Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)




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Stepping into the role made famous on Broadway by Tom Conti, Richard Dreyfuss stars as a profoundly handicapped sculptor in Whose Life is it Anyway? Left a quadraplegic after an auto accident, the embittered Dreyfuss feels utterly useless, as both an artist and a human being. He doesn't want his family's love, or his doctor's care, or his nurse's ministrations. Dreyfuss simply wants to die-but this is impossible, given the legal state of things in the 1970s. Whose Life is It Anyway? may be the … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Brian Clark, Brian Clark, Reginald Rose, Robert E. Collins
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2007
Warner Home Video


as Ken Harrison

as Dr. Michael Emerson

as Dr. Clare Scott

as Carter Hill

as Judge Wyler

as Mary Jo

as Orderly John

as Nurse Rodriguez

as Mrs. Boyle

as Dr. Jacobs

as Dr. Barr

as Mr. Eden

as Day Nurse

as ICU Nurse

as Emergency Room Docto...

as 3rd-Year Student

as 1st-Year Intern

as Court Clerk

as Physiotherapist

as Anesthesiologist

as Court Clerk

as Orthodpedic Surgeon

as Basketball Player

as Basketball Player

as Basketball Player

as Basketball Player

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Critic Reviews for Whose Life Is It Anyway?

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 24, 2008
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
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Talky, depressing, ranting.

October 15, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Focuses on the right to die wishes of a sculptor who's paralyzed and provides viewers an opportunity to test their attitudes toward making choices about life and death.

Full Review… | January 30, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Whose Life Is It Anyway?

I had heard this was a very good play, but I was unaware it was a movie until recently. Dreyfuss gives both a charmingly hilarious and emotionally heart-wrenching performance as a quadriplegic sculptor who's lost the will to live. extremely thought-provoking as you find yourself never definitively taking a side all the way to the perfectly apropos ending. a film that really slides under the radar, but it's really quite amazing.


Important issues of dignity & self determination at the end of one's life. Superb acting by Richard Dreyfuss.

Patti t

The theme of this movie is: choice. It hasnt been around the shelves for awhile, so many havent had a chance to see it. Go see it if you can. It will make you think more than twice about your own mortality.

Mitsouko Wilson

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