There aren't many good medical movies out there. Figured I'd get a thread going to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly in medical movies.
My vote for the best: Critical Care, 1996?, Director Sidney Lumet and starring James Spader.
Based on an excellent book with same name (sorry can't remember author). While the movie isn't made to be completely realistic, the feelings of futility seem real. Shows how a young resident & older nurse cope with patients existing in purgatory in the CCU. No warm fuzzies on this floor. Crazy romantic side plot (w/ Kyra Sedgewick) is less interesting. I can't recommend this movie enough, but be warned it is not an action movie. It has some surreal elements.
My vote for the worst: House of God, 1980-something; Total bomb; you can catch it at 2 am on cable. The movie includes all the elements of Samuel Shem's book, but removes all of it's vitality. The reason I could tolerate the piggishness of the men in the book is because they were so human. I like watching HoG when it is on tv cause I want to figure out what went wrong.
Somebody like Robert Altman or Sidney Lumet could remake this movie into a great farce.
Sadly, no nurse as star movies are jumping out at me... I don't think Nurse Betty counts. Sigh.
Any ideas so I can fire up the VCR during a long summer.
Jul 10, '03
We write film reviews for films with nurse characters. I also vote for "Wit".
But please check out our web site:
Sandy Summers, MSN, MPH, RN
The Center for Nursing Advocacy
Last edit by brian on Jul 13, '03