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Release Date: March 19th, 1997

DVD Release Date: June 29th, 1999

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 20 min

Plot Summary
When actor and monologist Spalding Gray discovers that he has developed an eye ailment, he finds out that the condition can be corrected by a surgical procedure. Intent on avoiding surgery and time in a hospital at all costs, Gray sets out on a quest to find treatment via alternative medicine, which leads him to odd potential changes in his diet, psychic surgeons and sweat lodges. Gray's search for healing also brings him back to his upbringing as a Christian Scientist.

Cast: Spalding Gray

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Genres: Comedy drama

Keywords: Witty, Amusing, Doctor, 1990s, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Here, Soderbergh's visual additions -- gimmicky lighting, surreal backdrops, all cued to the monologue's changing rhythms -- are more distracting than enhancing. Or maybe not. In a way, the camera's empty gimmickry points to the same tendency in Gray's verbal canters -- diverting enough but, ultimately, isn't it just sleight-of-mouth? [18 April 1997, p.C5]

  • Rather than trusting in the verbal powers of this master storyteller, who requires only a desk to sit behind, Soderbergh subjects him to light-show effects, tilted camera angles and projected backdrops -- urban setting, forest, eyeball blowup. [1 August 1997, p.27]

  • What threatens to be 80 minutes of hypochondria turns into an inspired travelogue of nontraditional remedies. [13 June 1997, p.03]

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