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TitleThreshold (1981)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityGeneral Cardiac surgery
CountryCanada
Length106
GenreDrama
Rating4
DirectorRichard Pearce
CastDonald Sutherland John Marley Jeff Goldblum Sharon Acker Mare Winningham
NotesSurprisingly well done and informative. It's about the first artificial heart transplant and the problems getting the go-ahead in the face of administrative caution. But the film is not series of over-the-top confrontations. Instead we're shown the slow, understated grind of pioneering work. We are clearly shown how the mechanical heart works and also the pressure on the surgeon to help a patient who will die without a transplant. Today some will find unpleasant the use of calves for experimentation and the surgery is realistic enough to make the faint hearted turn away. Good material for a discussion of the ethics involved.

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