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 » creating life. Specifically in the form of his dead wife. All that's standing in his way is the university the faculty the laws of nature and about 20 local ordinances!But just when he is about to unravel the mystery of life a sexy young assistant moves in and captures his heart. Now the only life that comes unraveled is his own. A wild and wonderful fantasy that is comically brought together by a wacky professor and his free spirited assistants.System Requirements: Running Time 107 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: R UPC: 031398703839« less
"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."
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."
Eric W. Palfreyman | McKinney, TX USA | 03/13/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This will be short. The movie is one of my favorites, ever. The romance is moving and both realistic and idealistic at the same time. Hemingway and O'Toole take a relationship that should be a joke and make it touching and believable. O'Toole is excellent as the eccentric professor. The theme of love is what holds the movie elements together and it deals with love in many manifestations. I'm not Catholic, but it was one of the few films that didn't turn Catholics into jerks, and I really enjoyed that here was a young couple trying to find love without having to disparage their faith to do it. The movie is charming, witty and touching. If you're a cynic, it won't be for you; but if you believe in love, believe in the big picture, and believe in redemption; this is a film for you."
If you get the big picture, you'll love this movie
Bud Gott | New Castle, DE USA | 01/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What is the big picture? Well, you have to see the movie to understand what I'm talking about. Personally, I think I get the big picture and that's why I love this movie so much.
Peter O'Toole is great in this. So are Vincent Spano, Virginia Madsen, Mariel Hemingway, and David Ogden Stiers.
What can I say about this story? It's sometimes hard for me to explain it to people who haven't seen it. When some people hear "a man tries to regrow his dead wife" they sort of cringe and think it's some sort of weird sci fi or horror movie.
It's neither - it's a love story. Actually, it's several love stories. You've got the love Harry has for his late wife, the love between him and Millie, the love between Boris and Barbara, and even the love (non-romantic) between Boris and Harry.
Still, Creator is far from a typical "love story." It's very unique. I've never seen another movie quite like it.
It's got a great cast and great story with a nice mix of humor, drama, and romance. If you haven't seen it, you should give it a try.
If you're the sort of person who gets "the big picture," you'll probably end up liking this movie a lot."