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Acceptable Risk (2001)

An ambitious medical researcher discovers a mold that he believes could be the foundation of a miracle cure for degenerative diseases.

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William A. Graham

Writers:

Robin Cook (novel), Michael J. Murray (teleplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chad Lowe ... Edward Welles
Kelly Rutherford ... Kim Welles
Sean Patrick Flanery ... Bobby
Patty McCormack ... Lois
Danielle von Zerneck ... Gloria
Phillip Troy Linger ... Professor Gavin
Yanna McIntosh Yanna McIntosh
Joy Tanner
Scott Hylands
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chad Bruce ... Tim
James Bulliard ... Billy
Darce Florio Darce Florio ... (voice)
Annabel Graham Annabel Graham ... Daughter
Matt Kippen Matt Kippen ... Local Kid
Arne MacPherson ... Rupert
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An ambitious medical researcher discovers a mold that he believes could be the foundation of a miracle cure for degenerative diseases.

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They've unearthed a miracle. Pray it doesn't kill them.

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robin Cook's 'Acceptable Risk' See more »

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Zerneck-Sertner Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Why change major plot points?
2 November 2001 | by Sunny*See all my reviews

I will never understand why movie adapters feel the need to change certain parts of books for the movie. Here is an example of a book I like very much becoming a very bad movie. I realize it's on TV and there are time constraints, but there is no need to change things like the last names of the characters or the time period of the historical element of the book. Not only that, but the entire concept of the book was distorted. Robin Cook's book was a commentary on the lengths people will go to for personality-enhancing, "happy-pill" psychotropic drugs, like Prozac or Ultra in the book, driven by the possible financial gain as well. In the movie, the drug was changed to a possible cure for Alzheimer's Disease or other mentally degenerative illnesses. And Edward is driven by a past disappointment in obtaining a patent on a drug Not only that, the main character of the book is Kim and her quest for removing the stigma of shame surrounding her accused-witch ancestor and also for personal acceptance. She becomes a flat character with almost no real action except for running away. Edward is the focal character in the movie.


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