Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981) - Rotten Tomatoes

Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)




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In this film, Richard Dreyfuss stars as a profoundly handicapped sculptor. Left a quadriplegic after an auto accident, the embittered Dreyfuss feels utterly useless, as both an artist and a human being. Dreyfuss simply wants to die -- but this is impossible, given the legal state of things in the 1970s.

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Richard Dreyfuss
as Ken Harrison
John Cassavetes
as Dr. Michael Emerson
Christine Lahti
as Dr. Clare Scott
Bob Balaban
as Carter Hill
Kenneth McMillan
as Judge Wyler
Kaki Hunter
as Mary Jo
Thomas Carter
as Orderly John
Alba Oms
as Nurse Rodriguez
Kathryn Grody
as Mrs. Boyle
George Wyner
as Dr. Jacobs
Mel Stewart
as Dr. Barr
Ward Costello
as Mr. Eden
Alston Ahern
as Day Nurse
Betty Cole
as ICU Nurse
Lyman Ward
as Emergency Room Doctor
Alan Stock
as 3rd-Year Student
Jeffrey Combs
as 1st-Year Intern
John Garber
as Physiotherapist
Katie Guymon
as Anesthesiologist
Fred Slyter
as Court Clerk
Tony Simotes
as Orthodpedic Surgeon
Sebastian DeFrancesco
as Basketball Player
Thomas Collette
as Basketball Player
Duane F. Johnson
as Basketball Player
Larry D. Callaghan
as Basketball Player
William E. Townsend
as Basketball Player
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Critic Reviews for Whose Life Is It Anyway?

All Critics (5)

Talky, depressing, ranting.

October 15, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Focuses on the right to die wishes of a sculptor who's paralyzed and provides viewers an opportunity to test their attitudes toward making choices about life and death.

Full Review… | January 30, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Whose Life Is It Anyway?

for all its verbal pyrotechnics, the film has the unmistakable narrative thinness of the filmed play. One of the results is that our sympathy for the eternally wisecracking Dreyfuss is stretched to the limit.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

I had heard this was a very good play, but I was unaware it was a movie until recently. Dreyfuss gives both a charmingly hilarious and emotionally heart-wrenching performance as a quadriplegic sculptor who's lost the will to live. extremely thought-provoking as you find yourself never definitively taking a side all the way to the perfectly apropos ending. a film that really slides under the radar, but it's really quite amazing.

Brian Schnell
Brian Schnell

There are a couple of goofy annoying scenes that should have been cut, but otherwise it's a very engaging medical drama. Richard Dreyfuss is great as a man who is paralyzed for all but about 3 minutes of the movie. I would have like to see more of John Cassavetes, but oh well. A good film.

Matt Kendrick
Matt Kendrick

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