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Threshold (1981)

The celebrated heart surgeon Dr. Vrain supports the research of the offbeat scientist Aldo Gehring, who is inventing an artificial heart. Dr. Vrain performs the first artificial human heart... See full summary »

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Richard Pearce

Writer:

James Salter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... Dr. Thomas Vrain
John Marley ... Edgar Fine
Sharon Acker ... Tilla Vrain
Mare Winningham ... Carol Severance
Jeff Goldblum ... Dr. Aldo Gehring
Michael Lerner ... Henry De Vici
Julie Armstrong Julie Armstrong ... Donna Clure
Jun Asahina Jun Asahina ... Japanese Technician
Steve Ballantine Steve Ballantine ... Injured Motorcyclist
Ralph Benmergui Ralph Benmergui ... Mr. Orantes' Interpreter (as Ralph Benmurgui)
Richard Blackburn Richard Blackburn ... Dr. Cutter
Lally Cadeau Lally Cadeau ... Anita, Vrain's Secretary
Eric Clavering Eric Clavering ... Old Man in Recovery
James Douglas James Douglas ... Older Doctor in X-Ray Room (as James B. Douglas)
Nancy Downey Nancy Downey ... Judy
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The celebrated heart surgeon Dr. Vrain supports the research of the offbeat scientist Aldo Gehring, who is inventing an artificial heart. Dr. Vrain performs the first artificial human heart transplant against the advice of the Ethics Committee. Written by Will Gilbert

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A man on the threshold of success or failure. A woman on the threshold of life and death. See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1981 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Herzchirurg Dr. Vrain See more »

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Budget:

CAD 5,700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Filmed in Ottawa when the General hospital was new. See more »

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Dr. Aldo Gehring: Let me... let me say something. Surgeons, are something people don't understand uh... surgeons are like airplane pilots. Surgeons are not creative.
Jay Wingate: Well, there's an old saying that I think perhaps you're familiar with, that internists are people who know everything and do nothing and surgeons do everything but know nothing.
Dr. Aldo Gehring: Surgeries are only repetition, it's just plumming, one two three, one three two. There's no intellecutal aspects.
Jay Wingate: What do you mean, no intellectual aspects?
Dr. Aldo Gehring: To a surgeon a ...
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From a parent's perspective
14 April 2006 | by monttracSee all my reviews

Amazingly to me, this film appeared on cable very often when my child was an infant with congenital heart defects. The makeup giving Mare Winningham the look of oxygen deprivation was very realistic and gives the viewer a picture of the "dusky" skin tone of some heart patients. The restraint of the Vrain/Carol relationship was right on, and the peripheral but agonized part of the parent was poignantly depicted by Carol's father. The film is almost a relief from the typical "dramatized" film about illness. Heart difficulties are inherently dramatic to the lay person (perhaps not to doctors, though) and need no melodramatic treatment. The understatement, the lack of statement all serve the subject well. The cold, orderly world of the (urban, state-of-the-art)hospital that contains so much extraordinary work comes across beautifully in this film. I'm glad others appreciate it.


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