The Carey Treatment
|The Carey Treatment|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Blake Edwards|
|Produced by||William Belasco|
|Written by||Jeffery Hudson
James P. Bonner
|Music by||Roy Budd|
|Running time||101 minutes|
The Carey Treatment is a 1972 film by Blake Edwards based on the novel A Case of Need credited to Jeffery Hudson, a pseudonym for Michael Crichton. Like Darling Lili and Wild Rovers before this, The Carey Treatment was heavily edited without help from Edwards by the studio into a running time of one hour and 41 minutes; these edits were later satirized in his 1981 comedy S.O.B..
Dr. Peter Carey (James Coburn) is a pathologist who moves to Boston, where he starts working in a hospital. He soon meets Georgia Hightower (Jennifer O'Neill), with whom he falls in love. Evelyn Randall, daughter of the hospital's Chief Doctor, becomes pregnant and is brought to the emergency department after an illegal abortion. She dies there, and Dr. David Tao (James Hong), a brilliant surgeon and friend of Carey, is arrested and accused of being responsible for the illegal abortion. Carey does not believe his friend to be guilty and starts investigating on his own, despite strong opposition by the police and the doctors around the hospital's chief.
- James Coburn as Dr. Peter Carey
- Jennifer O'Neill as Georgia Hightower
- Pat Hingle as Capt. Pearson
- Skye Aubrey as Nurse Angela Holder
The Carey Treatment received mostly mediocre to negative reviews. Roger Ebert wrote, "The problem is in the script. There are long, sterile patches of dialog during which nothing at all is communicated. These are no doubt important in order to convey the essential meaninglessness of life, but how can a director make them interesting? Edwards tries." Vincent Canby of The New York Times was amused by the film but wrote, "...I don't think we have to take this too seriously, for 'The Carey Treatment,' like so many respectable private-eye movies, is sustained almost entirely by irrelevancies."
- 1973: Nominated, "Best Motion Picture"
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