Something the Lord Made

Something the Lord Made

Alan Rickman
 Cast: Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
, Mos Def
Mos Def

DVD

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Overview

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

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

Cast & Crew

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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