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Article 99

3.9 out of 5 stars 112 customer reviews

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Ray Liotta and Kiefer Sutherland star as doctors whose devotion to healing the sick goes way beyondthe call of duty in a film that's captivating, compelling and "as vital and immediate as the evening news" (Associated Press). When Dr. Peter Morgan (Sutherland) begins his medical internship at a Veteran's Administration hospital, he expects to breeze through on his way to a cushy practice. Instead, he's thrust into a bizarre bureaucratic maze where the health of patients is secondary to politics. And the temperature really rises when he teams up with some freewheeling physicians, led by Dr. Richard Sturgess (Liotta), who think they've learned how to break the rulesand save liveswithout getting caught.

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  • Actors: Ray Liotta, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Lea Thompson, John C. McGinley
  • Directors: Howard Deutch
  • Writers: Ron Cutler
  • Producers: Elena Spiotta, Michael Gruskoff, Michael I. Levy, Roger Joseph Pugliese
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009Y3Q2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,186 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Article 99" on IMDb

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Article 99 is a fresh story that needs to be told as it keeps on the lines of the truth. The story its self is very enjoyble and with a cast that is so well put together this film never goes down hill. It will keep your attention from start to finish as you will be left thinking about this truly magnification story that will stay in your head for weeks.
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Article 99 isn't the "action film" which many see it as, nor is it a true comedy. It's more of a satirical parody of what these vets go through when trying to obtain their "guaranteeed lifetime medical benefits". Bearing in mind that Vets of these eras did receive that guarantee in exchange for higher pay rates, it accurately depicts a portions of what these vets have to go through to receive the care FOR WHICH THEY PAID.
Most who have lived through those eras or who are frustrated with the lost promise- similar to a retroactive pay cut have a more precise understanding of the film. Vets of these wars & particularly those who have attempted to access the quality medical care promised them see may be able to view this film as highly accurate. The humor is ingrained in attempting to receive this retroactive benefit promise. The film's very accurate depiction & humor makes it almost sad by illustrating in view of the degradation that the Vet must encounter when trying to access their medical care, when needed.
It also illustrates the low status given to the Vet in attempting to access health care. I suppose if one really wants an accurate feel for this film, they should sit in a VA Hospital clinic reception area for 6-12 hours so as to see a doctor who will refer them to another to see in 2 months, or schedule a test 4 weeks off, with instructions to return to this dr thereafter. The unknowing viewer can walk though the clinic to discover that the Vet who saw the referral doctor and had the test 2 months earlier, will in many cases meet with "lost records" & the need for a rescheduled appointment. By the time of returning to see the origianl Dr., he/ she is usually no longer on rotation at this government hospital.
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IWEPT WHEN I SAW THIS MOVIE AS I AM AN OLDER KOREAN WAR VET THAT HAD TO BEAT MY HEAD AGAINST THE SYSTEM WALL.I DONT LIKR KIEFER SOUTHERLAND BUT IN "99" HE IS TERRIFFIC.I BOUGHT THE VCR TAPE FOR MY V.A. DR.
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I first saw this movie years ago and have worked at VA hospitals. I laughed as well as shed tears. It brought back floods of memories---all good. Those memories sustain and uplift me daily. Reminds me that, indeed, the journey was well worth taking!!
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I have seen this movie before and really liked it so when I found it on line I grabbed it. I had no idea this site sold movies that would not work in my DVD player. Anyway I still have not exchanged it for one that will go in my machine. It's really a hassle to return merchandise.
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I am a combat veteran who not only utilizes the VA, but a veteran that provides care and works with veterans through a non-profit military ministry. This Movie may have been focused on the plight of veterans, primarily around the Vietnam era, but if anything it is a sharp reminder that very little has changed for veterans today. The movie gives a sardonic, and yet clear view of many of the issues that continue to plague the VA and I can not recommend it enough. It should be watched by every politician-and anyone involved with policy decisions being made regarding the care of veterans. Every American interested in the care and treatment of it's veterans should be encouraged to see this movie.
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I believe the Government hid this movie away as to not let the public see what is happening in our V.A. system. I have been wanting for this movie for a long time and being it was made after the Vietnam War, shows the conditions of the V.A. system back then. But as the headlines have exposed the dying vets and now inspecting these hospitals for their malpractice, nothing has really changed.
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Even though this movie was made during the worst of times for the Veterans Administration, the outlook of the actors/actresses playing the parts of VA medical professionals and expressing concern for disabled veterans continues to be a grave problem for all veterans whenever they must deal with the VA. Congress continues to investigate the VA due to veterans still being ignored for appointments and care.
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