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Plot, Details & Awards

Threshold

(1981)
106min.
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Plot & Details

Donald Sutherland plays a brilliant surgeon who becomes a media celebrity after performing an artificial-heart transplant. Jeff Goldblum, inventor of the ersatz heart, likewise basks in the glow of sudden fame. The only person to have reservations about the procedure is heart recipient Mare Winningham, who becomes depressed over the knowledge that she's not altogether human. Several ethical questions are raised and left unresolved; the film assumes that the audience is intelligent and perceptive enough to draw its own conclusions. Released in Canada in 1981, Threshold was not offered an American distribution until after the Barney Clark heart transplant of 1983.

Genie Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1983 Genie Awards Best Actor Doug Sutherland Won
1983 Genie Awards Best Art Direction Anne Pritchard Nominated
1983 Genie Awards Best Score Micky Erbe Nominated
1983 Genie Awards Best Actress - Foreign Mare Winningham Nominated
1983 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Sharon Lackie Nominated
1983 Genie Awards Best Score Maribeth Solomon Nominated
1983 Genie Awards Best Sound Bryan Day Nominated
1983 Genie Awards Best Actor - Foreign Jeff Goldblum Nominated
1983 Genie Awards Best Picture Nominated
1983 Genie Awards Best Cinematography Michel Brault Won
1983 Genie Awards Best Sound Jack Heeren Nominated
1983 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Tony Currie Nominated
1983 Genie Awards Best Editing Susan Martin Nominated
1983 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Bruce Nyznik Nominated
1983 Genie Awards Best Sound Al Ormerod Nominated
1983 Genie Awards Best Sound Paul Coombe Nominated

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