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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


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
George Wyner
as Dr. Jacobs
J.J. Johnston
as Guard
Lissa Layng
Wabei Slyolwe
as Court Clerk
Ward Costello
as Mr. Eden
Michael Steve Jones
as Intern
Kathryn Grody
as Mrs. Boyle
Jeffrey Combs
as 1st-Year Intern
Alston Ahern
as Day Nurse
Alan Stock
as 3rd-Year Student
Tony Simotes
as Orthodpedic Surgeon
Dorothy Meyer
Mel Stewart
as Dr. Barr
Robert S. Telford
John Garber
as Physiotherapist
Lyman Ward
as Emergency-Room Doctor


John Badham
Ray Cooney
Brian Clark
Screen Story
Brian Clark
Play Author
Brian Clark
Mario Tosi
Gene Callahan
Production Designer
Marianna Elliott
Costume Designer
Marge Champion