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Gross Anatomy (1989)

PG-13 | | Drama | 20 October 1989 (USA)
A smart first-year med student takes nothing seriously, except the pursuit of his Gross Anatomy (human dissection) lab partner. It's up to her and their teacher to find a way to convince ... See full summary »

Director:

Thom Eberhardt

Writers:

Mark Spragg (story), Howard Rosenman (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Joe Slovak
Daphne Zuniga ... Laurie Rorbach
Christine Lahti ... Dr. Rachel Woodruff
Todd Field ... David Schreiner
John Scott Clough John Scott Clough ... Miles Reed
Alice Carter ... Kim McCauley
Robert Desiderio ... Dr. Banks
Zakes Mokae ... Dr. Banumbra
Clyde Kusatsu ... Interviewing Professor
John Petlock John Petlock ... Interviewing Professor
J. Patrick McNamara ... Interviewing Professor
Jan Munroe ... Interviewing Professor
Kay E. Kuter ... Lecturing Professor
Michael Flanagan Michael Flanagan ... Lecturing Professor
Don Perry ... Lecturing Professor
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Storyline

A smart first-year med student takes nothing seriously, except the pursuit of his Gross Anatomy (human dissection) lab partner. It's up to her and their teacher to find a way to convince him to take his studies and life seriously. Written by Blue Dragon <movies@sharyl.mailstop.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It Takes Hard Work, Discipline, And Committment To Get Through Med School. But Joe's Never Done Anything By The Book. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cut Above See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,830,387, 22 October 1989

Gross USA:

$11,604,598

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,604,598
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The music department insisted that they use a song by the Beastie Boys which was very expensive against the wishes of Director Thom Eberhardt. Eberhardt couldn't find a place for it but finally used it during the scene where Alice Carter's character has gone into labor. For that Eberhardt, insisted that he use an expensive song to license of his own to use in a scene and the studio agreed. The Doris Day song that play in the background during the scene where Carter gives birth in the cafe. See more »

Goofs

After being grilled by Dr. Woodruff, Joe Slovak closes the cadaver's chest cavity twice. See more »

Quotes

Joe Slovak: [confronting Dr. Woodruff after his roommate was asked to leave medical school] He's human. Not superhuman, just human. He did what he thought he had to do because he wanted to be a doctor more than anything else in the world and you ruined this for him.
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Alternate Versions

Another scene had Modine yelling as if there was some sort of campus protest occurring. Theater tags on TV showed this scene where he screams, "What the hell is wrong with you people?!" On Showtime's print of the film, that phrase is nowhere to be found. See more »


Soundtracks

If I Give My Heart To You
Written by Jimmy Crane, Al Jacobs, Jimmy Brewster
Performed by Doris Day
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
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Works Inspite of Shortcomings.
20 July 2002 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

A first-year med student (Matthew Modine) is obsessed with becoming a doctor, but jokes his way through everything else in his life in this under-rated little flick that works due to a clever screenplay and good performances from the major players in the cast. The film goes for funny and outlandish situations, but has undertones of drama early and then the drama takes center stage by the film's final act. Christine Lahti shines as the one professor who locks horns with Modine. Above-average and enjoyable overall. 3.5 out of 5 stars.


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