Critical Care

Critical Care

James Spader
Director: Sidney Lumet Cast: James Spader
James Spader
, Kyra Sedgwick
Kyra Sedgwick
, Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
Sidney Lumet


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Sidney Lumet filmed this hospital satire at a Canadian studio. Alcoholic Dr. Butz (Albert Brooks in old-age makeup) advises younger Dr. Werner Ernst (James Spader) to only treat patients with much insurance. "When the lawyers start crawling all over you," says Butz, "that's when you know you're a doctor." Ernst, a second-year resident working in the ICU with head nurse Stella (Helen Mirren), winds up in the middle of a dispute between two sisters (Kyra Sedgwick and Margo Martindale). One wants to pull the plug on their wealthy father; the other demands that he remain alive (at a cost of $112,800 a month). Soon events swivel from the money-mad medical mire to equally murky legalistics. Steven Schwartz's screenplay was adapted from the novel by Richard Dooling. Shown at the 1997 Chicago Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/20/2001
UPC: 0012236604648
Original Release: 1997
Rating: R
Source: Vidmark / Trimark
Sales rank: 34,650

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Spader Dr. Werner Ernst
Kyra Sedgwick Felicia Potter
Helen Mirren Stella
Margo Martindale Connie Potter
Jeffrey Wright Bed Two
Wallace Shawn Furnaceman
Anne Bancroft Nun
Albert Brooks Dr. Butz
Philip Bosco Dr. Hofstader
Edward Herrmann Robert Payne
Colm Feore Wilson
James Lally Poindexter
Al Waxman Sheldon Hatchett
Harvey Atkin Judge Fatale

Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director,Producer
Enrico Campana Set Decoration/Design
Don Carmody Executive Producer
Carolyn Cartwright Set Decoration/Design
Bruce Carwardine Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Convertino Score Composer
Dennis Davenport Art Director
Dona Granata Costumes/Costume Designer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Philip Rosenberg Production Designer
Steven Schwartz Producer
Steven S. Schwartz Screenwriter
Tom Swartwout Editor
Martin Walters Asst. Director
David Watkin Cinematographer
Gord White Set Decoration/Design

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