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"Medicine Man" is the rare action/adventure film with something more than car chases and shootouts on its mind, a passionate parable of the rampant destruction of the rainforest and the miracles of nature now threatened by "progress".
Sean Connery gives one of the best, most nuanced performances of his career, almost certainly the definitive "mature" Connery role, and Lorraine Bracco is a perfect foil as the sharp-tongued but endearing "Dr. Bronx" - their conflict thoroughly understandable and its resolution none too easy.
The breathtaking beauty of the rainforest and the haunting images of the native tribes driven from their homes (or decimated by the white man's diseases) are punctuated by thrilling aerial sequences high above in the jungle canopy - "the top shelf in the pharmacological superstore".
Forget the critics. This is an almost perfectly realized film, one that just gets better with each viewing, one that stays with you long after it's over.
For Connery fans, I also recommend one of his early (and nearly forgotten) films, "The Hill".
I show the movie "Medicine Man" to all of my Introduction to Environmental Studies classes. Many of my students have seen the movie either in the theater or on video, but they have viewed it only as entertainment. There is a lot more to this movie than entertainment value though.
If I were reviewing this movie for entertainment value alone I would probably rate it at about 4 stars. The cast is good, Connery and Bracco do a great job, and I particularly enjoy the supporting cast of local folks.
The reason I rate it as a 5 star movie, and show it to my classes, is that the movie shows a believable story of the plight of indigenous peoples and the loss of pristine habitat, the importance of maintaining biological diversity, and the detrimental impacts humans can and do have on the natural environment. More important than that, however, are the lessons that can be picked up with respect to the importance of nature's ability to change people's attitudes if they step back and give it a chance.
Good entertainment, and a great message about the environment.
Alan Holyoak, Ph.D., Director of Environmental Studies, Manchester College, IN
They work in the question of the destruction of the rain forrest, and the real cost to man kind; the loss of moisture for rainfal, the loss of special one of a kind plants that could hold the cure for many modern diseases. I know many critics tried to put it down for offering no real solutions to this problem. Get real. This is a movie, it is meant to entertain. If it makes us think and wonder, then it has done it job. Solutions are up to the real world, not some fictional work. If someone could offer solutions to the problem in two hours - they would be a very rich man. I detest easy 'potshots' such as that.
The leads are charming, the natives in the film are wonderful, the scenery gorgeous ( Connery, Bracco AND the jungle!!), the writing is sheer perfection.
What more could you want??? From the moment Bracco arrives to find Connery in a bird costume and she introduces herself as Crane and he drunkenly replies, "No, Tucan.", you know you are in for a delightful time.
Also, notice the inside joke about the snake's name!!
DVD only enhances the experience of this utterly charming movie.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good story line and Sean Coney does a super job as the medicine man.Published 9 days ago by Robert E. Darling
Great scenery and music. Lorraine Bracco ("The Sopranos", "Rizzoli & Isles") is great to watch. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Christine Stephens
It's nice to see Sean Connery as someone else than 007. Both leading roles are well cast.Published 18 days ago by Paula
Watched this movie as a child. But it was the "edited for TV" version so I never saw any of the boobies and stuff thats in the full movie. That aside, still love the movie. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer