Coma

1978

Coma

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A feisty, feminist intern uncovers a medical conspiracy in this icy thriller about mysterious goings-on at Boston Memorial Hospital. When her best friend and aerobics partner, Nancy Greenly (Lois Chiles), emerges in a vegetative state from a routine abortion, Dr. Susan Wheeler (Genevieve Bujold) does some digging and discovers an overabundance of anesthesia-induced comas among otherwise healthy young patients. The male authority figures who challenge Susan's technically illegal tampering with medical records include her boss, Dr. Harris (Richard Widmark); the chief anesthesiologist, Dr. George (Rip Torn); and even her boyfriend, Dr. Mark Bellows (Michael Douglas), who doesn't want Susan's shenanigans to get in the way of his shot at chief resident. As Susan continues her crusade, the paper trail leads to the Jefferson Institute, a mysterious, experimental facility in which vegetative patients are stored en masse, suspended from the ceiling by wires threaded through their long bones, in order to reduce the cost of long-term care. A shadowy assailant begins to stalk Susan just as she uncovers the link between the Jefferson Institute and the comas at Boston Memorial, setting the stage for climactic suspense scenes involving morgues, malpractice and endless institutional corridors. Writer/director Michael Crichton adapted his second feature film from Robin Cook's bestseller of the same name. Tom Selleck, who would star in Crichton's Runaway several years later, appears briefly in Coma as another victim of lethal anesthesia.

Cast

Geneviève Bujold
as Dr. Susan Wheeler
Michael Douglas
as Dr. Mark Bellows
Richard Widmark
as Dr. Harris
Elizabeth Ashley
as Mrs. Emerson
Rip Torn
as Dr. George
Lois Chiles
as Nancy Greenly
Hari Rhodes
as Dr. Morelind
Hari
as Dr. Morelind
Gary Barton
as Computer Technician
Alan Haufrect
as Dr. Marcus
Michael MacRae
as Chief Resident
Charles Siebert
as Dr. Goodman
William Wintersole
as Lab Technician
Joni Palmer
as Dance Instructor
Kay Cole
as Sally
Sarina C. Grant
as Woman in Elevator
Benny Rubin
as Mr. Schwartz
Dick Balduzzi
as First Maintenance Man
Gary Bisig
as Second Maintenance Man
Michael Lally
as Security Man
Duane Tucker
as First Man in Shower
Paul Ryan
as First Technician
David McKnight
as Man in Elevator
Robert Burton
as Pathology Resident #1
Ed Harris
as Pathology Resident #2
Joe Bratcher
as Surgical Resident
Martin Speer
as Surgical Resident
Roger Newman
as Surgical Resident
Tom Borut
as Dr. Cowans
Philip G. Brooks
as Dr. Richards
Kurt Andon
as First Cop
Wyatt Johnson
as Second Cop
Del Hinkley
as Second Man in Shower
Michael Mann
as Second Technician
Gerald Benston
as Anesthetist
Paul Davidson
as Surgical Resident
Gerald Berns
as Security Guard
Edward C. Higgins
as Security guard #2
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Critic Reviews for Coma

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Audience Reviews for Coma

  • Oct 29, 2019
    Coma tries to infuse some social consciousness into a standard and conventional thriller. This is far from the best of the conspiracy films that were popular in the 1970s, but it's one of only a few with a female lead. Geneviève Bujold is excellent as a determined doctor trying to solve the mystery of why patients are falling into comas after routine surgeries.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2012
    A criative thriller.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 24, 2007
    Tightly directed medical thriller with top performances from Genevieve Bujold and Richard Widmark. Interesting premise well realized with a lot of now familiar faces, like Ed Harris and Tom Selleck, in small roles. Elizabeth Ashley scores strongly in her few scenes imparting a sense of malevolence beneath an icy professional demeanor.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2007
    This will make you think twice before having surgery!
    Ida K Super Reviewer

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