Playing God (1997)

Playing God



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Movie Info

After L.A. doctor Eugene Sands operates while under the influence of drugs, his license is taken away. With his career in shambles, Sands is hired to treat criminals who need medical attention but don't want to put themselves in jeopardy by visiting the hospital.

Rating: R (For strong graphic violence, gore, pervasive language and some drug use)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Mark Haskell Smith
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 16, 1998


as Eugene Sands

as Raymond Blossom

as Vladimir

as Mr. Hsi

as Adonis

as Dimitri

as Dr. Clifford

as Digiacomo

as Resident Surgeon

as Anaesthesiologist

as Surgeon No. 1

as Winston

as Russian Thug

as Russian Thug

as Russian Thug

as Rasta Doorman

as Bartender

as Crack Dealer

as Basketball Player

as Chinese Security Gua...

as S. African Businessm...

as S. African Businessw...

as Dutch Businessman

as FBI Agent
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Critic Reviews for Playing God

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (14)

A medical-underworld thriller that teaches the star of TV's The X-Files something about Z-grade theatrical pics.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Jarring and unpleasantly woozy.

April 29, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Playing God

Horrible. Jolie aside, horrible.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


The crime drama Playing God is a noir style film full of mystery and intrigue. The story follows Eugene Sands, a former surgeon that gets drawn into the life of a mob doctor, but soon finds that he's gotten in too deep. David Duchovny, Timothy Hutton, Angelina Jolie, and Peter Stormare form a solid cast and give good performances. Hutton is especially good at delivering the dark comedy, and creates a charismatic and fun villain. However, the directing is weak and hurts the film to a degree. Playing God is a flawed film, but still manages to deliver a compelling and entertaining thriller.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


I enjoyed this film, more than I expected, " Jolie" reprises her acting at the level we first had a glimpse of in "True Woman".

Joseph Eastmond

Super Reviewer

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