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Studio: Buena Vista Home Video Release Date: 07/01/2003 Run time: 105 minutes Rating: Pg13
Director John McTiernan (Die Hard) does an underwhelming job with this potentially interesting story of a research scientist (Sean Connery) who discovers a cure for cancer in the Brazilian rain forest, but then can't retrace his steps in creating the potion. Added pressure on his work is coming from developers burning down the forest, while an American bureaucrat (Lorraine Bracco), who holds the purse strings on the grant, has arrived to give him a bad time. The crucial chemistry between the stars just isn't there (Bracco can be hard to take at times), and, despite the added exotica of local witch doctors and seeing Connery swing through the trees, the elements just don't come together in this well-meaning but disappointing movie. --Tom Keogh
- Medicine Man
Wonderfully unique performance by Connery. The story is adventurous, well-presented and a definite BONUS is the photography contents and the MUSIC! ...more info
- For fans of Connery
Medicine Man is not as strong as it could have been, particularly because Lorraine Bracco's performance was too loud; she screams and yells and rants and complains a lot. What the movie does have going for it is its lush environs, and Sean Connery swaggering around with a pony tail. He's a compelling screen presence, and he can take the most awkward moments in the plot and make them absorbing. The movie is saved by the fact that he's onscreen for so much of it, giving a great performance as the eccentric, acerbic, and secretly tortured researcher....more info
- I LOVE this movie!
I do absolutly LOVE this movie. The cast is great, the scenery is great, and the story is great. Most of all, Sean Connery is great. I first saw this movie when I was in High School and I have seen it at least 200 times since. This movie started my (so far) 10 year long obsession with Sean Conery. And I am not usually the type of person who watches a movie over and over. I just LOVE this movie....more info
- Interesting Movie
The movie, Medicine Man, revolves around a scientist named Dr. Robert Campbell and his research assistant Dr. Pat Crane. Crane travels to the Amazon rain forest to be Campbell's requested assistant, but she surprises Campbell because he did not expect a woman and thus treated her in a condescending manner. After a while, he begins to get accustomed to her, and they both work on his search to find a cure for cancer. Campbell tells Crane that his first experimental serum, made from the flowers of the juju plant, was able to successfully cure the cancerous lumps in an Indian woman's neck and made him the medicine man. But when he tried to recreate the serum using the same ingredients, it did not work again. Campbell and Crane continue his research, and they begin the cure race when the previous Indian woman's son develops cancerous lumps in his neck too. They try to find the original medicine man in order to question him about his knowledge of the juju plant, but they abandon their plan after their encounter with an Indian from a different region. One day, Crane is testing more samples of the flower when Campbell discovers that specific ants from the rain forest actually are the key ingredients to making the serum work. He and Crane quickly run to their usual location to gather more ants, but they encounter the road construction workers who beat up Campbell for trying to stop their construction work. The workers make a fire which burns out of control and spreads to destroy the entire region of the rain forest. The movie ends with Crane and Campbell following the Indians to their new settlement by the river to continue their search for the crucial ants.
I thought that this movie was okay, but not great because I did not like the way Lorraine Bracco chose to play Dr. Pat Crane. Crane is supposed to be a very accomplished and experienced scientist, but she is always yelling and gets easily upset. There are times when she is silently touched by Campbell's interactions with the native children and his sketches, but these scenes do not last very long and soon, she begins to get upset again. However, I really enjoyed Sean Connery's performance and portrayal of a soft-hearted man with more bark than bite. The scenery is also very beautiful and gave me a very clear picture of how precious the rain forests really are.
This movie also provides many examples of the concepts we have learned in Biology so far. One of the most obvious examples is based on ecology and the fact that rain forests have rich ecosystems with a diverse population of plants and animals. Campbell and Crane are in the Amazon rain forest in search of a cure for cancer because rain forest plants have been known to provide many important medicines for diseases like leukemia and Hodgkin's disease (made from rosy periwinkles). In one scene, Crane gets a headache and Campbell hands her a medicine drink made from a tree bark, and this is the same as in real life because aspirin was originally extracted from willow bark. Campbell also refers to the rain forest canopy, and this related to our studies because out textbook states that rain forests have "stories" and the top layer is the canopy. When Crane is making hypotheses about the source of the p-37 acid in the original cure serum, she includes fungus as one of her choices. We also learned that fungus is important for medical purposes, and the textbook says that the drug cyclosporine, which prevents transplanted organ rejection, was found in soil fungus.
