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Something the Lord Made (2004)





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The true story of two medical pioneers -- one celebrated, one overlooked -- is brought to life in this made-for-cable drama. Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) is chief surgeon at Johns Hopkins University, where he is pioneering new techniques in heart surgery. Blalock makes the acquaintance of Vivien Thomas (Mos Def), a carpenter hired to work at the University, and to his surprise discovers a man of keen intelligence who has a great interest in medicine. However, as a poor black man in the Jim Crow South, Thomas lacks the financial resources to obtain a medical degree, though he certainly has the knowledge and the desire. Blalock takes Thomas on as his lab assistant, and together they develop a technique that allows them to correct a common congenital heart defect in children. However, while they work side by side in the lab and in the operating room, Blalock and Thomas do not walk the same paths in society, and Thomas develops a deep resentment that he has been given little credit for his contribution to a medical innovation that makes Blalock famous. Produced for the premium cable network HBO, Something the Lord Made also features Gabrielle Union, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Charles S. Dutton.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Television
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Silverman, Robert Caswell
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On DVD: Jan 25, 2005
HBO Video


Alan Rickman
as Dr. Alfred Blalock
Yasiin Bey
as Vivien Thomas
Mary Stuart Masterso...
as Dr. Helen Taussig
Kyra Sedgwick
as Mary Blalock
Charles S. Dutton
as William Thomas
Doug Olear
as Mr. Saxon
Merritt Wever
as Mrs. Saxon
Marty Lodge
as Father Aucott
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I was intruiged by this movie for some reason, not the least of which was the pairing of Flixster favorite Rickman with hip-hop star Mos Def. One of the best movies I've seen in years, even as the deck was stacked against Vivien for years.

Derek Daniels

Super Reviewer

Love this movie! Very touching and I amazed by the extent of the plot. Mos Def portrayed a remarkable character.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

Based on a true story Alan Rickman & Mos Def put in a great performance. The film is loaded with some other great B list actors like Kyra Sedwick, Gabrielle Union, Charles Dutton, and Mary Stuart Masterson. The story takes place right here in Baltimore at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Something the Lord Made Quotes

Alfred Blalock: You know Vivien, they say 'you haven't really lived, unless you have a lot to regret'... I regret...
– Submitted by Natalie S (3 years ago)
Alfred Blalock: Perhaps God is, as you say, trying to kill this child. I am not.
– Submitted by phant . (4 years ago)
Alfred Blalock: They say you haven't lived unless you have a lot to regret. I regret... I have some regrets. But I think we should remember not what we lost, but what we've done. All the lives we saved and we did. We saved plenty, didn't we Vivien?
– Submitted by phant . (4 years ago)
Vivien Thomas: The dead are with us all the time, I believe. Can't separate the past from the future anymore you can right arm from left arm.
Alfred Blalock: Aaahh, but you see, they are separated by this, by the heart.
Vivien Thomas: All connected.
Alfred Blalock: [nods] All connected.
– Submitted by phant . (4 years ago)

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