Share

Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: TBD

Whose Life Is It Anyway? Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Stepping into the role made famous on Broadway by Tom Conti, Richard Dreyfuss stars as a profoundly handicapped sculptor in Whose Life is it Anyway? Left a quadraplegic after an auto accident, the embittered Dreyfuss feels utterly useless, as both an artist and a human being. He doesn't want his family's love, or his doctor's care, or his nurse's ministrations. Dreyfuss simply wants to die-but this is impossible, given the legal state of things in the 1970s. Whose Life is It Anyway? may be the only film in which a person's right to self-destruction is regarded as a happy ending. Not as depressing as it sounds, Whose Life Is It Anyway is perversely hilarious at times, with Dreyfuss at his acerbic best. The film was scripted by Reginald Rose and Brian Clark from Clark's stage play. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Richard Dreyfuss
as Ken Harrison
John Cassavetes
as Dr. Michael Emerson
Christine Lahti
as Dr. Clare Scott
Bob Balaban
as Catter Hill
Kenneth McMillan
as Judge Wyler
Kaki Hunter
as Mary Jo
Thomas Carter
as Orderly John
Alba Oms
as Nurse Rodriguez
Janet Eilber
as Pat
Lyman Ward
as Emergency-Room Doctor
Mel Stewart
as Dr. Barr
Wabei Slyolwe
as Court Clerk
Robert S. Telford
John Garber
as Physiotherapist
Tony Simotes
as Orthodpedic Surgeon
Ward Costello
as Mr. Eden
George Wyner
as Dr. Jacobs
Jeffrey Combs
as 1st-Year Intern
Kathryn Grody
as Mrs. Boyle
Dorothy Meyer
Michael Steve Jones
as Intern
Alston Ahern
as Day Nurse
Alan Stock
as 3rd-Year Student
J.J. Johnston
as Guard
Lissa Layng

Crew

John Badham
Director
Ray Cooney
Producer
Brian Clark
Play Author
Brian Clark
Screen Story
Brian Clark
Screenwriter
Mario Tosi
Cinematographer
Gene Callahan
Production Designer
Marianna Elliott
Costume Designer
Marge Champion
Choreography
Advertisement