Campbell mentions to Crane near the beginning of their cooperative research that the juju plant flower is only found 100 feet up in the canopy tops of the rain forest trees. He says that they are unable to grow anywhere else in the forest and that it is probably due to the fact that the tree tops meet the specific growing requirements of the flowering plant. This is related to what we learned about how some organisms depend on others for growth and survival. Campbell also says that the natives asked him to pray for more rain and that each year there is a decrease in rain because of the decrease in amount of rain forest land. In the plant unit, we learned that plants lose the majority of their absorbed water from their leaves and into the atmosphere. From there, the water condenses into clouds, and more clouds make more rain, and this explains why less rain forest means less rainfall. Deforestation and habitat loss are also evident in the movie with the construction workers burning down large areas of the forest to build the main road. The forest is quickly reduced to burnt stumps, and many habitats for the unique plants and animals like the ants are lost. As a result, the researchers need to look for the ants elsewhere.
In another scene, Campbell performs a checkup on Crane to make sure that she is not carrying any diseases that could possibly spread and kill the native Indians. He reveals that the common cold can wipe out the Indians and tells the story of how the swine flu killed an entire population in a different region because a white foreigner went to the rain forest to make a profit off the natural resources. This relates to our virus unit where we learned that populations never exposed to certain sicknesses have no immunity to them and therefore are at risk of dying out. Campbell states that no precautions are ever enough because viruses are so small and can easily travel through the air.
This dvd was one I have wanted for a long time.
I have it in vhs and have almost worn it out.
If you like a good mystery wound around a romance with a dash of drama,this is a must see/own movie.
The scenery is great,the plot fabulous and the acting superb.
- Maligned Minor Masterpiece
The critics really blew it on this one. (Leonard Maltin must have been having a really bad day.) Some of the reviews are absolutely bewildering - as if they saw some other movie.
"Medicine Man" is the rare action/adventure film with something more than car chases and shootouts on its mind, a passionate parable of the rampant destruction of the rainforest and the miracles of nature now threatened by "progress".
Sean Connery gives one of the best, most nuanced performances of his career, almost certainly the definitive "mature" Connery role, and Lorraine Bracco is a perfect foil as the sharp-tongued but endearing "Dr. Bronx" - their conflict thoroughly understandable and its resolution none too easy.
The breathtaking beauty of the rainforest and the haunting images of the native tribes driven from their homes (or decimated by the white man's diseases) are punctuated by thrilling aerial sequences high above in the jungle canopy - "the top shelf in the pharmacological superstore".
Forget the critics. This is an almost perfectly realized film, one that just gets better with each viewing, one that stays with you long after it's over.
For Connery fans, I also recommend one of his early (and nearly forgotten) films, "The Hill"....more info
- Medicine Man
"Medicine Man" is, in my personal opinion, an entertaining, funny movie with a real life message about conserving our natural resources. This movie focuses on plants and animals and all of their posibiities for unknown uses, including medical cures that undiscovered and non-studied plants and animals possess. As an example, just recently the venom of the Gila Monster, Heloderma suspectum, has been found to be of great use in treating Type One adult diabetes and possibly some cancers. We as a race, are just scratching the surface of what these remarkable flora and fauna have to offer the human race and this movie depicts the same and the risks of the loss of it all, due to greed and ignorance. K. McCloud...more info
- great Connery movie
I love this movie and Lorraine Brocco and Sean Connery are a good team for this movie...more info
- A woman among the witchdoctors and the wizards.
