor
Kay E. Kuter ... Lecturing Professor
Michael Flanagan Michael Flanagan ... Lecturing Professor
Don Perry ... Lecturing Professor
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Storyline

A smart first-year med student takes nothing seriously, except the pursuit of his Gross Anatomy (human dissection) lab partner. It's up to her and their teacher to find a way to convince him to take his studies and life seriously. Written by Blue Dragon <movies@sharyl.mailstop.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

No one thought a rebel like Joe Slovak would make it through Medical School. But they didn't know Joe. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gross Anatomy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,830,387, 22 October 1989

Gross USA:

$11,604,598

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,604,598
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Todd Field and Director Thom Eberhardt clashed a few times on set in regards to his character. In the end, Eberhardt respected him because he felt his character had a complete arch and Field played it perfectly. See more »

Goofs

When Joe chases after his roommate the night he reveals he knows about the pep pills, the door to the dorm building closes fully after his roommate exits, then closes again just before Joe reaches the door. See more »

Quotes

Joe Slovak: [confronting Dr. Woodruff after his roommate was asked to leave medical school] He's human. Not superhuman, just human. He did what he thought he had to do because he wanted to be a doctor more than anything else in the world and you ruined this for him.
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Alternate Versions

There is another scene where the characters are all in a bar, and they are talking about their residencies. One version that was shown has a close up of the main characters at a table and one says, "I want to get a job, working in a quality hospital with quality patients." On Showtime's version there are camera scans to several other people in the bar. You hear the quote in the background, but do not hear who said the phrase. See more »

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Referenced in WWE Raw: Casket? (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano with Rhythm
Written and Performed by Charlotte Georg (as Les Peel)
Courtesy of Capitol Production Music/Ole Georg
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A nice dissection of year one in the life of a medical student
3 July 2007 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Joe Slovak (Matthew Modine) is the son of an east coast fisherman. Bright as a button, however, Joe wants to become a doctor and he gains acceptance into a medical school. Once there, his easy going style is at odds with those around him. Beautiful Laurie (Daphne Zuniga) is the privileged daughter of a wealthy doctor and wastes no time in telling Joe that her schedule has no room for casual dating. Then, too, Joe's anal roommate, David (Todd Field) is so uptight he has flossing on his daily schedule and his lab partner, Miles, has a silk shirt on every day. In addition to all of this, the school boasts a no-nonsense instructor (Christine Lahti) that uses ridicule as a teaching tool, if she so desires. Will Joe be able to sail the difficult waters of a first year medical student, without compromising his basic style and principles? This is a fine look at the first year in the life of a medical student. The workload is excruciating, to say the least, and even those who are smart and dedicated can fall between the cracks, failing examinations and more. All of the actors playing these roles are terrific, with Modine a delight as the atypical medical student and Zuniga very lovely as the determined but thoughtful doctor to be. Then, too, Lahti is wonderful as the much-despised instructor who uses her sharp tongue to weed out those who don't have what it takes to become competent doctors. You will like the costumes, sets, and look of this film very much, too. If you are contemplating a future as a doctor, you must get this film soon, as it will give you a taste of the intensity your life will take on for the next few years. But, even if you just love films about the medical profession or those that boast a nice little love story, this one is for you.


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