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Something the Lord Made [2004 film]

by Joseph Sargent (Director)

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Something the Lord Made: This movie was unbelievable. It is based on a true story about a rich white doctor and a poor black carpenter. Those in the medical field will most likely know both of these names. The rich white doctor was Dr. Alfred Blalock and the poor black carpenter was Vivien T. Thomas. What made this movie so terrific to watch is it kept you interested and it moved quickly. It was really quite true to the period of time it was set in (About the 1940's)......It covers a 40 year span though and does it effortsly.

MARY STUART MASTERSON plays Dr. Helen Taussig, an intregal part of this story.

SOMETHING THE LORD MADE is a moving story of men who defy the rules and start a medical revolution. Their patients are known as the "blue babies" - infants suffering from a congenital heart defect that turns them blue as they slowly suffocate.

Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) and Vivien Thomas (Mos Def) make a brilliant team. But even as they race against time to save one particular baby, the two occupy different places in society. Blalock is the white, wealthy head of surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Thomas is black and poor, a skilled carpenter whose dream of going to college and becoming a doctor was ruined by the Great Depression, although he was naturally gifted with the intuition and dexterity of a great surgeon.

Even as they save lives and invent a whole new field of medicine, social pressures threaten to tear them apart. Ultimately, however, Thomas finds his dreams coming true in unexpected ways. ( )
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Sargent, JosephDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Def, Mossecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Masterson, Mary Stuartsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rickman, Alansecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sedgwick, Kyrasecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Union, Gabriellesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Tells the emotional true story of two men who defined the rules of their time to launch a medical revolution, set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow south. Working in 1940s Baltimore on an unprecedented technique for performing heart surgery on "blue babies", Dr. Alfred Blalock and lab technician Vivien Thomas from an impressive team. As Blalock and Thomas invent a new field of medicine, saving thousands of lives in the process, social pressures threaten to undermine their collaboration and tear them apart.… (more)

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