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Threshold (1981)

PG | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 21 January 1983 (USA)
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 ... 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:

21 January 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Passage See more »

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Budget:

CAD5,700,000 (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 »

Quotes

Dr. Thomas Vrain: Carol? Carol? You're doing fine, you know that? You're doing just fine.
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Threshold of death

Threshold is engrossing viewing, a film I wished I had watched in it's release to video in 1985. Donald Sutherland is such a fine actors, and turns in what is a fine and flawless performance, as a legendary heart surgeon, the best, and you look at him as a heart surgeon, not an actor, he's that good. When approached by a young brilliant med student, (Goldblum- very good, though can't match Sutherland as no actor can here ) who's developed the first artificial heart transplant, it becomes a last resort for a needy young girl (Mare Winningham, the second great performance) who desperately needs a heart, as everything else is useless, like parts that don't work. The frightening aspect here, is of course, that the artificial heart hasn't been tested, if only on a monkey, where it led us to believe Goldblum, might be lying about this, as if Sutherland really wanted a confirmation from Winningham. But if this was the only chance of survival, regardless of it's high risk factor, you'd take it, where in the aftermath here, we're kind of left with an open, optimistic, if unsatisfying ending as in the aftermath of story. Before Winningham's troubles with getting a new heart, almost mid movie, we are subject to one of Sutherland's prize patients (Lerner, having a bad stroke of luck, with a bad matching heart) which kind of propels Sutherland, and co, in taking the risk with Winningham. This movie maintained my interest, all the way, through with it's interesting handling of story, and Sutherland's lifestyle, plus Goldblum's intriguing, avid young character, and Lerner had his moments. I enjoy this movie more, every time I see it, where this is another 80's view you should seek out, if even just to see Sutherland's engaging brilliant performance, in this smart, engaging medical drama. Truly unforgettable musical score.


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