Something the Lord Made (2004)





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The true story of two medical pioneers -- one celebrated, one overlooked -- is brought to life in this made-for-cable drama. Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) is chief surgeon at Johns Hopkins University, where he is pioneering new techniques in heart surgery. Blalock makes the acquaintance of Vivien Thomas (Mos Def), a carpenter hired to work at the University, and to his surprise discovers a man of keen intelligence who has a great interest in medicine. However, as a poor black man in the Jim Crow South, Thomas lacks the financial resources to obtain a medical degree, though he certainly has the knowledge and the desire. Blalock takes Thomas on as his lab assistant, and together they develop a technique that allows them to correct a common congenital heart defect in children. However, while they work side by side in the lab and in the operating room, Blalock and Thomas do not walk the same paths in society, and Thomas develops a deep resentment that he has been given little credit for his contribution to a medical innovation that makes Blalock famous. Produced for the premium cable network HBO, Something the Lord Made also features Gabrielle Union, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Charles S. Dutton.
Drama , Television
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Alan Rickman
as Dr. Alfred Blalock
Yasiin Bey
as Vivien Thomas
Mary Stuart Masterson
as Dr. Helen Taussig
Kyra Sedgwick
as Mary Blalock
Charles S. Dutton
as William Thomas
Robert F. Chew
as Janitor
Doug Olear
as Mr. Saxon
Merritt Wever
as Mrs. Saxon
Marty Lodge
as Father Aucott
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Based on a true story Alan Rickman & Mos Def put in a great performance. The film is loaded with some other great B list actors like Kyra Sedwick, Gabrielle Union, Charles Dutton, and Mary Stuart Masterson. The story takes place right here in Baltimore at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Demetrius Nicolaidis
Demetrius Nicolaidis

I like Mos Def in everything I have ever seen him in. I had not heard of this film but channel surfed to it on HBO this morning. Great story, well acted and beautifully filmed.

john risner
john risner

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 Daniels
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