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Coma is a 1978 medical thriller film directed by , based on the novel of the same name by Robin Cook. The film follows a young doctor named Susan Wheeler who becomes suspicious of the unusually high number of comatose patients at her hospital. As she investigates further, she uncovers a sinister conspiracy involving organ harvesting and medical experimentation.


Coma is a tense and suspenseful thriller that delves into the dark side of the medical industry. The film features strong performances from its cast, particularly from as Susan and as her love interest and fellow doctor, Mark.

The film's direction by is deft, with his ability to build tension and suspense through tight pacing and a claustrophobic atmosphere. The film's score and cinematography also add to its eerie and unsettling tone.

Coma is a gripping and thought-provoking thriller that raises important questions about medical ethics and the abuse of power.


Coma was not nominated for any major awards, but it did receive two nominations at the 1979 Edgar Awards:

Popularity and Success:

Coma was a commercial success upon its release, grossing over $41 million worldwide on a budget of $4 million. The film was also well-received by audiences and critics alike, with many praising its gripping storyline and suspenseful atmosphere.

Coma has since become a cult classic and is regarded as one of the best medical thrillers of all time. It remains a highly regarded film in the thriller genre and a testament to 's skill as a filmmaker.

Directed by
Produced by Martin Erlichman
Screenplay by
Based on Coma
by Robin Cook
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography Victor J. Kemper
Edited by David Bretherton
Color process Metrocolor
Distributed by United Artists
Release date January 6, 1978
Running time 113 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $4 million
Box office $50 million

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