This film is not spectacular. But it is one of the first important films on the deep value of the Amazon's rain forest. A doctor discovers there a plant from which he extracts a miraculous element that cures nearly everything. Then he tries to start again and produce more of the drug, following his notes. And he fails. He never matches the first batch. He asks for an assistant, and the film makes it funny by sending a young woman. She re-does everything and she prepares new concoctions. And suddenly it works. Why ? Because, running out of sterile sugar she uses the one that is on the breakfast table. And in this sugar there are ants. The famous peak 37 that gives its potency to the drug comes from the secretions of the ants in the sugar. What cures man is an animal element. Then the suspense of the film comes from the coming of a road, of the road builders who are pushing the Indians, the forest and their secrets away. Today we are more advanced in the denunciation of this scandalous destruction of the rain forest, just as much as we are more advanced in the destruction of the rain forest itself. But the film is kind of quaint, ? precious ? as is the last word of the film itself. Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, Paris Universities II and IX....more info
- Wonderful movie...Please replicate in DVD format
Sensitive and humorous...Spectacular rain forest scenery...more info
- A very original story well told
Medicine man could almost be made as a play as the vast majority of the time is taken up by dialogue between Connery and Bracco. Connery's character has found a cure for cancer, but cannot tell which of the various specimens he has been testing is the right one. There is rather a lot of moralising about the destruction of the rain forest, and whilst admirable sentiments are being expressed, we only need to be told once. The human story is more interesting than the ostensible plot, with Connery being driven by guilt over various events in his life which will become apparent over the course of the film. There is the rather predictable love affair between Connery and his 25 years younger co-star, but thankfully not much time is taken up with this. The jungle settings are well-filmed and shown off to their best advantage, while the native peoples are treated with respect, without being patronising. Despite my reservations, Connery's charisma overcomes all of this to make an interesting, entertaining film....more info
- Medicine Man
This is a great movie, showing that Sean Connery is a great all-around actor. More than a "James Bond"! The story line is intriging, and it appears to have been filmed on site, using natives, etc. The rain forest issue is very true. One of many movies I enjoy watching over and over!...more info
- Good Connery film
A well written story line with an all too accurate ending which left me feeling quite sad. Connery is excellent in his role and the dialogue is very good. The scenery is breathtaking......more info
- Every civilization needs a medicine man
Dr. Campbell (Sean Connery), a biochemist who has been doing extensive medical research for years in the lush rainforests of the Amazon, has found what just might be a MAJOR medical breakthrough. But that's not to say that he wouldn't enjoy just a little bit of help. Dr. Crane (Lorraine Bracco), a fellow biochemist comes to the aid of Dr. Campbell to help him as much as she can.
Will Dr. Campbell and Dr. Crane be able to find this miracle cure that could be just over the horizon? Will they be able to set aside their differences and actually be able to get along one of these days? These are the major questions that watching "Medicine Man" will answer for all the viewers who watch this great movie.
"Medicine Man" is one of those movies that doesn't need a bit of special effects to make it an unforgettable movie. It's a film that is real compelling and interesting to watch from start to finish without ever getting boring. With Sean Connery as the lead character, you know there will be great acting included.
If you're a fan of great movies, I definitely recommend to not miss out on your chance to watch and even own "Medicine Man."...more info
I wouldn't even watch this movie again if it was on tv...don't buy it...more info
- Loved it
This is the greatest movie of all times. I wanted this copy because my old one got damaged. I love it and am glad I found it here....more info
- Great Movie to watch when bored to death~
Wow who knew I was going to thank my science teacher for this?! Yes indeed, it was for extra credit and my science teacher told us to rent this, while getting permission from our parents since it was rated PG-13, and watch it and afterwards, write a quick summary. And so what the heck, why not try it out, he DID say it was Good, but can you take his word? I watched it on a Saturday when i was bored to heck, I can't believe what i'll be missing if i didn't watch it. Sean Connery's act was very awesome, very unbelieveable. It's the best movie for someone to watch when bored. It's not the most exciting but it's funny and I loved when these two are always playing around and jumping from tree to tree! Through all the hard times, it's hard to imagine how these two actor and actress can get along with each other to solve the cure of this cancer. If you like action and hilarious movies, this may be good for you. Of course, i'm pretty thrilled and shock to know I actually took my science teachers word and if i didn't...Whoa I would be missing all the fun!...more info
