Medicine Man

Medicine Man

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Director: John McTiernan, Sean Connery, Lorraine Bracco, Jose Wilker

Cast: John McTiernan, Sean Connery, Lorraine Bracco, Jose Wilker

     
 

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The Amazon rain forest is a living laboratory for Dr. Robert Campbell (Sean Connery), a reclusive research scientist living with a Brazilian native tribe. Campbell has accidentally discovered a flower extract that cures cancer, but has been unable to duplicate the formula. With the assistance of Dr. Crane (Lorraine Bracco), he explores every possible chemical

Overview

The Amazon rain forest is a living laboratory for Dr. Robert Campbell (Sean Connery), a reclusive research scientist living with a Brazilian native tribe. Campbell has accidentally discovered a flower extract that cures cancer, but has been unable to duplicate the formula. With the assistance of Dr. Crane (Lorraine Bracco), he explores every possible chemical derivative, but continues to fail. When a child in the village is near death from a tumor pressing against his trachea, Campbell and Crane stand against each other on the moral issue to use the last of the successful serum to save him or to keep it for further analysis. At the last moment, Crane reconsiders, and agrees to save the child. At the same time, commercial loggers begin to creep ever closer to the village, and government officials demand the tribe's relocation. With only yards remaining between the bulldozers and the tribe, Campbell discovers a vital clue to the elusive elixir he seeks. His attempt to stop the workmen results in violence and a raging forest fire which destroys his lab equipment and the natives' village. The story ends with Campbell, Crane, and the tribe pushing deeper into the jungle in search of new answers. In a change of pace from his usual action film fare, the skilled work of director John McTiernan brings emotional depth to what would otherwise be just another pro-environmental propaganda film. Connery, who had starred in McTiernan's crowd-pleasing 1989 film The Hunt for Red October, gives a convincing performance as the determined and complex researcher haunted by mistakes of the past. Bracco's character adds the realistic humor of the city scientist adjusting to Spartan life in the trees, but she does so with both strength and dignity. The constant bickering of two equally obstinate scientists gives a mild "honeymooners in the jungle" quality. Filmed in the Mexican rain forest, the canopy is captured in breathtaking cinematography.

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John McTiernan's enviro-conscious suspense thriller is a departure from the director's normal blood-and-guts fare. Sean Connery and Lorraine Bracco entertain with their odd-couple exchanges amid a lively rain forest backdrop similar to McTiernan's earlier work in Predator. There is an interesting strain of environmental backlash, as slash-and-burn big business and the bulldozers of progress cost the world a cure for "the plague of the 20th century." Also, Connery's character has an almost Kurtz-like quality, a renegade in a lonely jungle far away from the tides of civilization, but the film simply is too intellectually flat to push the Heart of Darkness comparison any further. The congruent story lines and slow, methodical pace of the film are the strong points here; overall, the film's pseudo-mysticism does not detract from its quiet charm.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/14/1994
UPC:
0717951358035
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Connery Dr. Robert Campbell
Lorraine Bracco Dr. Rae Crane
Jose Wilker Dr. Miguel Ortega
Rodolfo de Alexandra Tanaki
Angelo Barra Moreira Medicine Man
Elias Monteiro da Silva Actor
Francisco Tsirene Tsere Rereme Jahausa
Bonnie Timmermann Actor
Elias Monteiro Da Silva Palala
Edinei Maria Serrio dos Santos Kalana
Bec-Kana-Re dos Santos Kaiapo Imana
Jose Lavat Government Man

Technical Credits
John McTiernan Director
Douglas B. Arnold Musical Direction/Supervision
Beau Marks Producer
Jesus Buenrostro Art Director
Sean Connery Executive Producer
Jorge Luis Corzo Stunts
Don Diers Art Director
D. Dubrow Producer
Donna Dubrow Producer
Enrique Estevez Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Donald M. McAlpine Cinematographer
Michael R. Miller Editor
Rita Murtinho Costumes/Costume Designer
John Reinhart Production Designer
Sally Robinson Screenwriter
John Ryan Stunts
Tom Schulman Screenwriter
Tom Stoppard Screenwriter
Marlise Storchi Art Director
Bonnie Timmermann Casting
Andrew G. Vajna Producer
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer

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Medicine Man 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyable great acting
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have watched the movie several times. I believe the rivalry and the humorus banter between Connery and Bracco is the funniest I've seen in the movies for a while. Sean Connery has become a great actor has gotten better looking with age.
Cindy-in-Ohio More than 1 year ago
I love this movie! It's not only funny, it tells of the rain forest being destroyed. I love Sean Connery and Lorraine Bracco. They is so funny, the way they go back and forth putting each other down, yet falling in love at the same time. It's enjoyable to watch and educational at the same time.
I can't even count how many times I've watched this movie and I catch something different every time I watch it from the time before. I recommend it to everyone. So, now I want to watch it again since I started writing this review. You won't be sorry.
Biglet More than 1 year ago
Long before it was popular, this film addressed some of the ethics considerations in field research with indigenous people. It portrays the native population in an honest way and talks directly about continuing research into medicinal plants, particularly in the rainforest ecosystems. This film has a powerful impact on my middle school students and hopefully encourages them to go further in their study of botany. Companion video is "Spirits of the Rainforest" by Taurus Productions, an emmy winner.