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Although Vivien Thomas (Mos Def), a black man in the 1930s, is originally hired as a janitor, he proves himself adept at assisting the "Blue Baby doctor," Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman), with his medical research. When Blalock insists that Thomas follow him to Johns Hopkins University, they must find a way to skirt a racist system to continue their study of infant heart disease. Thomas is indispensable to Blalock's progress, but Blalock is the only one who is allowed to receive the acclaim.

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  • Oct 23, 2009
    A story of a prominent doctor and his black lab assistant who suffers the inequities of a racially biased society that pioneers the practice of open heart surgery at John Hopkins Hospital A slow moving drama to be sure but the best performance I've seen by MosDef to date .
    CivilZen H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 02, 2008
    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 D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2007
    A true story about one of the first heart operations ever done at Hopkins. Not only a good medical history movie but also a great black history film as well.
    Ida K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2007
    Love this movie! Very touching and I amazed by the extent of the plot. Mos Def portrayed a remarkable character.
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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