Something the Lord Made [DVD] [2004]

  • SKU: 6946512
  • Release Date: 01/25/2005
  • Rating: NR
The true story of two medical pioneers -- one celebrated, one overlooked -- is brought to life in this made-for-cable drama. Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) is chief surgeon at Johns Hopkins University, where he is pioneering new techniques in heart surgery. Blalock makes the acquaintance of Vivien Thomas (Mos Def), a carpenter hired to work at the University, and to his surprise discovers a man of keen intelligence who has a great interest in medicine. However, as a poor black man in the Jim Crow South, Thomas lacks the financial resources to obtain a medical degree, though he certainly has the knowledge and the desire. Blalock takes Thomas on as his lab assistant, and together they develop a technique that allows them to correct a common congenital heart defect in children. However, while they work side by side in the lab and in the operating room, Blalock and Thomas do not walk the same paths in society, and Thomas develops a deep resentment that he has been given little credit for his contribution to a medical innovation that makes Blalock famous. Produced for the premium cable network HBO, Something the Lord Made also features Gabrielle Union, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Charles S. Dutton.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (10 out of 10)

Special Features


  • Audio commentary with director Joseph Sargent, writer Peter Silverman and executive producers Robert W. Cort and Eric Hetzel
  • Featurette
  • Making History slide show
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Something the Lord Made
The true story of two medical pioneers -- one celebrated, one overlooked -- is brought to life in this made-for-cable drama. Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) is chief surgeon at Johns Hopkins University, where he is pioneering new techniques in heart surgery. Blalock makes the acquaintance of Vivien Thomas (Mos Def), a carpenter hired to work at the University, and to his surprise discovers a man of keen intelligence who has a great interest in medicine. However, as a poor black man in the Jim Crow South, Thomas lacks the financial resources to obtain a medical degree, though he certainly has the knowledge and the desire. Blalock takes Thomas on as his lab assistant, and together they develop a technique that allows them to correct a common congenital heart defect in children. However, while they work side by side in the lab and in the operating room, Blalock and Thomas do not walk the same paths in society, and Thomas develops a deep resentment that he has been given little credit for his contribution to a medical innovation that makes Blalock famous. Produced for the premium cable network HBO, Something the Lord Made also features Gabrielle Union, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Charles S. Dutton. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Alan Rickman
    Alan Rickman - Alfred Blalock
  • Mos Def
    Mos Def - Vivien Thomas
  • Kyra Sedgwick
    Kyra Sedgwick - Mary Blalock
  • Gabrielle Union
    Gabrielle Union - Clara Thomas
  • Mary Stuart Masterson
    Mary Stuart Masterson - Helen Taussig



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

100%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of Rickman's Best Movies

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    Anonymous

    Alan Rickman (Dr. Alfred Blalock) and Mos Def (Vivien Thomas) play a perfect pair in one of HBO's best movies. Based on real life doctors who pioneered heart surgery. A must see.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A little sl;ow at the start... hang in there

    Posted
    REDMOVIEWATCHER

    Great acting, great story, great message>> Mos Def is Most EXCELLENT IN THIS MOVIE!!!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    EXCELLENT MOVIE

    Posted
    kry1074

    THIS MOVIE WAS EXCELLENT AND VERY ENCOURAGING TO THE FACT THAT YOU CAN BECOME WHATEVER YOU WANT IF YOU WORK HARD ENOUGH.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

    Posted
    Firestick
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    Such a great movie, inspirational, long, but worth the watch

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    based on true story

    Posted
    lonewolf
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    I enjoy movies about people who overcome discrimination in their life to become someone of importance. Well done movie just wish it was available in blu-ray. Worth a watch. Inspirational.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    EXCELLENT MOVIE

    Posted
    LindaApple
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    ENGAGING, INTERESTING, GOOD WORK ON HISTORY, WILL PUT THIS ON MY LIST OF BLACK HISTORY MOVIES

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Alan Rickman and Mos Def are awesome

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    Schroeder
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    This was a made for HBO movie that I watched because the actors in it and the title intrigued me. It is based on a true story. Alan Rickman and Mos Def have extraordinary chemistry. It doesn't pull any punches either being set in the south. Def's character creates a tool and how to use it at Rickman's request. It is used to save the lives of newborns born with a congenital heart defect. I won't spoil it. Trust me, it's worth buying. It's a very reasonable price. If nothing else, anyone who wants to show their children that in spite of racial stereotypes, everyone has something to offer and some people, back then, saw the quality of the person instead of color. Not everyone, but, just watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wish they made a blue ray version

    Posted
    ilovejesus
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    Excellent movie, just wish they made a blue ray version of this movie, price was affordable, very happy Best Buy had this available.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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