|TERMINAL CHOICE (aka: DEATHBED) (director: Sheldon Larry; screenwriters: Neal Bell/story by Peter Lawrence; cinematographer: Zale Magder; editor: Murray Magder; music: Brian Bennett; cast: Joe Spano (Dr. Frank Holt), Diane Venora (Anna), Robert Joy (Dr. Harvey Rimmer), Don Francks (Chauncey Rand, lawyer), David McCallum (Dr. Dodson), Nicholas Campbell (Henderson), Ellen Barkin (Mary O;Connor), Clare Coulter (Nurse Barton), Teri Austin (Lylah Crane); Runtime: 98; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Gary Magder; Vestron; 1985-Canada)|
|"A disturbing overlooked gory
by Dennis Schwartz
disturbing overlooked gory medical thriller that's
tautly directed by Sheldon Larry ("I Want to
Marry Ryan Banks"/"Keeping the Promise"/"Christmas in
Paradise"). It's set in a high tech clinic (Dodson
Clinic) in the near future, as it uneasily
blends together a sci fi rubbish tale involving the
misuse of computers and a tale of human criminal
activity. The superb cast keeps a straight face over
the nonsense, which increases the fun. It's based on a
story by Peter Lawrence and is written
by Neal Bell. It was shot in Montreal. It also
includes real footage from an autopsy.
computer-run clinic patients who shouldn't die are
dying. It seems the unethical hospital staff are
placing bets as to who will be the next patient to
die and are not above rigging the results. Dr.
Harvey Rimmer (Robert Joy) and Dr.
Dodson (David McCallum), the clinic
head, are the suspicious clinic doctors. The
hard-drinking Dr. Frank Holt (Joe
Spano), our 'everyman' hero, previously
lost a job due to a malpractice suit over a
mysterious death under his watch.
Therefore when one of his patients again dies
unexpectedly, he is investigated by his former lover
(Diane Venora), the clinic's
computer expert, and the hospital attorney (Don Francks).
Barkin has a small part as the clinic
coroner, who throws up at work.
REVIEWED ON 6/1/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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