Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Richard Dreyfuss
Director: John Badham Cast: Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
, John Cassavetes
John Cassavetes
, Christine Lahti
Christine Lahti
John Badham




Stepping into the role made famous on Broadway by Tom Conti, Richard Dreyfuss stars as a profoundly handicapped sculptor in Whose Life is it Anyway? Left a quadraplegic after an auto accident, the embittered Dreyfuss feels utterly useless, as both an artist and a human being. He doesn't want his family's love, or his doctor's care, or his nurse's ministrations. Dreyfuss simply wants to die-but this is impossible, given the legal state of things in the 1970s. Whose Life is It Anyway? may be the only film in which a person's right to self-destruction is regarded as a happy ending. Not as depressing as it sounds, Whose Life Is It Anyway is perversely hilarious at times, with Dreyfuss at his acerbic best. The film was scripted by Reginald Rose and Brian Clark from Clark's stage play.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/12/2015
UPC: 0888574295165
Original Release: 1981
Rating: R
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:58:00

Special Features

cc Commentary by director John Badham and composer Arthur B. Rubinstien Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Dreyfuss Ken Harrison
John Cassavetes Dr. Michael Emerson
Christine Lahti Dr. Clare Scott
Bob Balaban Catter Hill
Kenneth McMillan Judge Wyler
Kaki Hunter Mary Jo
Thomas Carter Orderly John
Alba Oms Nurse Rodriguez
Janet Eilber Pat
Alston Ahern Day Nurse
Julie Andelman Stella
Betty Cole ICU Nurse
Jeffrey Combs 1st-Year Intern
John Garber Physiotherapist
J.J. Johnston Guard
Michael Steve Jones Intern
Lissa Layng Actor
Dorothy Meyer Actor
Tony Simotes Orthodpedic Surgeon
Wabei Slyolwe Court Clerk
Alan Stock 3rd-Year Student
Lyman Ward Emergency-Room Doctor
Ward Costello Mr. Eden
Kathryn Grody Mrs. Boyle
Melvin Stewart Dr. Barr
Robert S. Telford Actor
George Wyner Dr. Jacobs

Technical Credits
John Badham Director
Lawrence P. Bachmann Producer
Gene Callahan Production Designer
Marge Champion Choreography
Brian Clark Original Story,Screenwriter
Robert E. Collins Screenwriter
Ray Cooney Producer
Marianna Elliott Costumes/Costume Designer
Sydney Z. Litwack Art Director
Frank Morriss Editor
Reginald Rose Screenwriter
Artur Rubinstein Score Composer
Martin C. Schute Producer
Mario Tosi Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Whose Life Is It Anyway?
1. Credits. [3:23]
2. The Accident. [4:53]
3. Patient Prep. [4:38]
4. To What Purpose? [3:35]
5. Freefall. [4:28]
6. Emerson's Honesty. [3:08]
7. Permission Refused. [4:37]
8. Memories In Motion. [4:08]
9. Breaking With Pat. [6:31]
10. Disorderly Orderly. [1:49]
11. Like A Human Being. [4:49]
12. Breathless. [1:51]
13. In Your Power. [4:38]
14. The Same Rights. [3:11]
15. Wheel In Your Shrink. [4:36]
16. Like A Judge. [3:15]
17. Catch-22. [5:06]
18. The Trap I'm In. [2:01]
19. The Late Ken Harrison. [:35]
20. Not Adversaries. [4:05]
21. Might As Well Be Over. [3:02]
22. Jam Session. [5:32]
23. Habeas Corpus. [6:14]
24. Clinically Depressed. [4:35]
25. Wrong Decision. [3:48]
26. My Mind Is My Enemy. [2:04]
27. Deliberations. [5:29]
28. Judge's Decision. [2:43]
29. Final Touches. [3:13]
30. End Credits. [2:38]

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