Vital Signs (1990)

Vital Signs (1990)



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Marisa Silver helmed this tightly directed hospital drama reminiscent of David Swift's 1962 The Interns. Jimmy Smits plays Dr. David Redding, who guides seven student doctors through their third year of residency at Los Angeles Central's medical school. The cast includes Laura San Giacomo as Lauren Rose, a hard-working waitress putting her uncaring husband Kenny (Jack Gwaltney) through medical school; Kenny eventually breaks down the resistance of cool fellow student Gena Wyler (Diane Lane). Kenny is also competing with doctor's son Michael Chatham (Adrian Pasdar), who wants to become the best surgeon at L.A. Central; Michael, however, has to reconsider his goals when he realizes that he also needs Gena's love. Bobby Hayes (Tim Ransom) and Suzanne Maloney (Jane Adams) are also struggling with medical school, but they are a support team who study, work, and even sleep together. Through all the competitions and love affairs it eventually takes the wisdom of a dying cancer patient (Norma Aleandro) to make the medical students realize the important things in life.
Rating: R
Genre: Drama , Romance
Directed By: Marisa Silver
Written By: Larry Ketron , David Seltzer , Jeb Stuart
In Theaters: wide
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Adrian Pasdar
as Michael Chatham
Diane Lane
as Gina Wyler
Jimmy Smits
as Dr. David Redding
Norma Aleandro
as Henrietta Walker
Jack Gwaltney
as Kenny Rose
Laura San Giacomo
as Lauren Rose
Jane Adams (II)
as Suzanne Maloney
Tim Ransom
as Bobby Hayes
Bradley Whitford
as Dr. Ballentine
William Devane
as Dr. Chatham
James Karen
as Dean of Students
Leigh C. Kim
as Dr. Chen
Enid Kent
as Vivian
Telma Hopkins
as Dr. Kennan
Daniel Ziskie
as Dr. Kelly
Rob Neukirch
as Rita's Resident
Stanley DeSantis
as Loan Officer
Steve Bean
as OB/GYN Intern
Claudia Harrington
as Pregnant Woman
Dan Ziskie
as Dr. Kelly
Seth Isler
as Male Resident
Jay Arlen Jones
as Paramedic
Jeanne Mori
as Billy's Nurse
Christine Avila
as Non-Clown Nurse
Mary Pat Gleason
as Rotunda Woman
Perla Walter
as Hispanic Woman
Lei Kim
as Dr. Chen
as Phone Nurse
Rose Weaver
as Henrietta's Night Nurse
Myra Turley
as Henrietta's IV Nurse
Lou Saint James
as Redding's Paramedic
Joan Newlin
as ER Nurse
Vicki Winters
as Hospital Employee
Doug Robinson
as Competing Swimmer
Craig Hosking
as Helicopter Pilot
Billy Bacon
as Swimmer
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Full Review… | April 12, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
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October 9, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Vital Signs

4.5/10. Melodramatic fluff, hardly believable, surprisingly not very well acted. It frequently did not hold my interest and very much was looking forward to it ending. Nothing in the least bit special.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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