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Film - Drama

  • War Nurse (1930)

    A group of women volunteer for nursing duty in France during WWI. Babs and Joy fall in love with handsome young aviators, Wally and Robin, respectively. While Joy receives a marriage proposal, Wally makes it clear he is not interested in a long term commitment with Babs. Situations aren't always as they seem, however, and both girls have a lot to learn. This pre-code drama deals frankly with the issue of sex and mortality during wartime conditions.

    Cast: Robert Montgomery, Anita Page, June Walker, Robert Ames, Zasu Pitts, Marie Prevost, Helen Jerome Eddy, Hedda Hopper, Edward J. Nugent, Martha Sleeper, Michael Vanvitch, John Miljan.

    Director: Edgar Selwyn

  • Night Nurse (1931) Drama

    William Wellman's NIGHT NURSE is a sassy, unsentimental comedy about a private pediatric nurse named Lora Hart (Barbara Stanwyck) who, after applying as an apprentice in a family home, discovers there is a plot afoot to starve her two rich, fat, young charges to death. The culprit is the family’s chauffeur, Nick (Clark Gable), a villain who plans to marry the kids' dissolute mother and make off with their trust fund. It's then up Hart, her wisecracking nurse friend Maloney (Joan Blondell), and her bootlegger beau Mortie (Ben Lyon) to save them. Lyon is both dashing and bumbling as Mortie, who hopes to help Lora, and Charlie Winninger is notable as Dr. Arthur Bell, the villainous head of the hospital. Director Wellman keeps the jokes humming along with the peril.

    Cast & Crew: Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Blondell, Clark Gable

    Directed by William Wellman

  • A Farewell to Arms (1932) Drama

    Frank Borzage's drama is the original, highly acclaimed film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's 1929 novel about the poignant, ill-fated wartime romance between an American paramedic and an English nurse in WWI. This skillfully crafted film features two of the premiere stars of 1930s Hollywood--Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes--in the leads.

    Starring:  Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou, Mary Philips, Jack LaRue, Blanche Frederici, Henry Armetta, Mary Forbes, Paul Porcasi, George Humbert

    Directed by Frank Borzage

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) Drama R

    Milos Foreman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, based on the novel by Ken Kesey and the play by Dale Wasserman, presents a biting and ultimately tragic satire about mental institutions and the human spirit. A disturbing, witty, and electrifying drama, the film won the 1975 Academy Award for Best Picture. R.P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson), a misbehaved con who shirks authority, finds himself in an asylum after faking insanity to get out of work detail in prison. The vivacious troublemaker soon finds himself in a worse kind of prison--one presided over by the repressed, terrifyingly quiet Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), whose set of rules and regulations are meant to suppress patients' psychotic outbursts, and their spirits. It's not long before McMurphy is reaching out to his new inmates, trying desperately to bring life to an otherwise dead atmosphere. To Ratched, however, Nicholson's free spirit is as dangerous as a schizophrenic impulse. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST is brilliantly acted by an ensemble that includes Brad Dourif, Christopher Lloyd, Vincent Schiavelli, and Danny DeVito.

    Starring Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson, Brad Dourif, Christopher Lloyd, Danny DeVito

    Directed by Milos Forman

    ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST is number 20 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.

    ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1993.

  • The English Patient (1996) Drama R

    Set during World War II, this film adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's novel concerns a horribly scarred, amnesiac mapmaker (Ralph Fiennes) who is found by Bedouins in the desert and then transported to Italy. When Allied nurse Hana (Juliette Binoche) devotes herself to caring for the mysterious patient in an abandoned monastery, his story of a intense love affair with a colleague's wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) begins to unfold in a series of flashbacks. Hana, meanwhile, faces her own demons and explores her attraction to a Sikh bomb expert (Naveen Andrews). Tensions escalate at the monastery following the appearance of Caravaggio (Willem Dafoe), a thumbless thief who knows the identity of the mysterious patient.

    Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Kristin Scott Thomas

    Directed by Anthony Minghella

    At the 1997 Academy Awards, THE ENGLISH PATIENT received 12 Academy Award Nominations, including Best Actor--Ralph Fiennes, Best Actress--Kristen Scott Thomas, and Best Screenplay (Adaptation)--Anthony Minghella. It won 9 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director--Anthony Minghella, and Best Supporting Actress--Juliette Binoche.

  • Wit (2001) (TV)  PG-13  

    Based on the Margaret Edson play, Vivian Bearing is a literal, hardnosed English professor who has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. During the story, she reflects on her reactions to the cycle the cancer takes, the treatments, and significant events in her life. The people that watch over her are Jason Posner, who only finds faith in being a doctor; Susie Monahan, a nurse with a human side that is the only one in the hospital that cares for Vivian's condition; and Dr. Kelekian, the head doctor who just wants results no matter what they are.

    Starring Emma Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Atkins, Audra McDonald, Jonathan M. Woodward, Harold Pinter

    Directed by Mike Nichols

  • Angels in America (TV) (2003)

    Mike Nichols' film version of Tony Kushner's extraordinary play Angels in America, includes one of the best depictions of nurses in feature film history. God has abandoned Heaven. It's 1985: the Reagans are in the White House and Death swings the scythe of AIDS. In Manhattan, Prior Walton tells Lou, his lover of four years, he's ill; Lou bolts. As disease and loneliness ravage Prior, guilt invades Lou. Joe Pitt, an attorney who is Mormon and Republican, is pushed by right-wing fixer Roy Cohn toward a job at the Justice Department. Both Pitt and Cohn are in the closet: Pitt out of shame and religious turmoil, Cohn to preserve his power and access. Pitt's wife Harper is strung out on Valium, aching to escape a sexless marriage. An angel invites Prior to be a prophet in death. Pitt's mother and Belize, a close friend, help Prior choose.

     It features Nichols' usual assured direction and excellent work by Meryl Streep, Al Pacino and the other major actors, some of whom (as in the play) take multiple roles.

    Cast: Al Pacino   Meryl Streep   Emma Thompson   Mary-Louise Parker   Jeffrey Wright

    Mike Nichols - Director/Executive Producer

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