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Before he created "ER" Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, Twister) adapted and directed (his debut behind the camera) this chiller from Robin Cook's best-seller about a sinister medical conspiracy. Genevieve Bujold, Michael Douglas and Richard Widmark star as doctors caught in its web.
Something is awry at Boston General Hospital. Dr. Wheeler's (Genevieve Bujold) friend Nancy goes in for a routine procedure, but never comes out of the anesthesia and slips into a coma. Wheeler learns that a tissue sample from the young woman went to the lab, then soon finds out that a high number of patients have become comatose recently. She digs a little deeper and finds a conspiracy mired in hospital politics, running afoul of the head of anesthesia, Dr. George (Rip Torn) and the head of surgery, Dr. Harris (Richard Widmark). Nobody believes the young MD, not even her boyfriend Dr. Bellows (Douglas), but she soon uncovers a black-market trade in body parts, conducted offsite at the Jefferson Institute, a state-of-the-art coma-care facility. As a thriller, Coma certainly has its moments (the scene where a hit man is buried under a pile of frozen-stiff cadavers is an inspired touch), but it's not without its problems. Director Michael Crichton is an MD himself, and the film has a seamless, almost mechanical structure and plotline (taken from the Robin Cook novel). However, the movie's cold, detached feel works against it at times, making the suspense scenes oddly more effective but rendering the emotional content of the characters rather flat. Douglas in particular seems to not put much into his performance; Bujold, on the other hand, is strong and resourceful as the movie's protagonist. More telling, perhaps, is the way that the story shows its age in a time when medical ethics have changed and the phrase "organ harvesting" has made its way into our lexicon. --Jerry Renshaw
I loved this film the first time I saw it many years ago. Great suspence movie. Still a good movie after all these years. Thank youPublished on Jan. 13 2013 by alison Depatie
This version was much closer to the novel. I thought the acting was better too. And besides, Genevieve Bujold is hot!!Published on Dec 6 2012 by Parsha Lee
Un film qui demeure un de mes classiques maison, mais qui vieillit un peu, à noter cependant une autre bonne prestation de Geneviève Bujold.Published on Aug. 19 2012 by Soimègne
"Coma" is based on the novel by Robin Cook, and a thoroughly fun read has become a thoroughly fun movie. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004
Though made in the 1970's and featuring some aweful music, this thriller about simple and routine surgery "gone bad" is a fun ride. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2003 by NHgboy
If you're afraid of going to the hospital DO NOT WATCH THIS FLICK! I saw it while recovering from surgery and it totally freaked me out! Awesome!!
After his success with the 1973 sci-fi thriller "Westworld" director Michael Crichton followed up with 1978's "Coma". Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2002 by B.C. Scribe
Writer/director Michael Crichton's second film was an adaption of Robin Cook's bestselling novel. Michael Douglas plays the role of the heroine while Geneviene Bujold has the... Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2002 by Wayne Klein