Something The Lord Made
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Something the Lord Made (DVD)
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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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.
Truly a delightful movie.
story moved along and dealt with racism reasonably. it also dealt with prejudice against people without professional qualification but whose practical experience provides equivalent knowledge.
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Great movie. Tells you about the the days of old, that were not that long ago.Published 8 months ago by Raymond Laflamme
Very interesting DVD, fair price, well packed and fast delivery. Thank you very much.Published 9 months ago by Ancelot
This was very good. Would encourage people to buy it. A great story and a great lesson to appreciate --- worth every minute.Published 16 months ago by MCH
One of the nicest movies I have seen ages. Everyone should see it, it will bring a warm feeling to your heartPublished 18 months ago by Billie Cameron
I bought this on a whim and was so surprised! This is an excellent over the top film and I recommend it highly.Published on Jan. 26 2014 by Mozart
I had seen this movie years ago on TV.
Fabulous story, based on true events.
Loved it and have passed it on.