Based on the best-selling novel by Robin Cook, COMA is a taught paranoid thriller and a dramatically apt metaphor for the corruption and fraud in the modern American health-care industry. Dr. Susan Wheeler (Genevieve Bujold) suspects her colleagues of foul play when her closest friend lapses into a coma following a routine operation. When Wheeler discovers a suspiciously frequent pattern of unexplained comas in her hospital, she becomes obsessed with finding an answer, even when it puts her own career and life in danger. Her lover, Dr. Bellows (Michael Douglas), admits there is a mystery but doubts there is a conspiracy and even suspects Wheeler of suffering from a nervous breakdown. The tension builds as Wheeler's investigation leads her to a secret corporation specializing in organ transplant experimentation and sale for profit, and she soon witnesses the defining image of the film: comatose bodies suspended on wires in a computer-controlled environment. With its suspensful plot, dramatic editing, and conspiratorial terror, COMA is a precursor to many paranoid dramas such as THE FIRM and THE PELICAN BRIEF, establishing a defined style that may yet become a genre unto itself.
Rip Torn - American Actor/Director
Elmore Rual Torn - American Actor/Director
Michael Crichton - Author/Director/Producer, JURASSIC PARK,
John Michael Crichton - Author/Director/Producer, JURASSIC PARK,
John Lange - Author/Director/Producer, JURASSIC PARK,
Jeffrey Hudson - Author/Director/Producer, JURASSIC PARK,
Albert Brenner - Production Designer/Art Director
Geneviève Bujold - Canadian actress, ANNE OF THE THOUSAND DAYS, EARTHQUAKE
Tom Selleck - American Actor, MAGNUM, P.I.
Jerry Goldsmith - Film composer
Jerrald K. Goldsmith - Film composer
Jerrald Goldsmith - Film composer
Michael Hennagin - Film composer
Elizabeth Ashley - American Actress
Elizabeth Cole - American Actress
Michael Douglas - Actor, THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO/WALL STREET
Richard Widmark - American Actor/Producer
Lois Chiles - American Actress
Martin Erlichman - Producer/Executive
Gerald Hirschfeld - American Director of Photography
Gerry Hirschfeld - American Director of Photography
David Bretherton - American Editor
Victor J. Kemper - Director of Photography, AUTHOR! AUTHOR! (1982)
Victor Kemper - Director of Photography, AUTHOR! AUTHOR! (1982)
Hari Rhodes - American Actor/"Roots"
Harry Rhodes - American Actor/"Roots"
Gary Barton - Actor
Frank Downing - Actor
Something eerie is going on at Boston Memorial--patients with minor problems are slipping into irreversible comas, and a doctor is targeted when she suspects her colleagues of foul play.
Filmed in Boston, Boston City Hospital, and MA General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
"...[COMA] combines dry humour and documentary realism....A pleasingly old-fashioned movie..." - 06/01/1978 Sight and Sound, p.193-4
"...An extremely entertaining suspense drama....[The] entire cast, down through minor supporting roles, contributes to the impact..." - 01/25/1978 Variety
"[A] bone-chilling conspiracy thriller..." -- Grade: B+ - 07/13/2012 Entertainment Weekly