Dr. Bethune

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Dr. Bethune ★★★ Bethune, The Making of a Hero 1990

Canadian surgeon Norman Bethune was a larger-than-life hero with equally great flaws. A crusader for socialized medicine and an outspoken opponent of Fascism (as well as an alcoholic womanizer), he worked for the Loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War and was instrumental in developing mobile medical units for treating battlefield wounded. He's also credited with bringing modern medical care to China, where he attended to Mao's revolutionary forces. Sutherland's strong performance shows the intensity and vision of a complicated man; he previously played the doctor in 1977's “Bethune.” Awkward jumps in time and place rob the story of narrative drive. 115m/C VHS . CA FR Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren, Helen Shaver, Colm Feore, Anouk Aimee, Ronald Pickup, Harrison Liu; D: Phillip Borsos; W: Ted Allan; C: Raoul Coutard; M: Alan Reeves.