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Something The Lord Made (TV)

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Original title
Something The Lord Made (TV)
Running time
110 min.
United States United States
Peter Silverman, Robert Caswell (Article: Katie McCabe)
Christopher Young
Donald M. Morgan
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HBO Films / Nina Saxon Film Design
Drama | Based On A True Story. Medical. Racism. 1940s. TV Movie
Synopsis / Plot
SOMETHING THE LORD MADE is a moving story of men who defy the rules and start a medical revolution. Their patients are known as the "blue babies" - infants suffering from a congenital heart defect that turns them blue as they slowly suffocate. Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) and Vivien Thomas (Mos Def) make a brilliant team. But even as they race against time to save one particular baby, the two occupy different places in society. Blalock is the white, wealthy head of surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Thomas is black and poor, a skilled carpenter whose dream of going to college and becoming a doctor was ruined by the Great Depression, although he was naturally gifted with the intuition and dexterity of a great surgeon. Even as they save lives and invent a whole new field of medicine, social pressures threaten to tear them apart. Ultimately, however, Thomas finds his dreams coming true in unexpected ways.
2004: Emmy: 3 Awards, Including Best TV Movie. 9 Nominations
2004: Golden Globes: 2 nominations, including Best Mini-Series or TV Motion Picture
2004: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - TV Programs of the Year
2004: Nominated for Critics' Choice Awards: Best Picture Made for TV
2004: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best TV Movie
2004: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director (Miniseries/TV Movie)
2004: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Original Screenplay (Long Form)
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