Creator (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ivan Passer
Produced by Stephen J. Friedman
Written by Jeremy Leven
Starring Peter O'Toole
Mariel Hemingway
Vincent Spano
Virginia Madsen
Music by Sylvester Levay
Cinematography Robbie Greenberg
Edited by Bill Phillips (supervising editor), Jimmy Ling, Hal Sanders (editors), Michael A. Warner (assistant editor)
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
September 20, 1985
Running time
107 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $5,349,607[1]

Creator is a 1985 film directed by Ivan Passer, starring Peter O'Toole, Vincent Spano, Mariel Hemingway, and Virginia Madsen. It is based on a book of the same title by Jeremy Leven.


Harry Wolper (O'Toole) is a Nobel Prize laureate in biology, obsessed by the possibility of cloning his late wife, Lucy. Helped by a student, Boris Lafkin (Spano), and an eccentric egg-donor, Meli (Hemingway), Harry finally succeeds in cloning a zygote. Meanwhile, Boris's girlfriend, Barbara (Madsen), suffers a cerebral vascular accident and slips into a coma. The doctors insist Barbara will never recover. In his grief, Boris discusses cloning Barbara with Harry but realizes she would not be the same woman. Boris continues to visit Barbara in the hospital. Harry realizes that he loves Meli and dumps the remaining cells in the sea, letting go of his late wife to be with Meli. Barbara makes a remarkable recovery and Meli announces she is pregnant.



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