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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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Ce film faisait parti d'une autre commande et ce fut toute une surprise de le recevoir 2 jours avant la date prévue !Published 4 months ago by Tonton GG
Great movie. Tells you about the the days of old, that were not that long ago.Published 14 months ago by Ray La
Very interesting DVD, fair price, well packed and fast delivery. Thank you very much.Published 15 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 22 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 24 months ago by Billie Cameron