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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
Mos Def
as Vivien Thomas
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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

How can a surgery scene be edge of your seat TV viewing? This is a beautiful movie. Mos Def was excellent... who is this guy??? This movie managed to show the 'bigotry' of the past without seeming to judge it. It was like a curtain that was pushed aside over time. Very well done.

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