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Gray's Anatomy (1996)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 19 March 1997 (USA)
After doctors inform him that an eye affliction will require risky surgery, monologist Spalding Gray recounts his various pursuits for alternative medicine to avoid the doctor's scalpel.

Director:

Steven Soderbergh

Writers:

Spalding Gray (monologue), Renée Shafransky (monologue) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Spalding Gray ... Himself
Mike McLaughlin Mike McLaughlin ... Himself
Melissa Robertson Melissa Robertson ... Herself
Alvin Henry Alvin Henry ... Himself
Alyne Hargroder Alyne Hargroder ... Herself
Buddy Carr Buddy Carr ... Himself
Gerry Urso Gerry Urso ... Herself
Chris Simms Chris Simms ... Himself
Tommy Staub Tommy Staub ... Himself
Kirk A. Patrick Jr. Kirk A. Patrick Jr. ... Himself
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Storyline

Spalding Gray has an eye condition that can be surgically corrected. He decides to seek alternate treatment and embarks on a journey that will take him to Christian Science, Native American sweat lodges and psychic surgeons, among others. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Anatomia de Gray See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,690, 23 March 1997

Gross USA:

$29,090

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,090
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Broadway performance of "Gray's Anatomy" by Spalding Gray opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on November 28, 1993, ran for 13 performances and closed on January 3, 1994. A repeat performance reopened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on June 5, 1994, ran for 8 performances and closed on June 27, 1994. See more »

Quotes

Spalding Gray: I looked across the park, and in the distance I saw leaves blowing in the wind, bunch of children running, a red ball rolling, a flock of starlings taking off. I covered my right eye:
[suiting hand actions to words]
Spalding Gray: no leaves. Blur of children, blotch of red, no birds. Covered my left: ah! Ecstacy. Cover my right: despair. Ecstacy. Despair. And I realized at that moment that I was now living the perfect yin and yang existence.
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Crazy Credits

Although inspired by actual events, the characters and events depicted in the monologue portion of this motion picture have been fictionalized. Any similarity to actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »

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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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Gray Matter
9 October 1999 | by NJMoonSee all my reviews

Like several of Spalding Gray's stage monologues "Gray's Anatomy" has been given the full feature film treatment, this time by "Sex Lies & Video" helmer Steven Soderberg. Gray's discovery of a visual malady leads him to medical and homeopathic treatment and serious consideration of the query "What is it you don't want to see?"

This 90 minute monodrama is not opened-up in the traditional sense. Rather it is supplemented by monochrome interviews with Joe and Jane Q. Publics about their particular eye problems. Within the monologue itself, Soderberg employs a variety of lighting and camera trickery to keep the action from stagnating. Mostly, it is a successful endeavor. Though, oddly, the film lacks the overall impact of Gray's "Swimming To Cambodia" or even the lesser (but simpler done) "Monster in a Box". A fine addition to the Gray library.


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