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Gross Anatomy (1989)

Matthew Modine , Daphne Zuniga , Thom Eberhardt  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew Modine, Daphne Zuniga, Christine Lahti, Todd Field, John Scott Clough
  • Directors: Thom Eberhardt
  • Writers: Alan Jay Glueckman, Howard Rosenman, Mark Spragg, Ron Nyswaner, Stanley Isaacs
  • Producers: Carol Baum, Debra Hill
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video / Mill Creek
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000068MBX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,606 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gross Anatomy" on IMDb

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Matthew Modine (ANY GIVEN SUNDAY) stars as Joe Slovak, a brilliant first-year med student whose casual, nonconforming approach to life gets tested when he enrolls in gross anatomy, the toughest course in med school. Joe's freewheeling, independent style creates funny moments in the classroom, but puts him at odds with his demanding professor (Christina Lahti, HIDEAWAY), who questions whether her class "rebel" has what it takes to be a doctor. On top of that, Joe falls in love with his no-nonsense lab partner (Daphne Zuniga -- THE SURE THING, TV's MELROSE PLACE), who won't let anything, especially romance, interfere with her plans. And while Joe's never done anything by the book, he proves he does have what it takes to succeed -- without changing his ways!

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This film is actually outstanding! June 10, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
While "Batman" may have pulverized "Gross Anatomy" at the box office in the summer of 1989, this film is worth seeing and owning. This is one of those films where you watch a character evolve in front of your eyes. You watch Matthew Modine's character grow up in the film. As he goes from being a careless flunky who barely made his way through a less than top notch school, you see, as Christine Lahti does, that he has something. And she makes him believe it. And finally, in an emotional scene in a diner and an even more emotional scene in a classroom before final exams, you realize he has. A great film that you can identify with if you've ever known someone who seemed to have so much going for him, but seemed to just want to play the clown all the time. A beautiful film.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming August 10, 2002
By A. Eby
Format:VHS Tape
"Gross Anatomy" is a predictable, but heartwarming, little film about five eager first-year medical students. I appreciated the occasionally goofy medical humor and the fine performances from all the actors, notably Christine Lahti, as a rigidly serious, if ultimately well-intentioned anatomy instructor This film has been sadly overlooked for years; it deserves more than a passing glance.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not enough praise for Gross Anatomy August 18, 1999
By A Customer
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In my opinion, this movie never received the recognition that it deserved. As a medical student hopeful, I was drawn in by the medical school backdrop of the film. Aside from that,I also feel that the movie's use of drama, romance, and comedy in the main characters' struggle to discover things about themselves and each other was superb. Although largely underrated, this remains one of my favorites.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I found this title in the comedy section at the video store. It is more of a romantic drama with comedic elements. Modine excells at the sensitive smart-aleck role found in "Gross Anatomy," a la "Vision Quest." He plays a cocky med student, with his own way of doing things, thus ruffling the feathers of the more conservative characters he meets. Along the way, he falls in love with Daphne Zuniga's character who don't immediately mesh. Film langours at parts where Modine and Dr. Woodruff argue. However, interplay between Modine and Zuniga is great. Worth a look.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best med movie ever! May 29, 2003
For my opinion the year of 1989 it has been one of the most exciting years in the history of cinema. Three movies from this particular year changed my life. First Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, second Dead Poets Society and third is Gross Anatomy. the last one i saw it the first time in TV but i loved it right away. This movie mixtures two of my favorite items. Colleges and relationships. It has believable and true characters and most of all it has Daphne Zunigha. Its directory it is honest and modest but above all some melancholy corresses the story. I think the character Matthew Modine plays is a genious who he dosen't know he is genious. I loved it and i am waiting for the european edition of the movie because i cant buy it yet.
Dont miss it either youare med student or not...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the most underrated film of all time. August 12, 1999
By A Customer
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I am always disturbed to see the lack of recognition which "Gross Anatomy" has suffered. It is in my opinion one of the best films ever produced. The humour is good, but more significant is the character development which is so perceptive and subtle. It is certainly worth seeing, unfortunately it appears to be unavailable.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Special Features December 7, 2002
By A Customer
If you read all the reviews of this film below based on the VHS version, you'll see it is one of the more enjoyable films of the late 1980s. Everything said about it is correct, and I stand by the praise I gave it as well.
I just wanted to alert viewers of the DVD, however, that there are NO special features. It's a bit odd for a DVD not to have any, but that explains why this is is so inexpensive.
Of course, the nice thing is, it's widescreen, so you can see the full picture.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise Sleeper Hit! April 22, 2011
Gross Anatomy follows one year of new medical students who end up together in a lab group and deal with the tribulations of their stressful assignments and responsibilities in order to pass. Matthew Modine plays the somewhat stereotypical "hotshot streetsmart bad boy" with some hidden insecurities, and his love interest, fellow medical student Daphne Zuniga (of Spaceballs) plays a more serious headstrong type who somewhat disappointingly goes for Modine a little too fast and soon to be totally realistic.
While the movie may be labeled as a Romantic Comedy, there honestly is not much comedy to be had in this film as it is not all that funny, nor does it really try to be. While the film mostly should be labeled a drama, there are few comedic influences as well as a vibe that almost promises a comedy but never really delivers, albeit a few scenes. No, this is mostly a fast-paced drama that at first feels as if it will not fare too well, except that during the second half of the film (and the cast's 2nd half year of medical school) tensions begin to arise, friction between lab partners and love interests as well as friction between students and professors.

What makes this film work is that while the script is not too daring on comedy or memorable choreography or even dialogue, it doesn't ever really try to be, but seems more concerned with building characters, ones in which reveal themselves throughout the school year in forms of deeper insecurities and stresses. While the characters do try and keep a professional attitude at first, the tensions of medical school assignments soon begin to weigh them down, thus they end up depending on each other emotionally more than they originally thought they would need to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A VHS transfer?
Some grain and visual defects, like a VHS transfer.
Published 1 month ago by Alberto Lugo
5.0 out of 5 stars Gross Anatomy
This has always been one my keepers. it is very funny. The fact that it teaches a lot about life's ups and downs
makes that more interesting. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ray M., Trevino
1.0 out of 5 stars *Spoiler Alert*
Here's the plot: this fellow goes to medical school. Context clues are supposed to fool us into thinking that he is hot. He acts rude to everyone and hits on this girl a bunch. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Stardog77
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie
Love this movie! Watched with my presumed daughter who has been mentoring in human anatomy. This was the first time she has seen it. We watched twice in a row.
Published 8 months ago by Tana
2.0 out of 5 stars Collaboration between doctors amd the movie industry to combat the bad...
Collaboration between doctors amd the movie industry to combat the bad press dortors were receiving at the times. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jeff Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
Just a great movie! Mathew Modine and the others in this cast made this a very good movie to watch.
Published 8 months ago by Frank Keith Dreier
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Viewing Experience.
Viewed: 12/13
Rate: 8

12/13: I had seen Gross Anatomy in clips many years ago because I kept getting in the middle of it whenever I flipped the channels. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Austin Somlo
5.0 out of 5 stars Gross Anatomy
Gross Anatomy is one of my favorite all time movies. It is very moving, emotional, romantic, teaching, heart warming and touching.
Published 11 months ago by James Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good movie!
I liked everything about this movie. The story was uplifting, Mathew Modine was superb. Heart warming, quite moving emotionally. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Graham Stevens
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie about Med School
My Mother-In-Law and Father-in-Law met in Med School so the storyline is believable to me. I also liked the chemistry between the actors with the challenges of school, study, and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Fenton Ash
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