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Actors: Peter O'Toole, Mariel Hemingway, Vincent Spano, Virginia Madsen, David Ogden Stiers
Director: Ivan Passer
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     1999     1hr 47min

Dr. Harry Wolper a lonely biologist is unable to let go of the memory of his beloved wife who died 25 years earlier during childbirth. Armed with his genius as a biologist/physician he is intent on mastering the process of...  more »


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Actors: Peter O'Toole, Mariel Hemingway, Vincent Spano, Virginia Madsen, David Ogden Stiers
Director: Ivan Passer
Creators: Robbie Greenberg, Richard Chew, Charles Mulvehill, Stephen J. Friedman, Jeremy Leven
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance, Science Fiction
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 04/27/1999
Original Release Date: 09/20/1985
Theatrical Release Date: 09/20/1985
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 47min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 19
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Sharon F. (Shar) from HIALEAH, FL
Reviewed on 3/6/2023...
The sentimental side of me loved this was about the undying love of the professor for his long-deceased wife. The religious side of me hated the movie because it was about cloning and I feel that's a slippery slope.

All in all, this was a funny movie and I enjoyed it.

Movie Reviews

Beware-Bad Pan and Scan
T. Brewer | Roanoke, VA USA | 07/12/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I love this movie, but I HATE, HATE, HATE this DVD. It is the worst transfer I have ever seen on a DVD. It is full screen, but the pan and scan is terrible. You lose about 50 percent of the image from the VHS version. There are scenes where you can't even see the people talking in the scene because they are on the extreme right and left. You are left looking at a mostly empty room. Do yourself a favor and don't buy this DVD. If they ever release it on a widescreen, I'll buy it...but until then don't make the same mistake I did."
Creative genius
J. Rea | Sachse, Texas United States | 01/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I must first start out saying that this is one of the few movies that has actually brought me to tears.
Boris and Barbara's relationship struck me as the most sincere and heart wrenching love affair that I have ever witnessed. Peter O'Toole is captivating as the eccentric scientist and David Ogden-Stiers has perpetuated his typecasting with his role as the arrogant intellectual.
This is the first major movie role for Ms Hemmingway and she shows flashes of the talent that made her so famous on TV a few years later.
This is a love story with a cast of suporting characters that make it shine. It also asks some very serious questions about the medical establishment and how terminally ill patients are treated. Your hopes will be raised and your heart be broken by this movie. It is well worth the cost."
An overlooked gem
R. Binns | Gainesville, FL | 03/07/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of the most obscure movies ever made by Peter O'Toole, undeservedly so. It's by turns whimsical, dramatic, romantic, and heartrending, with a cast that makes the most of a rather peculiar story. Nobody does the absent-minded professor bit better than O'Toole, David Odgen Steirs is sanctimonious and self-centered as usual, and Hemingway was an outstanding choice for the flaky Mellie. Even the theme (String Trio Rock, which has, sadly, never been released) will reverberate in your head for days afterward.

The biggest disappointments about this disc are the pan-and-scan presentation, which was poorly executed, and the lack of extras on the disc; no background, commentary, soundtrack information, discographies, or featurettes were included."