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Playing God (1997)

A disgraced surgeon leaves his former life and reinvents himself as a gunshot doctor in the criminal underworld.

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Andy Wilson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Dr. Eugene Sands
Timothy Hutton ... Raymond Blossom
Angelina Jolie ... Claire
Michael Massee ... Gage
Peter Stormare ... Vladimir
Andrew Tiernan ... Cyril
Gary Dourdan ... Yates
John Hawkes ... Flick
Will Stewart ... Perry
Philip Moon ... Casey
Pasha D. Lychnikoff ... Andrei (as Pavel D. Lynchnikoff)
Tracey Walter ... Jim
Sandra Kinder ... Sue
Bill Rosier Bill Rosier ... Jerry
Keone Young ... Mr. Ksi
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Storyline

Stripped of his medical license after performing an operation while high on amphetamines, famed LA surgeon Dr Eugene Sands abandons his former life only to find himself crossing paths with Raymond Blossom, an infamous counterfeiter. Employed as a "gun-shot doctor" when Raymond's associates cannot risk visiting a hospital, Eugene is lured deep into the criminal world and becomes entangled with his boss's girlfriend. Written by Anonymous

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A game with no rules. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence, gore, pervasive language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

17 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Playing Hero See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,937,374, 19 October 1997

Gross USA:

$4,166,918

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,166,918
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the Don Simpson autobiography "High Concept" , the concept for this film was stolen from a doctor who died at Simpson's house before he could finish the script. See more »

Goofs

During the car chase with the three Range Rovers the front and rear lettering on the vehicles intermittently appears and disappears. See more »

Quotes

Eugene: Sometimes we all wonder how things come to be. A chain of events: A leads to B leads to C leads to Z. Each life is made up of big decisions and each day is made up of a million little decisions. What shirt to wear, what street to walk on, what to eat for lunch. Now all of these seemingly inconsequential choices may change your life forever. But who can handle that kind of responsibility? It would paralyze you to think about it. So you have to trust your instinct, what the Greeks might call your...
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If the Sea Was Whiskey
Written by Willie Dixon and Leonard Caston
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16 May 2004 | by kanekuniSee all my reviews

Smart, funny script with interesting original premise of the doctor forced to work for criminals. The movie wanders, though, as there's no real central plotline. Great dialogue, but maybe the subsidiary characters are more interesting than the main characters. Script is dramatic/comedic; movie is played down, but the choice to do so seems to have robbed the movie of much-needed juice. The stakes don't seem to be too high for any character. Direction is competent, but doesn't match the script. Hutton is scary, but doesn't have much to do except act scary. Duchovny is fine, but I think he was cast mostly for his X-Files fame at the time. He's not exactly the most charismatic lead actor.


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