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Playing God (1997)

A disgraced surgeon leaves his former life and enters the criminal underworld as a gunshot doctor for criminals.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Dr. Eugene Sands
Timothy Hutton ... Raymond Blossom
Angelina Jolie ... Claire
Michael Massee ... Gage
Peter Stormare ... Vladimir
Andrew Tiernan ... Cyril
Gary Dourdan ... Yates
John Hawkes ... Flick
Will Stewart ... Perry
Philip Moon ... Casey
Pasha D. Lychnikoff ... Andrei (as Pavel D. Lynchnikoff)
Tracey Walter ... Jim
Sandra Kinder ... Sue
Bill Rosier Bill Rosier ... Jerry
Keone Young ... Mr. Ksi
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Storyline

Stripped of his medical license after performing an operation while high on amphetamines, famed LA surgeon Dr Eugene Sands abandons his former life only to find himself crossing paths with Raymond Blossom, an infamous counterfeiter. Employed as a "gun-shot doctor" when Raymond's associates cannot risk visiting a hospital, Eugene is lured deep into the criminal world and becomes entangled with his boss's girlfriend. Written by Anonymous

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A game with no rules. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence, gore, pervasive language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

17 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Playing Hero See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,937,374, 19 October 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,052,347, 9 November 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Angelina Jolie said in an interview that she filmed two sex scenes that were cut from the film. See more »

Goofs

Photographs are being taken at a Lakers game with a digital camera to which the sound person has added the familiar sound of a motor drive. While a digital camera does not make the sound of a motor drive or winder when advancing to the next frame, most digital cameras include the sound effect as a feature. See more »

Quotes

Young Gangster: You gonna kill me?
Eugene: No, but I know where to shoot you so you'll be in diapers for the rest of your life!
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Soundtracks

Doc's Groove
Written by D. Williamson
Performed by L.T.J. Bukem (as LTJ Bukem)
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94 minutes of slick surreal entertainment
12 December 1998 | by seefSee all my reviews

Don't analyse the plot if you can help it. Boring, it is not.

It's unusual to find a movie that seeks to entertain within a self-imposed time constraint and this one has a few memorable one-liners to take away. That, alone, makes this worth seeing.

In case you're wondering, I'm not a Duchovny 'fan'. A Timothy Hutton fan...? Well, it was a show-stealing performance...


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