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Something The Lord Made

Alan Rickman , Mos Def , Joseph Sargent    Unrated   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Something the Lord Made recounts the relationship between Dr. Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) and Vivian Thomas (Mos Def). It begins in 1930s Nashville when imperious cardiac surgeon Blalock hires Thomas, an African American carpenter, as his janitor. When the latter reveals a passion for medicine and facility with surgical instruments, Blalock promotes him to lab tech. Thomas isn't given a raise, works side jobs to make ends meet, and is expected to be grateful. Along the way, he follows Blalock from Vanderbilt to Johns Hopkins, where they save thousands of lives through their pioneering work, but will Thomas ever get any credit? The film provides a satisfying answer to that question. Joseph Sargent (A Lesson Before Dying) directs with subtlety and intelligence, while Rickman and Mos Def are in top form, often underplaying where most actors would do otherwise. Something the Lord Made won the 2004 Emmy for outstanding made-for-TV movie. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something The Lord Made Nov. 12 2006
This is the best movie my wife and I have seen in a long time. It makes you cheer, root for Vivian Thomas (Mos Def), cry, laugh. Totally a wonderful movie. Based on a true story it portrays the triumphs and the let downs of a very intelligent black man who is hired as a janitor/lab assistant but develops and becomes an invaluable partner to a white researcher. Until late in the movie he is still considered "black" and not as good as the white man. But, he triumphs and, in the end, is given his due.

Truly a delightful movie.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something the Lord made, indeed June 26 2010
It is the 1930s in the deep South, and Vivien Thomas (Mos Def), who always dreamed of becoming a doctor, has just been fired from his job as a carpenter. Hired to clean the lab cages for the arrogant Dr. Blalock (Alan Rickman), Vivien quickly demonstrates a rare affinity for medicine and a knack for making improvised surgical instruments. Blalock appreciates his unusual skills and takes Vivien with him when he moves to Johns Hopkins University, where, together, they work to save dying "blue babies."

It's been a long time since a movie touched me this much. This Emmy-winning HBO film is simply outstanding in every way; the script, based on a true story, is exciting and the actors are all excellent. I got the movie because of Alan Rickman, but it is Mos Def who is the real star. He gives a powerful performance as an idealistic young man hobbled by the injustices of segregation who perseveres to become a respected scientist. Though Vivien never attended college, he helped plan and assisted in the world's first heart bypass surgery to correct blue baby syndrome in 1944.

The Jim Crow era is recreated well, creating a cruel and hopeless world; it is nothing short of amazing that Vivien accomplished all he did. This is an exceptional movie, guaranteed to have you reaching for the tissues. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something The Lord Made Jan. 5 2012
By Duchess TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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We bought this because we liked Alan Rickman. He has played in many roles that we liked, so I thought this would be a good movie to buy. It's based on a true story of how the two figured out a way to fix the heart defect that was referred to as 'blue baby'. Both played their roles very well and it really shows how the black man, regardless of the fact he did most of the important work that was involved, that he still had not got the deserved recognition until much later in life. I would recommend this to anyone who likes stories based on true events.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whio would have thought! Jan. 26 2014
By Mozart
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I bought this on a whim and was so surprised! This is an excellent over the top film and I recommend it highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly awesome drama Jan. 24 2014
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I had seen this movie years ago on TV.
Fabulous story, based on true events.
Loved it and have passed it on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amen! Jan. 20 2014
By Gadfly
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I knew Rickman has talent, but was very pleasantly surprised with Mos Def's talent! A great and worthy true story told in a humbly good way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Underlies the race relationships at the time Jan. 7 2014
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Well done. holds interest. Is great for discussion purposes. Helps one to examine their own prejudices. Gives a boost to the necessity of research .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie Nov. 9 2013
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Very interesting story about this history of cardiac surgery in a racist USA. Great acting and storytelling. This movie shows hoe removing the boundaries of racism can lead to progress when we all work in harmony
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