The Carey Treatment 1972 PG CC

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James Coburn plays Dr. Peter Carey, MD a pathologist confronting murder and hypocrisy in a Boston hospital. Directed by Blake Edwards from an early novel by Michael Crichton.

Starring:
James Coburn, Jennifer O'neill
Runtime:
1 hour 41 minutes

The Carey Treatment

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Genres Thriller, Mystery
Director Blake Edwards
Starring James Coburn, Jennifer O'neill
Supporting actors Pat Hingle, Skye Aubrey, Elizabeth Allen, John Fink, Dan O'Herlihy, James Hong, Alex Dreier, Michael Blodgett, Regis Toomey, Steve Carlson, Rosemary Edelman, Jennifer Edwards, John Hillerman, Robert Mandan, Warren Parker, Robie Porter, Morgan Sterne, Melissa Torme-March
Studio MGM
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By William Amazzini on January 3, 2012
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Actor James Coburn was always great in action roles and once in a while he graduated to detective or everyman roles which sometimes worked. This film 'THE CAREY TREATMENT'-1972 unfortunately doesn't. The film sure has its share of great faces from the seventies: James Hong, Skye Aubrey, Regis Toomey, John Hillerman, Pat Hingle, Dan O'Herlihy and Michael Blodgett among others. The lead actress is Jennifer O'Neill who tries to maintain dignity among the dull storylines. The direction is by Blake Edwards which is an unusual choice since he was more of a comedic director and after viewing this film, it seems anyone could have led the parade. Coburn plays Dr. Carey who joins a hospital medical staff and gets involved with the murder of the hospital's CEO's daughter. It's passed off as a botched abortion job but closer examination reveals deliberate murder. Coburn takes the 108 minute running time trying to prove the innocence of one of his colleagues accused of the murder. You would think out of all the Giallo and suspense thrillers being made at that time in Europe and also the states that Edwards would try to bring a little bit of suspense to the proceedings but this is not to be. The camerawork and music are strictly by the numbers. What emerges is a routine, dull excursion suited to the Hallmark or Lifetime television channels. It's so tedious that when the killer is revealed at the climax, who cares? I had the honor of meeting Ms. O'Neill when I worked at a music store in White Plains NY in the mid eighties. She had a horse farm there and used to frequent the store for records, she loved progressive rock and jazz. She had nice memories of this shoot and talked about her times in Europe afterwards. Warner Archive releases it in a nice 2.35 transfer with no extras but the mind boggles why the widescreen process was used at all when it resembles a TV movie of the week. For James Coburn completists only.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MovieFann on September 28, 2012
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James Coburn was perfectly cast as the new, hip Pathologist in a hospital cloaked with skeletons in every ward. Although he did not rise to "A List" fame he nonetheless delivers a topnotch performance blending sarcastic wit and intelligence as the newly hired Pathologist who locks horns with the Hospital's CEO and Chief Surgeon....add a delicious Jennifer O'Neill as curious yet vulnerable Hospital Chief of Dietary services, a Med School chum (who is implicated in the death of the CEO's wayward daughter), and a host of familiar faced actors and you have a fun, exciting 70's soap opera. Coburn, with his gangly stature, baritone voice and gritty smiles, delivers his lines with the sharpness of a surgeon's scapel and the playfulness of a man who is in control of his every emotion. The romance with O'Nell is sincere, confident and they manage to create credible chemistry between each other (no Bogart-Bacall sizzle however, this IS the free-love 70's!) Despite the predictable ending I really enjoyed the journey back to 1972 and fondly remember the bobbed hair styles, long sideburns, tight bell-bottoms and the way hospital life was: an endless parade of white-coated inhabitants, conversations throwing around anatomical and biochemistry terms, the controlled chaos of this environment and the true mysteries that unfold on a daily basis. I am not ashamed to say I enjoyed this film (and was delighted to find it available after almost 40 years!)
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This is a great James Colburn movie. It is very 70's retro ---but that is the charm and appeal of this movie. It is well casts and well directed! This is a movie ever retro movie lover needs in their personal collection. *I highly recommend this as a very enjoyable movie and 70's era flash-back!
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The (often) great Blake Edwards seems to be on auto-pilot w/ this luke warm medical/detective mish-mash. I waited 40 years to see this movie (since I saw the ads when I was a kid) - I finally got to watch it, about two months ago, and I've forgotten most of it already.
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