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My Own Country (1998)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 1998
"My Own Country" tells the story of an East Indian doctor who settles in Johnson City, Tennessee. The doctor's name is Abraham Verghese, and he specializes in infectious diseases. It's 1985... See full summary »

Director:

Mira Nair

Writers:

Abraham Verghese (book), Jim Leonard (screenplay) (as Jim Leonard Jr.) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Naveen Andrews ... Dr. Abraham Verghese
Glenne Headly ... Vickie Talley
Hal Holbrook ... Lloyd Flanders
Swoosie Kurtz ... Hope Flanders
Marisa Tomei ... Mattie Vines
Adam Tomei Adam Tomei ... Gordon Vines
Ellora Patnaik ... Rajani Verghese
Peter MacNeill ... Allen
Sean Hewitt ... Chester Mews
William Webster William Webster ... Langdon Arwood
Sharon Dyer Sharon Dyer ... Mrs. Vines
David Fox ... Mr. Vines
Colleen Williams Colleen Williams ... Carol
Ranjit Chowdhry ... Vadivel
Ishwar Mooljee Ishwar Mooljee ... Dr. S.B.T.
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"My Own Country" tells the story of an East Indian doctor who settles in Johnson City, Tennessee. The doctor's name is Abraham Verghese, and he specializes in infectious diseases. It's 1985, and AIDS is spreading from the big cities to the rural areas. Abraham takes AIDS as his personal crusade and is soon well-known for his compassion and non-judgmental treatment. He soon becomes overwhelmed with patients from the surrounding states, which strains his marriage. Written by Bill Alward

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Even a small town must face the truth.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some frank sexual discussion | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az én országom See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Powerful and beautifully acted.
5 June 1999 | by David-240See all my reviews

I am surprised that I hadn't heard of this film before I stumbled onto it on Hallmark. It is directed by Mira Nair, who was responsible for Salaam Bombay and Mississippi Masala, and stars Naveen Andrews who was so good in the English Patient. And also features Marisa Tomei and her brother Adam, and the excellent Glenn Headly. A great cast doing great work.

This is the story of a young Indian doctor in Tennessee treating various people living with HIV/AIDS. Their stories are beautifully intertwined with his because he relates to their sense of ostracism - his because he is Indian and theirs because they have a disease that is much misunderstood.

The diversity of the stories is impressive - a straight man who contracted it through a transfusion, an elderly gay couple who have been together all their lives but engaged in recreational sex outside the relationship, a married bi-sexual and his wife, and a single gay man from a very religious family. The story of the gay couple is especially moving and unique in movies.

The acting is universally fine and the direction and script very strong. It's also a true story, which makes it even more worthwhile. Excellent.


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