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  • Actors: Vera Farminga, Nick Stahl, James Frain, Jessica Hecht, Dylan Bruno
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OU5NLW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,673 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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When a man walked into a hospital and offered a doctor $250,000 to amputate a perfectly healthy leg - reporter Isaac Knott (Nick Stahl) became intrigued. Knott, who lost the use of his legs in a childhood car accident, finds his professional interest turns into personal business. Fiona (Vera Farmiga), a mysterious and sexy informant, offers him an odd exclusive: she'll introduce him to the disturbing sub-culture of paraplegic "wannabes."

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It's a very good drama, very touching.
Another purely personal opinion: I found Vera Farmiga less interesting than Nick and the actress playing the young woman with whom he'd been in love.
Kay Kelly
And hang in there, several twists towards the end that you may not see coming.
H. Charton

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 31, 2008
Format: DVD
Helpful Note: Wikipedia definition: Quid pro quo (Latin for "something for something") indicates a more-or-less equal exchange or substitution of goods or services.

Carlos Brooks makes an impressive debut as both writer and director of this little independent film QUID PRO QUO, a story that may make some viewers uncomfortable because of the subject matter, but an intelligent investigation of a subculture unknown to most and a script that leads to a surprising ending - if the viewer keeps thinking after the rolling credits are over!

Isaac (Nick Stahl) is a reporter for a small radio station, a role that gives him the opportunity to uncover novel human interest stories for his audience. Interestingly, Isaac is a paraplegic, confined to a wheelchair since age 8 when he was the survivor of a car crash that killed both his parents. He has full function of most of his body, but cannot walk. Isaac receives an email from one 'Ancient Chinese Girl' that contains a message about a person who convinced a doctor to amputate a normal leg. Isaac is fascinated and sets out to investigate the story and eventually discovers the source of the email - one young and very beautiful Fiona (Vera Farmiga) - who introduces him to a subculture of people who want to be wheelchair bound: in a group meeting Isaac hears strange stories from a disparate group of people who meet to discuss their obsession with being paralyzed, their chance to be noticed and cared about as quasi-invalids who would go so far as having an amputation of a normal limb to enable their wheelchair dreams.

Isaac soon discovers that Fiona shares this obsession, demonstrates her secrets to Isaac, and the two begin to bond physically and emotionally.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KatKanDoo on February 2, 2013
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Okay I have to admit that if you follow the few reviews I've done I seem to end up reviewing movies where I have a crush on the actress - as far as I know I'm not a lesbian (not that there is anything wrong with being one ;)) but I do appreciate certain women - sometimes more than men - maybe because I have a better chance of being like them and that's what is really attracting me? But who knows and that's not what I'm here to do - I'm here to review - Quid Pro Quo is a good movie - Nick Stahl who really shines in a quiet and authentic way here - keeps you wanting to understand why people who have seemingly nothing wrong with them want to be paraplegics. He himself is one and as a reporter one day discovers some "wanna bes" people who want to be para but are not. Soon after he meets Fiona played by the much adored and amazing actress (ahem) Fiona Farmiga - she is not a paraplegic but she wants to be one. So begins the dance btw. the two of how each other seems to want what they have. It's a bittersweet movie - it takes you to the tip of tears but ultimately isn't so much as sad as quietly true. As often are most things in life.

Give it a shot...you won't regret it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Milam on May 17, 2009
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this is a smart little independent film noir, quite the intriguing mystery. the script is excellent and the direction/pacing is fine. the female lead, vera farmiga, is very good. nick stahl, the male lead, is incredible in this role. he gives a fine,fine performance and captures the confusion and hopes/fears of the character very well. this actor deserves more recognition than he gets. he is attractive-but-vulnerable and has a real film presence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By California Dreaming on March 23, 2013
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"Quid pro quo, Clarice." OK, so maybe Vera Farmiga -- who gives a very nice performance, as usual -- maybe isn't quite as off her rocker here as Hannibal Lecter, but it's close. She seems to want something that no one should want.

Pretty early on in this mildly-disturbing film, I started thinking about why a parapalegic would take offense if a non-disabled person wanted to become wheelchair bound. It didn't take long to think about this, and I came up with the following most-likely truth: the able-bodied person is trivializing the struggles that the parapalegic endures by thinking this way. If the parapalegic could have his way, he'd be out of that wheelchair faster than you can say, "Lickety split."

And this is the psychological setup for the film "Quid Pro Quo," at least for the audience, or at least for me. I have heard about actual people who want to become disabled for no apparent reason. For real, there was this guy who went to the doctor to ask to have one of his legs removed, below the knee, and there was nothing wrong with the patient's leg. The doctor correctly refused. Later, the patient wanted it gone so bad he put his foot in a bucket of dry ice, and gangrene set it. The doctor then had no choice but to remove it. The patient got his way, I suppose.

But this film has another possible theme going on. Is it possible that one person could start walking if another person lost the ability to walk? And would it be fair play if someone that did someone else harm receive a similar punishment? Would it make everything "square?"

This film is surely not for everyone; some people will undoubtedly be turned off or offended I suppose. But very nice performances by the leads leads us to a pretty thought-provoking film. And a fairly strong recommendation by me.
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