- Medicine Man
Love the movie. Have it on VHS and wanted it on DVD. Delivery was prompt. If you want a movie this is the place to go....more info
sean connery is great no matter what kind of role he plays. this movie was exciting and very funny....more info
- Medicine Man
Excellent characters, intelligent story, very well done. I highly recommend it....more info
Loved the scenery in this movie. Of course Sean Connery is wonderful in anything he stars in. Lorraine Bracco was too dramatic for my tastes. I think she overdoes her acting sometimes. ...more info
- Medicine Man
Love this movie! I am an instructor for pharmacy technicians and I use this movie in my lesson plan. We enjoy it, they learn!...more info
- Physon's Review
It wasn't bad. Good but a lot of bad parts. But the rest was good....more info
- One of my favorite films
Walking into the theatre not really having much of a clue as to what the movie was about, I walked out suprised and delighted. Sean Connery had an exceptional performance. The entire movie was a delight...more info
- A very original story well told
Medicine man could almost be made as a play as the vast majority of the time is taken up by dialogue between Connery and Bracco. Connery's character has found a cure for cancer, but cannot tell which of the various specimens he has been testing is the right one. There is rather a lot of moralising about the destruction of the rain forest, and whilst admirable sentiments are being expressed, we only need to be told once. The human story is more interesting than the ostensible plot, with Connery being driven by guilt over various events in his life which will become apparent over the cou1se of the film. There is the rather predictable love affair between Connery and his 25 years younger co-star, but thankfully not much time is taken up with this. The jungle settings are well-filmed and shown off to their best advantage, while the native peoples are treated with respect, without being patronising. Despite my reservations, Connery's charisma overcomes all of this to make an interesting, entertaining film....more info
- What a great Adventure!!!
This movie is a favourite of the WISE Writers and Readers, beings that we are big Sean Connery fans!!... makes this movie work is the chemistry between the two leads. Lorraine Brocco absolutely is stunning!! She is a great comedic talent, a delight to watch as she matches wits with the ageless (only keeps getting better) Connery. The charm of their relationship, the incisive banter, the stunning location work, delivers one engaging movie.
They work in the question of the destruction of the rain forrest, and the real cost to man kind; the loss of moisture for rainfal, the loss of special one of a kind plants that could hold the cure for many modern diseases. I know many critics tried to put it down for offering no real solutions to this problem. Get real. This is a movie, it is meant to entertain. If it makes us think and wonder, then it has done it job. Solutions are up to the real world, not some fictional work. If someone could offer solutions to the problem in two hours - they would be a very rich man. I detest easy 'potshots' such as that.
The leads are charming, the natives in the film are wonderful, the scenery gorgeous ( Connery, Bracco AND the jungle!!), the writing is sheer perfection.
What more could you want??? From the moment Bracco arrives to find Connery in a bird costume and she introduces herself as Crane and he drunkenly replies, "No, Tucan.", you know you are in for a delightful time.
Also, notice the inside joke about the snake's name!!
DVD only enhances the experience of this utterly charming movie....more info
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Great movie...very true to life....been there done that...gives on somethng to think about...almost all of our newe medicine come this way...oiur medicine men are only different that the theirs in there dress and equipment.........james...more info
- Mediocre Man
...It took a provocative idea and turned it into a silly action movie instead of a thoughful drama. Connery is fine as always, but Bracco grates...There's even a preachy save the environment message thrown in at the end......more info
- Better Than Bond
This is one non-James Bond that should be in the DVD library of a family's home. Great to watch over and over. Sean Connery gets better with age. It is the first movie that the leading lady looks good with a tattoo. Just the perfect touch to compliment Lorraine Bracco....more info
- Medicine man
This is an excellent movie with a heart wrenching ending. I truly appreciate its plot as I am studying herbal medicine for a second career as a holistic wellness consultant....more info
- A dream of Discvery
Much of the story required a considerable suspension of disbelief but was entertaining. I believe it was modeled on a real person who searched for anti-fungal drugs and who worked alone. An official of her supposed rank would never been sent into such a setting. The drug company would send a flunky who would just shut the operation down. The photography and costuming was excellentand both leads were credible, considering the constraints of the scripts....more info
- Greatest Film Ever!!
