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Favorite Pharmaceutical Films
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Director: Fernando Meirelles
Based on the novel by John le Carré
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Bill Nighy, Hubert Koundé, Donald Sumpter, Archie Panjabi and Gerard McSorley
British diplomat Justin Quayle meets impulsive activist Tessa, marries her quickly at her behest, and takes her on a diplomatic mission in Kenya.
When Tessa is brutally murdered, Justin decides to investigate her death against the strong wish of his superiors to let the matter quietly disappear. He discovers a powerful mystery involving the members of the British High Commission and the not-so-savory business practices of the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry. In the process of learning the secrets of his powerful enemies, Justin must learn all of his wife's many secrets as well.
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Starring: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Karin Konoval, Brian Cox, John Lithgow, Tom Felton and David Oyelowo
How did apes rise to challenge human dominance of the earth? Experimental drug ALZ-112, derived from a virus, shows promise as an Alzheimer’s treatment in apes but, in an unauthorized human test, initial improvement is followed by a return of the disease. A more potent version, ALZ-113, increases ape intelligence to human levels but proves fatal to humans. Humanity’s downfall is only a matter of time.
Side Effects (2013)
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones
A young woman's world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.
Love & Other Drugs (2010)
Director: Edward Zwick
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Judy Greer and Oliver Platt
A woman suffering from Parkinson's befriends a drug rep working for Pfizer against a 1990s Pittsburgh backdrop.
Charlie Bartlett (2008)
Director: Jon Poll
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis and Kat Dennings
A teenager begins to dispense therapeutic advice and prescription drugs to the student body at his new high school in order to become popular.
Director: Gus Van Sant
Based on the autobiographical novel by James Fogle
Starring: Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, James Le Gros, Heather Graham and William S. Burroughs
Bob Hughes and his crew of prescription drug addicts travel across the U.S. Pacific Northwest in 1971, supporting their habit by robbing pharmacies and hospitals. After a tragedy strikes the group, Bob decides to try to "go straight" but finds that there is more to extricating himself from the drug user's lifestyle than just giving up drugs.
The Fugitive (1993)
Director: Andrew Davis
Starring: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward and Julianne Moore
Dr. Richard Kimble’s research on experimental drug Provasic finds that it causes severe liver damage, a risk that would almost certainly block its path to FDA approval. His employers order a hit but Kimble’s wife is killed instead.
Kimble is wrongfully convicted of his wife's murder but he escapes. In his efforts to find the true killer he discovers that a friend, who led Provasic’s development, was the one trying to cover up his findings.
Happy Valley (2008)
Director: R.K. Williams
Starring: Danny Allen, McCall Petersen and R.K. Williams
Deep in the heart of Utah, commonly referred to as 'Happy Valley', residents enjoy one of the lowest crime rates, highest literacy and language fluency - even the most jello consumption - across the nation. Yet under the glossy exterior of this beautiful community, there are less popular categories that Happy Valley contends in but doesn't advertise, including prescription drug abuse, double the national average of anti-depressant drugs, even suicide. In Happy Valley at least one teen per week dies from drug overdose.
The real-life true story, 'Happy Valley' sheds light on the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in Utah County and, as importantly, the associated issues of denial, conformity, social pressure and guilt. The film intimately follows several lives and families that have been dramatically affected by prescription drug abuse leading to street drug abuse and addiction. From these stories and a single father's journey to reunite a family emerge unconditional love, forgiveness, acceptance... even transformation.
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