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April 16, 2018
Il Capolavoro di Michael Crichton. Thriller perfetto, che non risente dei suoi 40 anni, minuzioso anche dal punto di vista medico, con operazioni, anestesie(letali) e termini tecnici impeccabili. Uno degli ultimi ruoli da antagonista per Richard Widmark e il primo da protagonista per Michael Douglas. CULT
April 11, 2018
This is a really good movie about a conspiracy in a hospital to put patients into comas and sell their organs. uncovering the plot, the heroine also gets put into a coma by these evil doctors and barely escapes alive!
November 19, 2017
Extremely schematic thriller in the seventies paranoid vein directed unflashily by Michael Crichton (who also adapted the screenplay from Robin Cook's book). It starts out alright with Geneviève Bujold's Susan Wheeler becoming suspicious about a series of unexplained comas at her workplace (Boston Memorial Hospital). She confides in her lover Michael Douglas who may or may not be trustworthy. But about an hour in, we know she is correct and then the running starts. Of course, there are further discoveries to be made and we don't quite know all of the answers until the final few minutes, when (like a classic episode of the Batman TV show) Bujold is captured by the main villain and about to meet her doom unless unless unless (she is rescued, of course). So, it's a classic cross-cutting finale straight out of the silent days. I suppose the big secret discovered at the Jefferson Institute (where comatose patients are sent to live out their days in a brutalist monstrosity) is suitably surprising but somehow they couldn't hang a whole film on it. Nevertheless, this was fine as mindless fare when your mind is nowhere.
November 6, 2017
It's not a bad thriller, you might even like it more if you're an MD, but Bujold distracts.
February 25, 2017
Coma is a superb film. It is about a young female doctor who notices an unnatural amount of comas occurring in her hospital she uncovers a horrible conspiracy. Michael Douglas and Genevieve Bujold give fantastic performances. The screenplay is good but a little slow in places. Michael Crichton did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama and mystery. Coma is a must see.
½ February 4, 2017
Terrific paranoid thriller from writer/director Michael Crichton. Geneviève Bujold plays a doctor investigation a mystery around what's happening to otherwise healthy patients lapsing into comas. She's helped by her skeptical boyfriend, fellow doctor Michael Douglas, but she's really on her own uncovering a creepy conspiracy. The mystery of what's happening to the patients is the weakest element of the film, but the acting, tense direction, and smartly written script allows the audience to gloss over the obviousness of the mystery. It also helps that I'm a big fan of 1970s paranoid conspiracy thriller like "Winter Kills" or "The Parallax View," which I believe grew out of Watergate. Conspiracy films and television shows made a resurgence in the 90s with "The X-Files," "JFK," and so on. I think our current political climate is now ripe for another resurgence of the paranoid conspiracy thriller. But I digress. Rip Torn, Richard Widmark, Lois Chiles, Tom Selleck, Joanna Kerns, and Ed Harris in his film debut all appear in the film. And Jerry Goldsmith provides a fine score for the film.
½ January 29, 2017
just re-watched and this medical mystery now feels dated like glass bottles 4 IV's & dinosaur computers
½ January 17, 2017
The best epitome of a thriller yet at 2016. Will remain many years to come !
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.
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.
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