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Gross Anatomy (1989)




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Rebelling against what he sees as a repressive, stuffy environment, a talented but unmotivated young medical student prefers playing the class clown to working. This comedy-drama centers on conflict that arises when a dedicated professor tries to force him to apply himself.

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Matthew Modine
as Joe Slovak
Daphne Zuniga
as Laurie Rorbach
Christine Lahti
as Dr. Rachel Woodruff
Todd Field
as David Schreiner
Alice Carter
as Kim McCauley
Zakes Mokae
as Dr. Banumbra
J.C. Quinn
as Papa Slovak
Rutanya Alda
as Mama Slovak
Brandis Kemp
as Aunt Rose
Ryan Cash
as Frankie Slovak
Angus MacInnes
as Dean Torrence
Lisa Zane
as Luann
Alison Taylor
as Cynthia Wilkes
Michael Stoyanov
as Joel Cleaver
Max Perlich
as Ethan Cleaver
John Short
as Resident
Steven Culp
as Jerry Fanning Forrester
Elizabeth Gilliam
as Nina McCauley
Jack Murdock
as Old Patient
Kimberly Scott
as Nurse Louise
Diane Robin
as Waitress
Rick Goldman
as Truck Driver
O. Laron Clark
as Food Server
Russell Bobbitt
as Gunshot Victim
Frank Torres
as Gang Member
Pola del Mar
as Gang Member's Mother
Jesse Anthony Gonzalez
as Gang Member's Brother
Clyde Kusatsu
as Interviewing Professor
John Petlock
as Interviewing Professor
J. Patrick McNamara
as Interviewing Professor
Jan Munroe
as Interviewing Professor
Michael Flanagan
as Lecturing Professor
Don Perry
as Lecturing Professor
Kay E. Kuter
as Lecturing Professor
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Critic Reviews for Gross Anatomy

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

The university atmosphere is reproduced with relentless accuracy, right down to the most subtle intonations in the voices of the professors setting the exams and asking the questions. And all of the dialogue has the ring of truth.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Has real heart. Lahti gives a poignant performance

March 3, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

It's an unfunny "Young Doctors in Love."

September 23, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Cheesy comedy that works as background visuals at a party.

July 21, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

silly med-school soap opera

October 14, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

So-so med-school rom-drama.

July 25, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Gross Anatomy

In spite of its misleading name, this is no horror film but a romantic drama with comedic elements. Daphne Zuniga and Matthew Modine play students in med school surrounded by other med students who, are all driven to excel. Zuniga is very much work focused and rigidly serious but Modine`s character is the somewhat stereotypical "hotshot street smart bad boy" who doesn't care enough. Naturally they are attracted to each other. Two things captured my attention; the grueling pressures associated with the first year of medical school (with a continuing theme of dissecting corpses) and all the stress and strain of coping with the exams and workloads for students from different backgrounds and with different motivations. The interaction with his instructor Dr Woodruf who tries to extract the most from him is very interesting to note.

Deb S
Deb S

Super Reviewer


A great film! A favorite.

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

rather ordinary film with an extraordinary performance by the great Christine Lathi.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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