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When he loses his job, a famed surgeon abandons his former life and enters the criminal underworld as a gunshot doctor for criminals.

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Stripped of his medical license after performing an operation while high on amphetamines, famed LA surgeon Dr Eugene Sands abandons his former life only to find himself crossing paths with Raymond Blossom, an infamous counterfeiter. Employed as a "gun-shot doctor" when Raymond's associates cannot risk visiting a hospital, Eugene is lured deep into the criminal world and becomes entangled with his boss's girlfriend. Written by Anonymous

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A game with no rules. See more »

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Crime | Thriller | Drama

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Rated R for strong graphic violence, gore, pervasive language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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17 October 1997 (USA)  »

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Playing Hero  »

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,937,374 (USA) (19 October 1997)

Gross:

$4,052,347 (USA) (9 November 1997)
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Angelina Jolie said in an interview that she filmed two sex scenes that were cut from the film. See more »

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After the shoot out, when the scene is being investigated, you can see one of the "corpses" take a deep breath. See more »

Quotes

Raymond: Dr. Eugene Sands?
Eugene: How do you know my name?
Raymond: Took an interest.
Eugene: I'm sorry, you are?
Raymond: Oh, I'm sorry. Raymond Blossom.
Eugene: You gonna hurt me?
Raymond: You asking because you're afraid or because you want me to?
Eugene: Just trying to plan my day.
Raymond: Oh, man, if I'm interfering with your plans, please forgive me. It's just I was so knocked out by what you did last night I said I gotta meet this guy. That's it. That's all there is to it. Medical Science amazes me.
Eugene: Is kidnapping the only way you can meet new friends?
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Doc's Groove
Written by D. Williamson
Performed by L.T.J. Bukem (as LTJ Bukem)
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not your everyday action flick
9 March 1999 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Normally, I don't watch action movies because of the fact that they are usually all pretty similar. This movie did have many stereotypical action movie scenes, but the characters and the originality of the film's premise made it much easier to watch. David Duchovny bended his normal acting approach, which was great to see. Angelina Jolie, of course, was beautiful and did great acting. Great cast all together. A must see for people bored with the same old action movie.


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