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  • Actors: Alan Rickman
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Language: English, French, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0057NECRM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,057 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Heike Kampa on 14 Feb. 2005
Format: DVD
As soon as it was available via Amazon I ordered it. "Something the Lord Made" is a wonderful, quite emotional film with a brilliant Alan Rickman (as always) and a very convincing Mos Def, based on a true story. Working in Baltimore on an unprecedented technique for performing heart surgery on "blue babies" in the 1940s, Dr. Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) and his lab technician Vivien Thomas (Mos Def/ who was actually his janitor first) form an impressive team. But even as they race against time to save a dying baby, the two protagonists occupy very different places in society. Blalock is the wealthy white Head of Surgery at John Hopkins hospital. Thomas, a skilled carpenter, is black and poor. He has lost all his savings in a bank crash and his dream to become a physician has been destroyed. Nevertheless, Blalock discovers Thomas' skills and talents and asks him to work with him. As Blalock and Thomas invent a new field of medicine, saving thousands of lives in the process, social pressures threaten to undermine their collaboration and to tear their friendship apart.
What a pity it wasn't for the movies...Just watch it!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M. Ellis on 23 April 2006
Format: DVD
Just watched this film which was truely heartwarming, emotive and amazing.

I was born with a heart defect, so watching this film was even more poingnant. Would I be here had they not done what they did back then? Probably, however i may not be as well as i am now had they not carried out all that amazing work. They were way ahead of their time. Def & Rickman are a credit to the acting profession and both carry out their roles impeccebly. Definately a film to watch.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Raheel Ahmed on 13 April 2007
Format: DVD
As described above, this film portrays the lives of two very unique yet similarly minded individuals on their quest for a scientific breakthrough. The film takes you on a journey not only through their accomplishments but also the hardships African American's were facing at the time, showing this perfectly with regards to the hurdles Vivien Thomas faced whilst working with his mentor turned colleague; Alfred Blalock.

Both Alan Rickman and Des Mof played their characters extremely well, the editing was great. I thought the film could have been slightly longer, condensing forty odd years into two hours does mean it's a bit rushed. However, despite that the directors and editors seem to have captured the essence of it all beautifully and it was a pleasure to watch.

I would particularly recommend this to fellow medical students. It's all well and good learning the theory and anatomy behind ventricular septal defects, but it's more fulfilling to take a step back from the textbooks and appreciate the history behind this epic research and treatment undertaken by these two very accomplished individuals.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
It is the 1930s in the deep South, and Vivien Thomas (Mos Def), who always dreamed of becoming a doctor, has just been fired from his job as a carpenter. Hired to clean the lab cages for the arrogant Dr. Blalock (Alan Rickman), Vivien quickly demonstrates a rare affinity for medicine and a knack for making improvised surgical instruments. Blalock appreciates his unusual skills and takes Vivien with him when he moves to Johns Hopkins University, where, together, they work to save dying "blue babies."

It's been a long time since a movie touched me this much. This Emmy-winning HBO film is simply outstanding in every way; the script, based on a true story, is exciting and the actors are all excellent. I got the movie because of Alan Rickman, but it is Mos Def who is the real star. He gives a powerful performance as an idealistic young man hobbled by the injustices of segregation who perseveres to become a respected scientist. Though Vivien never attended college, he helped plan and assisted in the world's first heart bypass surgery to correct blue baby syndrome in 1944.

The Jim Crow era is recreated well, creating a cruel and hopeless world; it is nothing short of amazing that Vivien accomplished all he did. This is an exceptional movie, guaranteed to have you reaching for the tissues. Highly recommended.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD
This is a great movie about a medical revolution and the relationship between the two man how made it going. They invented the new field of medicine, the heart surgery. But since the one was a black man (who even never visited a university) they couldn't share the victory as equals because of the segregation. This tests their collaboration and their friendship.
Boht of the leading actors do a great job, Alan Rickman (who would have doubted...) and Mos Def are realy authentic and expressive all the time. The story is quiet and full of interesting details, a nice piece of work. Not a single minute boredom.
Highly recommend !!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A real gone Kid on 10 Mar. 2008
Format: DVD
This is a wonderful film reflecting the true lives of two very different men who go on to make medical history. Its a great film that reminds us that success is often a test if fortitude and endurance. Perhaps the best aspect of the film revolves around the friendship between the 2 main characters and their individual journeys to success. Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas are remarkable characters of history but its Vivien Thomas who perhaps is the real jewel in the crowm in this story. A must watch.
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