COMA (15)
D: Michael Crichton
United Artists (Martin Erlichman)
USA 🇺🇸 1978
113 mins
W: Michael Crichton [based on the novel by Robin Cook]
DP: Victor J. Kemper & Gerald Hirschfeld
Ed: David Bretherton
Mus: Jerry Goldsmith
PD: Albert Brenner
Genevieve Bujold (Dr. Susan Wheeler), Michael Douglas (Dr. Mark Bellows), Elizabeth Ashley (Mrs. Emerson), Rip Torn (Dr. George), Richard Widmark (Dr. Harris), Lois Chiles (Nancy Greenly), Hari Rhodes (Dr. Moralind)
Hitchcockian style suspense set in a hospital, where a female doctor discovers that patients are being deliberately put into comas so that their organs can be harvested.
It's a grizzly watch, with more dead characters than living ones. Director/screenwriter Michael Crichton does a good job bringing Robin Cook's work to the screen, but it's impossible to wonder what the master of suspense would have made of it.