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The Surgeon (1995)

Exquisite Tenderness (original title)
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A small boy witnesses his brother being killed in surgery, grows up to become a monster with a scalpel.

Director:

Carl Schenkel

Writers:

Patrick Cirillo (screenplay), Bernard Sloane (based on a screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabel Glasser ... Dr. Theresa McCann
James Remar ... Dr. Benjamin Hendricks
Sean Haberle ... Dr. Julian Matar
Peter Boyle ... Lt. McEllwaine
Malcolm McDowell ... Dr. Stein
Charles Dance ... Dr. Ed Mittlesbay
Beverly Todd ... Nurse Burns
Charles Bailey-Gates Charles Bailey-Gates ... Sgt. Ross
Walter Olkewicz ... Dr. Meade
Mother Love ... Milly Putnam
Gregory West Gregory West ... Tommy Beaton
Juliette Jeffers ... Lisa Wilson
Nancy Banks Nancy Banks ... Loreen Ridgeway
Kim Robillard ... Dr. Eugene Kaiser
Teryl Rothery ... Officer Pierson
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Storyline

Dr. Julian Mater is suspended and gets his license revoked for performing experiments on dying patients in cellular regeneration. A couple of years later, he returns to the hospital that condemned his work to begin practicing his grizzly experiments once more. Written by Humberto Amador

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Taglines:

First Jason...Then Freddy...Finally, A Professional.

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and gore, and for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1995 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

CAD10,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

DTS-Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Actually filmed inside a Vancouver mental hospital. See more »

Goofs

When Dr Matar is locked up in the penitentiary in the bed with the IV, there's a machine nearby measuring something with beeps; presumably his heart-rate, as it speeds up in the scuffle in the next scene. However, the beeping continues, even after he's disconnected himself from everything. See more »

Connections

Featured in Svengoolie: The Surgeon (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Lollipop
Written by Beverly Ross and Julius Dixon (aka Julius Dixon)
Edward B. Marks Music Co. (BMI)
Performed by The Chordettes
Courtesy of Barnaby Records, Inc.
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Overall satisfying hospital chiller
22 October 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

I instantly got hooked on this film when I first saw it. It came on late-night TV and I watched it even though I wasn't really allowed. The combination of seeing a forbidden film and being impressed by everything that is bloody, I really liked it. Now, years and literally tons of movies later, I notice that it is obviously flawed and unoriginal but yet I still think it's an enjoyable thriller that can provide you with a few scares. The film opens with an eerie black and white sequence in which a young boy witnesses the death of his older brother while the song 'lollipop' is playing on the radio. Apparently due to this trauma, he grew out to become a mad scientist with Frankensteinian ideas and methods, using terminal hospital patients for his research. He takes revenge on the hospital staff that suspended him. The most efficient aspects about this film are unquestionably the ominous set pieces and locations. The horror highlights include a sequence in which a helpless patient gets a huge needle injected in her nose, or when our insane doctor operates on himself. First time actor Sean Haberle is decent as the 'villain', by the way. He's a spooky looking dude with vicious eyes and a violent charisma. The two leads – James Remar and Isabel Glasser – are okay as well but it's the supportive cast that is REALLY interesting. Peter Boyle (Young Frankenstein, Hardcore), Charles Dance (Alien³, Space Truckers) and especially Malcolm McDowell all make great appearances. Unfortunately, McDowell's icky character dies too soon and the film dies a little with him.

Exquisite Tenderness is nowhere near original, the production takes itself way too serious and the last 5 minutes shouldn't have made the final cut. Yet, it's still a delightful film to kill some time with and the body count is enormous.


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