Dr. Jack Kevorkian in the 1990s, when he defies Michigan law assisting the suicide of terminally-ill persons. Support comes from his sister, a lab tech, the Hemlock Society president, and a lawyer. The child of survivors of the Armenian genocide interviews applicants: his sister video tapes them. He assembles a device allowing a person to initiate a three-chemical intravenous drip. The local D.A., the governor, and the Legislature respond. In court scenes, Kevorkian is sometimes antic. He’s single-minded about giving dying individuals the right to determine how their lives will end. He wants the Supreme Court to rule. —IMDb
One of the more versatile American filmmakers of his generation, Barry Levinson’s movies showcased subjects as diverse as the immigrant experience, mob intrigue, and political satire. He earned particular acclaim for his semi-autobiographical portraits of life in 1950s Baltimore, a topic that he explored to great effect in Diner, his 1982 directorial debut.
Born in Baltimore on June 2, 1942, Levinson was the son of a warehouse manager. Initially intent on a career in the media, he studied Broadcast Journalism in college but didn’t remain there long enough to earn a degree. He instead switched his interests to acting and standup comedy, and, after serving a stint as a staff writer on The Carol Burnett Show, he was hired by producer Mel Brooks. The first film to carry a screenwriter credit for Levinson (in the company of several other writers) was Silent Movie (1976); this was followed by Brooks’ High Anxiety (1977), which also featured Levinson as a vengeful bellboy in the film’s… read more
Un grande attore protagonista: Al Pacino e un grande tema sociale: l'Eutanasia, fanno di questo un bel film da guardare e su cui riflettere. Basato sulla vita del "dottor morte" Jack Kevorkian il medico che ha praticato l'eutanasia su oltre 130 pazienti affetti da patologie giunte allo stadio terminale. Incentrato sul come Kevorkian costruì la "Mercy Tron" ("Macchina della Pietà"), e sul primo intervento di eutanasia avvenuto negli anni novanta.
Always an interesting topic. Good movie. Just a bit too long for my taste. Lovely performances.