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Gross Anatomy (1989)

Gross Anatomy (1989)

Gross Anatomy

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Gross Anatomy is to medical school what The Paper Chase was to law school, with perhaps a little less sobriety. Matthew Modine plays the blue-collar Joe Slovak, who's attending a posh school of medicine where everyone -- teacher and student alike -- seems to be well above his social stratum. Perhaps as a reaction to the snobbery all around him, he behaves as irreverently as possible. Neither his teacher Dr. Rachel Woodruff (Christine Lahti) nor his lab partner, Laurie Rorbach (Daphne Zuniga), finds Joe's what-the-hell act appealing, but both are fully aware that he is a talented young man with a brilliant future. The climax of the film lays it on pretty thick in defining Joe as an all-around good fellow despite his cheekiness (he even delivers a baby just before taking his finals!), but Gross Anatomy strives successfully to be a "feel-good" movie -- albeit brought ever so slightly down to earth by the death of one of the principal characters.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Spragg, Martyn Burke, Alan Jay Glueckman, Ron Nyswaner, Zvi Howard Rosenman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 3, 2002
Runtime:
Touchstone Pictures

Cast

Matthew Modine
as Joe Slovak
Daphne Zuniga
as Laurie Rorbach
Christine Lahti
as Dr. Rachel Woodruff
Todd Field
as David Schreiner
Alice Carter
as Kim McCauley
Zakes Mokae
as Dr. Banumbra
J.C. Quinn
as Papa Slovak
Rutanya Alda
as Mama Slovak
Brandis Kemp
as Aunt Rose
Ryan Cash
as Frankie Slovak
Angus MacInnes
as Dean Torrence
Lisa Zane
as Luann
Alison Taylor
as Cynthia Wilkes
Michael Stoyanov
as Joel Cleaver
Max Perlich
as Ethan Cleaver
John Short
as Resident
Steven Culp
as Jerry Fanning Forres...
Elizabeth Gilliam
as Nina McCauley
Jack Murdock
as Old Patient
Kimberly Scott
as Nurse Louise
Diane Robin
as Waitress
Rick Goldman
as Truck Driver
O. Laron Clark
as Food Server
Russell Bobbitt
as Gunshot Victim
Frank Torres
as Gang Member
Pola del Mar
as Gang Member's Mother
Jesse Anthony Gonzal...
as Gang Member's Brothe...
Clyde Kusatsu
as Interviewing Profess...
John Petlock
as Interviewing Profess...
J. Patrick McNamara
as Interviewing Profess...
Jan Munroe
as Interviewing Profess...
Michael Flanagan
as Lecturing Professor
Don Perry
as Lecturing Professor
Kay E. Kuter
as Lecturing Professor
Taylor Swift
as Cynthia Wilkes
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Critic Reviews for Gross Anatomy

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Gross Anatomy

rather ordinary film with an extraordinary performance by the great Christine Lathi.

jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

In spite of its misleading name, this is no horror film but a romantic drama with comedic elements. Daphne Zuniga and Matthew Modine play students in med school surrounded by other med students who, are all driven to excel. Zuniga is very much work focused and rigidly serious but Modine`s character is the somewhat stereotypical "hotshot street smart bad boy" who doesn't care enough. Naturally they are attracted to each other.

Two things captured my attention; the grueling pressures associated with the first year of medical school (with a continuing theme of dissecting corpses) and all the stress and strain of coping with the exams and workloads for students from different backgrounds and with different motivations. The interaction with his instructor Dr Woodruf who tries to extract the most from him is very interesting to note.

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Deb S

Super Reviewer

½

A great film! A favorite.

iLeo
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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