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Something the Lord Made (2004)

A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.

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Joseph Sargent
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 17 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Rickman ... Dr. Alfred Blalock
Yasiin Bey ... Vivien Thomas (as Mos Def)
Kyra Sedgwick ... Mary Blalock
Gabrielle Union ... Clara Thomas
Merritt Wever ... Mrs. Saxon
Clayton LeBouef Clayton LeBouef ... Harold Thomas
Charles S. Dutton ... William Thomas (as Charles Dutton)
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Dr. Helen Taussig
Cliff McMullen Cliff McMullen ... Lodel Williams
Luray Cooper ... Charles Manlove
Irene Ziegler ... Frances Grebel
John Emmanuel John Emmanuel ... Man at park
Harold J. Abell Sr. Harold J. Abell Sr. ... Man #1
Michael E. Russell Michael E. Russell ... Bank Officer
Henri Edmonds Henri Edmonds ... Mary Thomas
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Storyline

Alfred Blalock (1899-1964), a cardiologist (therefore, self-confident to the point of arrogance), leaves Vanderbilt for Johns Hopkins taking with him his lab technician, Vivien Thomas (1910-1985). Thomas, an African-American without a college degree, is a gifted mechanic and tool-maker with hands splendidly adept at surgery. In 1941, Blalock and Thomas take on the challenge of blue babies and invent bypass surgery. After trials on dogs, their first patient is baby Eileen, sure to die without the surgery. In defiance of custom and Jim Crow, Blalock brings Thomas into the surgery to advise him, but when Life Magazine and kudos come, Thomas is excluded. Will he receive his due? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A breakthrough that changed the face of medicine. A unique partnership that broke the rules.

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Biography | Drama

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PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

HBO [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La création de Dieu See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Based in part on the magazine article "Like Something The Lord Made" by Katie McCabe. It was published in the Washingtonian, and earned McCabe the 1990 National Magazine Feature Writing Award. See more »

Goofs

When Reader's Digest publishes a photograph of the first operation, one participant is identified as Dr. Michael DeBakey. Although he was a professor at Tulane, he was on leave as a consultant to the Surgeon General in Washington. See more »

Quotes

Alfred Blalock: Mine was only proud of the fact that I could wiggle my ears.
Vivien Thomas: I think he'll be proud when you operate.
Alfred Blalock: He's dead.
Vivien Thomas: The dead are with us all the time, I believe. Can't separate the past from the future any more than you can a right arm and your left arm.
Alfred Blalock: Ah but you see they are separated by this, by the heart.
Vivien Thomas: Or connected.
Alfred Blalock: Or connected.
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Connections

Featured in The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2004) See more »

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Baltimore Bounce
Written by Keter Betts
Performed by Keter Betts, Harold Mann, Larry Willis and Jacques Johnson
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Delightful Surprise
17 August 2004 | by DeaconBlueSee all my reviews

I shouldn't have liked this - not a fan of HBO 'original' movies, nor rap stars turned actors. Great movies are made by studios or independents, not networks. Great actors come from the world of acting; not singing, painting or sports. Heck, I don't even like Barbara Streisand, in either discipline. But Queen Latifa did very well in "Bone Collector" and LL Cool J didn't quite ruin "Deliver Us From Eva." The HBO description sounded like a good story, so I gave it a chance...

WOW. Excellent story, very fine acting, authentic looking cinematography, compelling and well-developed screenplay; and a real zing for your heartstrings. The particular subject matter is interesting enough, but the real story is the human relationships, both within/among the characters & American society. As we travailed through the growing pains of integration and striving for equality whether by race, gender or social class distinction; the story of how we coped and progressed has seldom been depicted with such artistic clarity. Also, a real Believe In Yourself, Do What You Love, Don't Give Up kind of story.

Not a perfect film, might seem a bit slow-paced at times for some, but very engrossing. Along with the lead actors who portrayed their characters wonderfully, Kyra Sedgwick also turned in another fine appearance. Watching it unfold it was easy to become involved, by the end I was very pleasantly surprised to be reminded that the brilliant young leading man was Mos Def. I certainly didn't expect such a performance, but gladly admit he's most definitely a fine actor.

Glad to see it's available on DVD, definitely a MUST-SEE.


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