Something the Lord Made

Something the Lord Made


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The true story of two medical pioneers -- one celebrated, one overlooked -- is brought to life in this made-for-cable drama. Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) is chief surgeon at Johns Hopkins University, where he is pioneering new techniques in heart surgery. Blalock makes the acquaintance of Vivien Thomas (Mos Def), a carpenter hired to work at the University, and to his surprise discovers a man of keen intelligence who has a great interest in medicine. However, as a poor black man in the Jim Crow South, Thomas lacks the financial resources to obtain a medical degree, though he certainly has the knowledge and the desire. Blalock takes Thomas on as his lab assistant, and together they develop a technique that allows them to correct a common congenital heart defect in children. However, while they work side by side in the lab and in the operating room, Blalock and Thomas do not walk the same paths in society, and Thomas develops a deep resentment that he has been given little credit for his contribution to a medical innovation that makes Blalock famous. Produced for the premium cable network HBO, Something the Lord Made also features Gabrielle Union, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Charles S. Dutton.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2005
UPC: 0026359246128
Original Release: 2004
Rating: NR
Source: Hbo Home Video
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 8,342

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with director Joseph Sargent, writer Peter Silverman and executive producers Robert W. Cort and Eric Hetzel; Featurette; Making History slide show

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Carpenter's Son
2. To Study Medicine
3. A Brilliant Assistant
4. Toasts of Baltimore
5. Johns Hopkins
6. Work Begins
7. Growing Closer
8. Course of Blood
9. Parents' Consent
10. Do Not Touch
11. Surgery
12. Written in History
13. Separate Ways
14. Words of Respect
15. Dr. Thomas
16. End Credits

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Something the Lord Made 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully told and inspirational movie.  Everyone should see this important film.  
luv2readjah More than 1 year ago
This was the most interesting, superbly written and best movie I have seen in years. Mos Def was wonderful as Dr. Vivian Thomas and Alan Rickman was brilliant as well. I would recommend this to everyone to see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The previous reviews before mine are not understated. Don't delay. See it! And if you come away as I did, you will just love it and add it to your favorite list of the most pleasurable, educational, and inspirational films you have seen. Truly, an unforgettable film!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This should be required viewing for all of America. This movie provides a clear example of how the talent of those considered "less than" has been squandered and continues because of non-sensical racism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was an amazing story. It brought something intensly personal to me because I actually had open-heart surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital when I was a year old. I never realized how relatively new this procedure that saved my life was, and the sacrifices it took.I would definitely reccomend this movie to anyone looking for an important and moving story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say that Mos Def did an excellent job with this part. It really surprised me because I had not seen him play any serious parts. Eventhough this was based on a true story, he made it very believable. I recommend that everyone see this movie, especially if you are a Mos Def fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mos Def just keeps getting better. A brilliant artist on the mic and silver screen...a rare find!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of the development of the revolutionary heart surgery that saved the "Blue Babies". Alan Rickman shows yet another aspect of his acting talent as the surgeon who pioneered the medical breakthrough and Mos Def is brilliant as the assistant who perfected the procedure. Two strong men of different races endure in a post-WWII society.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have worked for Johns Hopkins University for 17 years and saw the filming of the movie on the Homewood Campus. It was very intriguing to see the way the campus was 'dressed' up to look like the 50s and 60s, so different from today. Seeing all the Baltimore sites in the film, is deja vu for me when you see all the filming that is done in Baltimore, MD. I am familiar with Dr. Blalock but did not know he had an 'assistant' who worked for him. The movie was very well done and very interesting as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was of special interest to me as I have a congenital heart defect. I did not know the history of congenital heart repair and it was wonderful to watch how they, Dr. Blaylock and Mr. Thomas, put their heads together to figure out how to do the repair. And thank God they did for they saved many babies lives. The story was just so amazing, but it was sad to see how Mr. Thomas was treated during that time. I highly recommend this movie.
Wrightless_Smalls More than 1 year ago
While this movie ísn't the light-hearted is a truly inspirational movie that left me speechless. It is a movie one would want to watch again and again and is truly a beautiful story. While the story is about a great medical discovery the ruby lies within the relationship between a black man and a white man. It tells the tale of how black people were treated than and is truly inspiring.
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