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|Directed by||Howard Deutch|
|Written by||Ron Cutler|
John C. McGinley
|Distributed by||Orion Pictures|
|Box office||$6,375,979 (US)|
Article 99 is a 1992 American dramedy film written by Ron Cutler and directed by Howard Deutch. It was produced by Orion Pictures and starred Kiefer Sutherland, Ray Liotta, Forest Whitaker, John C. McGinley, Rutanya Alda and Lea Thompson. The soundtrack was composed by Danny Elfman. The film's title supposedly refers to a legal loophole, which states that unless his illness/injury is related to military service, a veteran is not eligible for VA hospital benefits.
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When Dr. Peter Morgan (Sutherland) begins his medical internship at a Veteran's Administration hospital, he expects to breeze through on his way to a cushy practice. Instead, he's thrust into a bizarre bureaucratic maze where the health of patients is secondary to politics. And the temperature really rises when he teams up with some freewheeling physicians, led by Dr. Richard Sturgess (Liotta), who think they've learned how to break the rules-and save lives-without getting caught.
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The film was filmed in Kansas City, Missouri. Many downtown landmarks can be seen in the introduction to the movie and throughout, including the Liberty Memorial. The hospital that was used in the film was known as St. Mary's Hospital that sat across the street from Liberty Memorial in Kansas City. The former hospital is now[when?] gone and now a Federal Reserve Bank occupies the land where the hospital once sat.
Article 99 earned $2.46 million ($4.14 million in today's terms) in its opening weekend (March 13, 1992), screening in 1,262 theaters, and ranking it as the number 6 film of that weekend. It earned a total domestic gross of $6.38 million ($10.7 million in today's terms).
Article 99 has received mixed reviews, currently holding a 46% "rotten" rating on rotten tomatoes based on 13 reviews.
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- Article 99 at the Internet Movie Database
- Article 99 at Rotten Tomatoes
- Article 99 at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (US distributor)
- Movie Review: Article 99, Deseret Morning News, Mar. 13, 1992