Two major stars at their best! This is a remarkable film. The photography is stunning. Don't miss this one!...more info
- Ponytail In Need of a Pony
Unlike a number of Sean Connery rarities now available round the world, this one is more than watchable and should have been better that it has turned out. Something which could be said of a number of projects Connery has tried to save, even "Never Say Never Again". It was, after all, directed by John McTiernan off the back of "Die Hard" and it does have a healthy patina of high production values about it. The concept is typical of Connery choices : something interesting - a cure for cancer in remote jungles being decimated before research can find salvarion - that nobody else had wanted to tackle and which offered originality in a copycat industry. The hair style is Connery's best choice till "Red October", the scenery (especially swinging in full control through jungle canopies), the support of a well-pre-Sopranos Braco, the contributions of native actors, untapped ideas and locations : this one is worth a look or a re-assessment. It didn't quite make it, but is often better than many in that field....more info
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Yum! How can you go wrong with Sean Connerly? Absolutely splendid movie, scenery and bantering back and forth between Dr. Campbell and Dr. Rae Crane.
Highly recommended for an enjoyable time!...more info
- Super movie!!
All of the reviews speak glowingly of the movie but leave out one really important point. The music, by Jerry Goldsmith, is absolutely fabulous. Until this movie I was never aware that he also wrote the music for Patton, Rudy and many other movies. The scenery is gorgous, the give and take between Bracco and Connery is funny. Just a great flick....more info
- Only available in region 1
Having just seen this movie on Dutch television I hoped to get it, but it seems only to be available in region 1. A pity because it's a wonderful movie. Scientifically it may be a little simplistic (finding a cure for cancer in a wooden hut) but the important points are well made and convincingly integrated into the story line. I wonder if the "official" reviewers were watching the same movie!...more info
- Great promise, greater disappointment.
Medicine Man is seriously flawed. Some of the photography is very appealing, but the writing is amateurish with a silly plot and ignorant repartee. Even worse was the casting. Connery is a believable male lead, and anything that makes the movie passable is to his credit, but why was Lorraine Bracco cast opposite Connery? There is zero chemistry between the two, and she is just completely inappropriate for the role. Acting is more than yelling and screaming and exhibiting obnoxious behavior. It was a struggle to actually finish watching it.
There is yet to be made a quality movie on this subject....more info
- Interesting and fun
Despite the mediocre review given it by Amazon reviewer Tom Keogh, I thought this movie was actually pretty good. It has an interesting premise.
Connery plays an eccentric medical scientist looking for a miracle cure in the Brazilian rainforest, and I can't think of a better person for the part. Despite what Keogh said about the lack of chemistry between Bracco and Connery, I thought it worked out reasonably well, and there are some funny and touching scenes in the movie, such as the duel between Connery and the local witch doctor, who is angry with Connery for upstaging him with his modern, western medical skills. Connery has to fight the doctor, but knows he needs to let the witch doctor win to save face, and also so the witch doctor will show Connery how to obtain the cure which he had once and has lost.
All in all, a pretty good movie, considering it's probably one of Connery's least well-known flicks....more info
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This movie is one of the best and down to earth movies i've ever seen The movie reminds us that if we keep destroying the earth we will destroy all hope of a cure to the things that ail us. Sean Connery was exalent....more info
- Connery with charisma, charm and a story too boot, but
Bracco is just over the top, pathetic. honestly. Ok so she's from the Bronx, yeah we are told that countless times. I dont know enough about her, to know if she talks like that all the time, but she seemed scripted, overacted and reading lines from a first year at film school. This isnt a Tide Commercial. Her reactions to rather life threatening situations were trite, her facial expressions were monotone, her style was unwitty and uncharming, unlike Connery, who was just splashing the screen with depth and morality and professionalism. Bracco defines her character as a tough broad with a doctorate that perhaps shined a little too much through. Personally take her out of the whole movie and it would have been a brilliant little film. Reminds me somewhat of the sleeper, 'Beyond Rangoon', and if I am not mistaken, at least to the date of this review, is still not available on DVD.
I didn't think the tough broad inner city attitude worked in this pairing. The mild, yet canny love triangle they find themselves in, was tired and paltry. It didn't work, no one wanted it to work and I don't care even if it did work.
While some of the scenes were perfectly breathtaking, the film as a whole, especially with John M at the helm, could have been stunning. I am sorry to see such talent as Connery has, be placed side by side with trivial, adolescent acting ability....more info
- Sean Connery at his finest.
