The English Surgeon (2009)

The English Surgeon
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 34mins.
Genres Foreign, Documentary
Keywords medical
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Gerard McCann Music Editor n/a 214 8000001
Kathy O'Shea Editor n/a 172 7000001
Anatoly Gagramanov Camera (Original Rank: 2nd Unit) 120798 6000002
Nick Cave Original Music n/a 120838 8000002
Warren Ellis Original Music n/a 120838 8000003
Shreepali Patel Second Unit Director n/a 412 25000002
Slava Feofilaktov Second Unit Director n/a 412 25000001
Darrell Briggs Sound Recordist n/a 331 14000001
Graham Day Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Rachel Wexler Co-Producer n/a 170 3000005
Geoffrey Smith Director n/a 2 2000001
Marian Dolishny Actor Himself 1 1000003
Igor Kurilets Actor Himself 1 1000002
Geoffrey Smith Producer n/a 3 3000001
Greg Sanderson Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Sally Jo Fifer Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Nick Fraser Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Dr. Henry Marsh Actor Himself 1 1000001
Synopsis
Henry is one of London's foremost brain surgeons, but despite being a pioneer in his field he stills rides an old pushbike to work and worries himself sick about the damage he can inflict on his patients. "When push comes to shove we can afford to lose an arm or a leg, but I am operating on people's thoughts and feelings and if something goes wrong I can destroy that person's character forever". Driven by the need to help others where he can, Henry has been going out to Kyiv for over 15 years to help improve upon the medieval brain surgery he witnessed there during his first visit in 1992. Today the patients see him as the great savior from the West, desperate parents want him to save their child, and his Ukrainian colleague Igor Kurilets sees him as a guru and a benefactor. But for all the direct satisfaction he gets from going, Henry also sees grossly misdiagnosed patients, children who he can't save, and a lack of equipment and trained supporting staff. "It's like selling your soul to the devil, but what can you do? My son had a brain tumor as a baby and I was desperate for someone to help me. I simply can't walk away from that need in others".
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