Produced by: MGM
Directed by: Michael Crichton
Written by: Michael Crichton
Based on a novel by: Robin Cook
Genevieve Bujold as Dr. Susan Wheeler
Michael Douglas as Dr. Mark Bellows
Elizabeth Ashley as Mrs. Emerson
Rip Torn as Dr. George
Richard Widmark as Dr. George Harris
Lois Chiles as Nancy Greenly
Originally Released: 1978
Runtime: 104 minutes

Based on the novel by Robin Cook: after her best friend falls into a coma during routine surgery, Dr. Susan Wheeler discovers similar cases at her prestigious Boston hospital. But as her investigation unfolds, Susan uncovers a horrific conspiracy - and suddenly finds herself marked for death.

Did art influence your filmmaking career? At the time I was directing, I felt that I was reacting against an emerging period of extremely aggressive directorial styles. The clearest example than -- he's more muted now -- is Scorsese. All those very active camera movements drew attention to the fact that there was a person telling you the story in a specific way, and you were being asked to recognize how it was being told to you. I didn't want to do that. I wanted to do a much more self-effacing directorial style. That was my goal. I think now there's a sort of exhaustion with aggressive directing. Everyone is so camera-zippy. In fact, this whole trend of stunning camera work has been very much influenced by commercials, and directors coming out of commercials. I think it's kind of played out. If you didn't know, could you differentiate Michael Bay (The Rock) from Adrian Lyne (Fatal Attraction) from Alan Parker (Evita)? Could you really? I don't think so. These guys are doing a similar kind of very heightened visual stuff, which is very exciting, but it's not individual, like Hitchcock or Wellman.

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