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August 28, 2016
Writer/director Michael Crichton adapted his second feature (and follow-up to Westworld) from Robin Cook's bestselling novel of the same name. The result is a deliberately paced Thriller with Horror and Science Fiction overtones (noted critic John Kenneth Muir includes this film in both two tomes, Horror Films of the 1970s and Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of the 1970s). Genevieve Bujold plays Dr. Susan Wheeler who uncovers an apparent conspiracy at Boston Memorial Hospital when her best friend and aerobics partner (did they call aerobics yet?) emerges in a vegetative state following a routine procedure. She discovers an abundance of anaesthesia-induced comas involving young, healthy patients undergoing routine operations. Susan comes up against the "old-boys network" at her hospital, her concerns dismissed by the chief of staff (Richard Widmark) and chief anesthesiologist (Rip Torn). Even her boyfriend/partner/lover Dr. Mark Bellows (Michael Douglas) tries to downplay Susan's suspicions but strange events continue happening and a mysterious and sinister-looking man starts following her. It all has something to do with the mysterious Jefferson Institute where comatose patents are sent to be cared for, and which resembles a fortress. Bujold proves a gutsy and appealing champion for 1970s era feminism and an engaging heroine and she and Douglas have good screen chemistry together. Crichton fills the film with sinister-seeming people who may or may not have anything to do with a criminal conspiracy. Look for future Bond girl Lois Chiles, future Magnum P.I. star Tom Selleck (who would star in Crichton's Runaway), Ed Harris as a pathology resident, Hari Rhodes as a psychiatrist, and director Michael Mann as a technician.
August 11, 2016
Intern uncovers conspiracy in a medical hospital in this chilling, taunt suspense film.
April 2, 2016
A brilliant icy suspense thriller of the late 70s..
January 23, 2016
Hospital thriller where the lack of health insurance is only a small problem for its patients. Bujold is okay, but Medical Examiner Quincy would have wrapped up the mystery in only an hour.
October 17, 2015
70s paranoia hits the hospital--Genevieve Bujold plays a surgeon who wonders why several patients have ended up in irreversible comas after minor surgery and uncovers a deadly conspiracy. This thriller holds up well, even after several viewings.
½ September 25, 2015
Want to see it again after 30 years of lapse.
September 13, 2015
Suspenseful and Underrated late 70s Medical Thriller
½ July 28, 2015
Coma is a mediocre thriller with its fair share of suspense
July 13, 2015
The first half is rather slow, but the later half makes up for it.

It's a medical thriller that has a rather clever plot. While the reveal of the villain is obvious, the tension has a great slow burn to it. It's almost like a Hitchcock film.

There is some unnecessary nudity so keep the kids away, but other than that, just about anyone can get into this film.

Check it out.
February 17, 2015
Solid medical thriller that has aged a bit but holds up due to a talented cast & excellent direction by Crichton. Bujold is compelling in the lead role, playing a talented doctor whose personality can be grating at times, showing both her determination to get to the bottom of the mystery but also why many don't believe her. Douglas is solid as her doctor boyfriend and in a nice gender swap, it's the woman whose the dogged 'detective' with the boyfriend being one trying to hold her back. Behind the camera, Crichton gives a solid adaption of the Robin Cook novel, shining when focusing on the medical drama (the mundane conversations doctors have when performing surgery are very realistic) though the romantic subplot doesn't quite work (a vacation montage feels out of place). Overall, solid thriller that is definitely worth a viewing.
½ September 24, 2014
The ending is suspenseful but it takes a long time to get there.
½ April 5, 2014
Decent little thriller with some great scenes, though the characters are hollow and the pacing isn't the best. The plot is enjoyable enough, and there are some nice twists though a rather lackluster ending.
August 28, 2013
Decent medical thriller. Reasonably suspenseful and direction is solid. Plot is not entirely bullet-proof though and some twists can be spotted well in advance.

Good performances from Genevieve Bujold and Michael Douglas in the lead roles. Support is so-so. Richard Widmark wasn't entirely convincing. Also includes Tom Selleck and Ed Harris in minor roles.
½ June 16, 2013
this medical thriller still holds up really well. Clean, spare and eerie.
June 1, 2013
A strong thriller that has fantastic central performances, is well shot, has a decent script, well made score, plenty of tense scenes and an intriguing and engaging plot that has twists and turns until the really good ending.
½ March 20, 2013
Coma put me in a Coma........
½ February 11, 2013
Although there are more holes in the plot than in the Ozone layer, "Coma" is an atmospheric, well acted film to be enjoyed.
½ January 24, 2013
Tiene muchos cambios con respecto a la obra original, pero aun asi es un thriller-medico-paranoico bastante disfrutable
January 13, 2013
An effective thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat despite some obvious plot holes. Medical procedures look very convincing, and the cast features then-unknown Michael Douglass.
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