Directed By: Michael Crichton Starring: Geneviève Bujold

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Michael crichton adapted and directed this chiller from robin cook's bestseller about a sinister medical conspiracy. Special features: interactive menus, scene access, and theatrical trailers. Subtitles in english and french.


Studio Warner
SKU 40118970
UPC 012569504622
UPC 14 00012569504622
Format DVD
Release Date 2/3/2004
Rating Rating
Conspiracy Theories
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Based on the best-selling novel by Robin Cook, COMA is a taught paranoid thriller and a dramatically apt metaphor for the corruption and fraud in the modern American health-care industry. Dr. Susan Wheeler (Genevieve Bujold) suspects her colleagues of foul play when her closest friend lapses into a coma following a routine operation. When Wheeler discovers a suspiciously frequent pattern of unexplained comas in her hospital, she becomes obsessed with finding an answer, even when it puts her own career and life in danger. Her lover, Dr. Bellows (Michael Douglas), admits there is a mystery but doubts there is a conspiracy and even suspects Wheeler of suffering from a nervous breakdown. The tension builds as Wheeler's investigation leads her to a secret corporation specializing in organ transplant experimentation and sale for profit, and she soon witnesses the defining image of the film: comatose bodies suspended on wires in a computer-controlled environment. With its suspensful plot, dramatic editing, and conspiratorial terror, COMA is a precursor to many paranoid dramas such as THE FIRM and THE PELICAN BRIEF, establishing a defined style that may yet become a genre unto itself.
Plot Summary
Summary Something eerie is going on at Boston Memorial--patients with minor problems are slipping into irreversible comas, and a doctor is targeted when she suspects her colleagues of foul play.
Sight and Sound "...[COMA] combines dry humour and documentary realism....A pleasingly old-fashioned movie..." 06/01/1978 p.193-4
Variety "...An extremely entertaining suspense drama....[The] entire cast, down through minor supporting roles, contributes to the impact..." 01/25/1978
Michael Crichton
Geneviève Bujold
Cast & Crew
Elizabeth Ashley - Star
Michael Douglas - Star
Richard Doyle - Star
Richard Widmark - Star
Lois Chiles - Star
Rip Torn - Star
Geneviève Bujold - Star
Tom Selleck - Star
Hari Rhodes - Star
Gary Barton - Star
Frank Downing - Star
Albert Brenner - Production Designer
Jerry Goldsmith - Composer
Michael Crichton - Screenwriter
Martin Erlichman - Producer
Gerald Hirschfeld - Director of Photography
David Bretherton - Editor
Victor J. Kemper - Director of Photography
Michael Crichton - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1978
Catalog ID 65046
UPC 00012569504622
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 113 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, French, Subtitled, Interactive, Scene Access, Trailers
Product Attributes
Actor Douglas,Michael
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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