Two men—one a wealthy white chief surgeon, the other a poor black lab technician—achieve a monumental medical breakthrough that earned one accolades...and the other a painful lesson in racism and unequal opportunity. Working in 1940s Baltimore on an unprecedented technique for performing heart surgery on "blue babies," Dr. Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) and lab tech Vivien Thomas (Mos Def) form an impressive team. But even as the two invent a new field of medicine—saving thousands of lives in the process—social pressures threaten to undermine their collaboration and tear their friendship apart. Mary Stuart Masterson, Gabrielle Union. With Charles Dutton, Kyra Sedgwick. Directed by Joseph Sargent; written by Peter Silverman and Robert Caswell.
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Ratings and Reviews
Black man becomes heart surgery pioneer; language, violence.
Cast & Crew
- HBO Films, Nina Saxon Film Design
- © 2004 Home Box Office, Inc.
- English (Stereo, CC)
- Closed captions (CC) refer to subtitles in the available language with the addition of relevant non-dialogue information.