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Coma (1978 film) Quotes

Coma (1978 film) is a television show that first aired in 1970 . Coma completed its run in 1970.

It features Martin Erlichman as producer, Jerry Goldsmith in charge of musical score, and Victor J. Kemper as head of cinematography.

Coma (1978 film) is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of Coma (1978 film) is 113 minutes long. Coma (1978 film) is distributed by United Artists.

The cast includes: Geneviève Bujold as Dr. Susan Wheeler, Richard Doyle as Jim, and Elizabeth Ashley as Nurse.

Coma (1978 film) Quotes

Geneviève Bujold as Dr. Susan Wheeler

  • (Dr. George A. Harris) "Our society faces momentous decisions. Decisions about the right to die. About abortion. About terminal illness, prolonged coma, transplantation. Decisions about life and death. But society isn't deciding. Congress isn't deciding. The courts aren't deciding. Religion isn't deciding. Why? Because society is leaving it up to us, the experts. The doctors."
  • (Geneviève Bujold) "You're crazy."
  • (Dr. George A. Harris) "Americans spend $125 billion a year on health. More than defense. Because Americans believe in medical care. These great hospital complexes are the cathedrals of our age. Billions of dollars, thousands of beds. A whole nation of sick people turning to us for help."
  • (Geneviève Bujold) "You, you ought to see somebody."
  • (Dr. George A. Harris) "They're children, Sue. They trust us. We can't tell them everything. Our job is to make things easier for them. I'm sure you agree."
  • (Geneviève Bujold) "You're killing people."
  • (Dr. George A. Harris) "We must always take the long view. Not of the individual, but of society as a whole. Because medicine is now a great social force. The individual is too small."
  • (Geneviève Bujold) "You did it."
  • (Dr. George A. Harris) "No decision is easy, Sue. It only looks that way when you're young. When you're older, everything is complicated. There is no black and white, only gray."
  • (Geneviève Bujold) "Jim, I know it sounds silly but, supposing you wanted to put people into a coma, what would you do?"
  • (Richard Doyle) "You mean on purpose?"
  • (Pathology Resident #2) "Diethyl para-amino tannadol."
  • (Richard Doyle) "No, no, leaves a serum trace."
  • (Pathology Resident #2) "Yeah, if you know to look for it."
  • (Richard Doyle) "But it also peaks alk phos. That's a real giveaway. Besides, who can get tannadol?"
  • (Pathology Resident #2) "Well, then you can use paradine."
  • (Richard Doyle) "No, it has a taste. We'd all make great murderers. I mean, who knows better about murder than a pathologist?"
  • (Pathology Resident #2) "It sure keeps my wife in line."

Richard Doyle as Jim

  • (Richard Doyle) "First rule of crime: Keep It Simple. What's simple? Carbon Monoxide."
  • (Pathology Resident #2) "Boring."
  • (Geneviève Bujold) "Carbon Monoxide?"
  • (Richard Doyle) "Sure, it's perfect. Anesthetist feeds the patient some carbon monoxide instead of oxygen. It's colorless and makes the blood very red so the surgeon doesn't notice anything funny. But the brain dies from lack of oxygen. End of operation; the patient doesn't wake up."
  • (Geneviève Bujold) "No other effects?"
  • (Pathology Resident #2) "Sure, other effects. Cardiac irritability."
  • (Richard Doyle) "Which this case had."
  • (Pathology Resident #2) "You know, it'd be much better to block the neuro-muscular junction with succinylcholine. Now that's a nice murder."
  • (Richard Doyle) "Yeah, who's gonna do it?"
  • (Pathology Resident #2) "Well, who's gonna feed you carbon monoxide?"
  • (Richard Doyle) "That's the problem. Been about a dozen of these coma cases here in the last year. They're always different. Different case, different anesthetist, different operation. Hard to imagine it's murder."

Elizabeth Ashley as Nurse

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