Something the Lord Made

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In Brief: It's easy to forget that HBO wasn't always known for its original programming, but that was certainly the case when Something the Lord Made debuted over a dozen years ago. At the time, the pay-cable outlet had seen some success with shows like The WireDeadwood  and The Sopranos, but the days of ratings domination with hits like Game of Thrones were still in the distant future. So when Something the Lord Made found its way onto screens, audiences and critics weren't prepared to arbitrarily accept a made-for-TV period medical drama just because it was from HBO. But the true story of a white surgeon (Alan Rickman) and the black custodian (Mos Def) who would help him revolutionize heart surgery found its footing, largely due to bravura performances from Rickman and Def. While the movie feels pretty slight by today's standards, its deft handling of institutional racism hit home at the time, and remains unfortunately relevant all these years later.
Genre: Drama
Director: Joseph Sargent
Starring: Alan Rickman, Mos Def Mary Blalock - Kyra Sedgwick, Gabrielle Union, Charles S. Dutton, Mary Stuart Masterson
Rated: NR

The Hendersonville Film Society will show Something the Lord Made on Sunday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.


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