This is a well done film as it is both entertaining and informative. Connery is as always the consummate actor. Ms .Bracco is superb in her role. It is a top notch film and should be seen by all. I now wonder what wonders of science are being destroyed every day in that rain forest. You can not believe what the scenery looks like and how we are destroying so rapidly.
- This movie is well worth 2 hours of your life.
I could watch this movie everyday for the rest of my life and still be drawn in by it. Not only is there the Sean Connery factor, but the scenic shots are amazing. It shows the beauty of the rainforest, and how easily that beauty can be destroyed. Connery and Bracco are excellent. They get the point across and still keep it all believable. The story line is great, it shows just how simple things can be if we allow them....more info
- Touching Movie
I always liked this movie when I was younger and now that I am older nd sudiy Biology I loe this movie even more and I understand the idea behind better. ...more info
- Physon's Review
It wasn't bad. Good but a lot of bad parts. But the rest was good....more info
- Good Movie for Sean Connery fans
yes, originally I bought this VHS tape because of Sean Connery. But it's also a good look at the Rain Forest and it's exploitation. Great plot, great acting and the natives are wonderfully entertaining and wise in their ways. The scenery is amazing!
A bit about the plot...Lorraine Bracco is a scientist sent to check up on Sean Connery who has been working there for years but they haven't heard of any progress, but has requested more equipment. But Lorraine was not his first request for an assistant. Little by little Connery and the natives win her over as they work on a promising cure for cancer.
I'm ordering this DVD as we will be moving to Belize in the next few years and will have some rain forest for ourselves. This movie will be just the teaser to keep us going.
- Eye opening
This is a very eye opening movie, even if you don't consider yourself an environmentalist. What if you had the cure for cancer, but it was about to be destroyed at the hands of developers? We burn so much of the rainforest, despite the numerous discoveries scientists have made, that the reality of this story is tragic. This movie brings these things to light without being preachy. Very well done!
Chrissy K. McVay - Author...more info
- A movie with a message, that still manages to be highly entertaining!
Being an avid Connery fan, I had to watch this movie in the theater when it came out. I admit I was sceptical about Connery playing the role of a researcher in the amazon rainforest, but I was willing to give my favorite Bond actor the benefit of the doubt. I entered the theater expecting a preachy, or overly technical, story line, but was overwhealmed by the humanity, comedy, and truly marvelous character development this movie provided. Without giving away plot details, I'll simply say this movie is filled with beautiful scenes, and wonderful characters for whom you actually care. All things considered, this movie was well written, wonderfully acted, and beautifully directed. I highly recommend it. There are elements of native nudity, which may offend some, but I would still claim this to be a great family movie!...more info
- Top-Notch entertainment with a message!! DVD please!!
A very realistic premise. Connery gives a marvelous performance but the scenery is an unmatched experience that makes the movie....more info
- Great Tree Hugger Flick!
If you are into anthropology or the environment, then you will definitely love this flick. It's hard to describe the movie without giving away the story, but it has a very interesting twist ending. I must admit that it could be taken as a bit of a propaganda movie for environmentalists...but for me, that just adds to its charm.
The casting, acting, and staging are all very well done. The movie is from 1992 but brings up an issue that is very pertinent in today's world.
As with many older movies that have been switched over to DVD, the special features can be considered weak/non-existent....more info
- Beware of Corporate America
007 NOT, but an older and very sexy Sean Connery definitely. One of my all time favorite mature actors now that he is out of the 007 genre, this is probably one of his least know movies but a real gem. Powerful story line that really makes you think about what we are doing to our planet and all the living things around us in the guise of 21st century man and his developments along with the absolute greed and destruction inflicted on the world by corporate america and corporate world.
The premise of a mysterious hidden cure for cancer in the depths of the Amazon jungle is not all that far fetched when you research what has been found there to date and the fact we are quickly destorying one of nature's real treasures on our planet that affects every living being. If you want mindless fluff I'd suggest another movie, but if you want something that makes you think seriously about our current world with good acting and scenery I'd check this movie out....more info
- Overwhelming Scenery, especially on big screens!
a wonderful movie, every time we watch it, the scenery of the rain forest is breathtaking, the dialogues funny, the topic serious. A rare piece of a film. Maybe because the topic of burning down our forests is not very profitable for the economic world......more info
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