Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981) - Rotten Tomatoes

Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)




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In this film, Richard Dreyfuss stars as a profoundly handicapped sculptor. Left a quadriplegic after an auto accident, the embittered Dreyfuss feels utterly useless, as both an artist and a human being. Dreyfuss simply wants to die -- but this is impossible, given the legal state of things in the 1970s.

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Richard Dreyfuss
as Ken Harrison
John Cassavetes
as Dr. Michael Emerson
Christine Lahti
as Dr. Clare Scott
Bob Balaban
as Carter Hill
Kenneth McMillan
as Judge Wyler
Kaki Hunter
as Mary Jo
Thomas Carter
as Orderly John
Alba Oms
as Nurse Rodriguez
Kathryn Grody
as Mrs. Boyle
George Wyner
as Dr. Jacobs
Mel Stewart
as Dr. Barr
Ward Costello
as Mr. Eden
Alston Ahern
as Day Nurse
Betty Cole
as ICU Nurse
Lyman Ward
as Emergency Room Doctor
Alan Stock
as 3rd-Year Student
Jeffrey Combs
as 1st-Year Intern
Wabei Siyolwe
as Court Clerk
John Garber
as Physiotherapist
Katie Guymon
as Anesthesiologist
Fred Slyter
as Court Clerk
Tony Simotes
as Orthodpedic Surgeon
Sebastian DeFrancesco
as Basketball Player
Thomas Collette
as Basketball Player
Duane F. Johnson
as Basketball Player
Larry D. Callaghan
as Basketball Player
William E. Townsend
as Basketball Player
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Critic Reviews for Whose Life Is It Anyway?

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

[Whose Life Is It Anyway?] is an engrossing drama despite its grim subject.

July 24, 2019 | Full Review…

The inadequately and misleadingly titled Whose Life Is It Anyway? is a brilliant emotional exercise which ambitiously and heroically wrestles with the most emotional issue of all -- death.

April 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Who's Life is one of the year's best films, not to be missed.

May 26, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Dreyfuss never seems to get far enough into his character to make his anguish -- or his decision to fight -- real.

November 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Shallowness drowns the ambition of the project. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Talky, depressing, ranting.

October 15, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

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