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Threshold (1981)

PG | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 21 January 1983 (USA)
The celebrated heart surgeon Dr. Vrain supports the research of the offbeat scientist Aldo Gehring, who is inventing an artificial heart. Dr. Vrain performs the first artificial human heart... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Pearce

Writer:

James Salter
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3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... Dr. Thomas Vrain
John Marley ... Edgar Fine
Sharon Acker ... Tilla Vrain
Mare Winningham ... Carol Severance
Jeff Goldblum ... Dr. Aldo Gehring
Michael Lerner ... Henry De Vici
Julie Armstrong Julie Armstrong ... Donna Clure
Jun Asahina Jun Asahina ... Japanese Technician
Steve Ballantine Steve Ballantine ... Injured Motorcyclist
Ralph Benmergui Ralph Benmergui ... Mr. Orantes' Interpreter (as Ralph Benmurgui)
Richard Blackburn Richard Blackburn ... Dr. Cutter
Lally Cadeau ... Anita, Vrain's Secretary
Eric Clavering Eric Clavering ... Old Man in Recovery
James Douglas James Douglas ... Older Doctor in X-Ray Room (as James B. Douglas)
Nancy Downey Nancy Downey ... Judy
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Storyline

The celebrated heart surgeon Dr. Vrain supports the research of the offbeat scientist Aldo Gehring, who is inventing an artificial heart. Dr. Vrain performs the first artificial human heart transplant against the advice of the Ethics Committee. Written by Will Gilbert

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A man on the threshold of success or failure. A woman on the threshold of life and death. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Passage See more »

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Budget:

CAD5,700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Filmed in Ottawa when the General hospital was new. See more »

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Dr. Aldo Gehring: Let me... let me say something. Surgeons, are something people don't understand uh... surgeons are like airplane pilots. Surgeons are not creative.
Jay Wingate: Well, there's an old saying that I think perhaps you're familiar with, that internists are people who know everything and do nothing and surgeons do everything but know nothing.
Dr. Aldo Gehring: Surgeries are only repetition, it's just plumming, one two three, one three two. There's no intellecutal aspects.
Jay Wingate: What do you mean, no intellectual aspects?
Dr. Aldo Gehring: To a surgeon a ...
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Sci-fi in 1981, almost true to life in 1998
30 June 2006 | by wesishSee all my reviews

This movie is well-worth watching and I highly recommend it for many of the reasons from others listed here. As another reviewer "tdilts9219" noted, it appears based on the famous Texas heart center in real life. Surprisingly in 1998, the fictional 1981 plot came even closer to a real life situation. In Oxford England, Aug 1998, a renowned heart surgeon Stephen Westaby placed heart replacement pump AB-180 into a young woman Julie Mills to save her life. The AB-180 was invented by George Magovern, a US inventor and has the same key property as the heart replacement in the movie. Add a few of innovations from Jeff Goldblum's fictional inventor, and AB-180 would be a match for the movie. Wait another decade, and it might be another case of sci-fi preceding reality. (source Reader's Digest, April 2000)


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