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Intoxicating (2003)

Dorian Shanley, is a heart surgeon who abuses alcohol and drugs. Dorian trades stolen pharmaceuticals for cocaine , provided by his best friend and enabler, Teddy. While Dorian's life and ... See full summary »

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Mark David

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Mark David (story), Kirk Harris (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kirk Harris ... Dr. Dorian Shanley
John Savage ... William Shanley
Eric Roberts ... Teddy
Camilla Overbye Roos Camilla Overbye Roos ... Anna Michelzewski
Joanne Baron ... Dr. Eilene Preminger
D.W. Brown ... Dr. Micheal Tuuri
Ron Gilbert ... Officer John Connor
Allan Rich ... Micheal Reilly
Laurie Baranyay ... Megan Foster
Michael Dalmon Michael Dalmon ... Jerry
Christina Carson ... Nurse Amy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marie Black Marie Black ... Katie
Art Chudabala ... William Stanley's Doctor
Trevor Hale Trevor Hale ... Man in Bathroom
Susanna Harter ... Susan Walker
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Dorian Shanley, is a heart surgeon who abuses alcohol and drugs. Dorian trades stolen pharmaceuticals for cocaine , provided by his best friend and enabler, Teddy. While Dorian's life and career take a nosedive, Shanley numbs the pain of losing his father, William Shanley, to a form of Alzheimer's common in prizefighters. To further complicate circumstances, Dorian falls in love with his girlfriend's best friend from college, Anna. The film follows Shanley through a maze of pharmacies, clubs and binges and surgeries, into the heart of drug abuse. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Thriller

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16 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ethismos See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,480, 5 November 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$192,000, 31 July 2005
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1.85 : 1
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Soundtracks

Step 2 Me
Lyrics by Jaurez / Aahmon / Pazdemik
Music by Mark David (as David) / William Tabanou (as Tabanou) (NBS)
Published by DT Pinstripe (ASCAP)
Performed by NBS, Pdubb, Black, Natasha Paz, Techneic & Medusa
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22 May 2005 | by UncleBobMartinSee all my reviews

A self-centered, wholly contemptible heart surgeon does everything in his power to ruin his life and to hurt the two women who are self-destructive enough to believe they love him.

He is, of course, highly successful, and subsequently suffers enough to become a better person.

Unfortunately, by this time I had developed such an intense dislike for this cretin that the only ending that would have been satisfying to me would have been to see him choke to death on his own vomit. No such luck.

Somehow, he manages to suck down tons of drugs from an apparently uninventoried hospital dispensary, bring an OD case into the hospital without ever being questioned by hospital staff about his role in the incident, and even collapse in the middle of heart surgery, without immediate consequences. Whether any or all of these incidents has anything to do with his later suspension from said hospital is a mystery, they never pick any one reason for the suspension.

Even if this were a good movie, it would be damn near ruined by the too-loud and uninspired soundtrack, alternating with scenes where the barely-talented leads mumble their lines in an evocation of intimacy...if you turn it up at such junctures, prepare to be blasted by bad orchestrations with the next scene change.

I got sucked into watching this crud by the other reviewers here at IMDb. I have since checked their posting history, and none of them have much background - each of them wrote one to three reviews total, each was active as a "reviewer" for a single day. Don't get hyped!

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This review has been voted down as "not useful" by 18 of 27. If you look at my other reviews on IMDb, *nowhere else* will you see 27 people interested enough in my review to vote. I can only presume that this mob is the same hypesters at work who gave this execrable piece of dreck such glowing reviews.


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