GenreComedy, Drama ScreenplaySteven Schwartz CountryUnited States
Release dateOctober 31, 1997 (1997-10-31) WriterRichard Dooling (novel), Steven Schwartz (screenplay) CastJames Spader (Dr. Werner Ernst), Kyra Sedgwick (Felicia Potter), Helen Mirren (Stella), Albert Brooks (Dr. Butz), Anne Bancroft (Nun), Wallace Shawn (Furnaceman) Similar moviesSelf/less, Thank You for Smoking, Johanna, Mission: Impossible III, Straight Outta Compton, The Expendables 3
Medical resident Dr. Werner Ernst (James Spader) aspires to help sick people, but is constantly warned by his mentor, Dr. Butz (Albert Brooks), to treat only patients with good insurance coverage. Soon, Ernst must deal with two sisters, Felicia (Kyra Sedgwick) and Connie (Margo Martindale), who are arguing over the proper treatment for their ill father. Although he tries to remain uninvolved, Ernst finds himself attracted to Felicia, though he suspects both women are really after money.
Critical Care is a 1997 film directed by Sidney Lumet. The film is a satire about American medicine. The screenplay by Steven Schwartz is based on the novel by Richard Dooling and stars James Spader, Kyra Sedgwick, Anne Bancroft, Helen Mirren, Jeffrey Wright, and Albert Brooks. Rick Baker provided special makeup effects. The film is about a doctor who finds himself involved in a fight with two half sisters over the care of their ailing father.
Werner Ernst is a young hospital resident who becomes embroiled in a legal battle between two half-sisters who are fighting over the care of their comatose father. But are they really fighting over their father's care, or over his $10 million estate? Meanwhile, Werner must contend with his nutty supervisor, who insists that he only care for patients with full insurance. Can Werner sidestep the hospital's legal team and do what's best for the patient?
James Spader... Dr. Werner Ernst
Kyra Sedgwick... Felicia Potter
Helen Mirren... Stella
Anne Bancroft... Nun
Albert Brooks... Dr. Butz
Jeffrey Wright... Bed Two
Margo Martindale... Constance Connie Potter
Wallace Shawn... Furnaceman
Philip Bosco... Dr. Hofstader
Edward Herrmann... Robert Payne
James Lally... Poindexter
Harvey Atkin... Judge Fatale
Al Waxman... Lawyer Sheldon Hatchett
Hamish McEwan... Dr. Hansen
Jackie Richardson... Mrs. Steckler
Barbara Eve Harris... Nurse Lucille
Conrad Coates... Dr. Miller
Bruno Dressler... Mr. Potter
Caroline Nielsen... Nurse Luscious
The Interns (1962). Mary Stevens - MD (1933). Article 99 (1992). Men in White (1934). Margo Martindale appears in Critical Care and First Do No Harm.
Writer Steven Schwartz was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best screenplay.