The Heart Specialist

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The Heart Specialist
The Heart Specialist poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Dennis Cooper
Produced by
  • Dennis Cooper
  • Kristin Overn
Written by Dennis Cooper
Music by
  • Tree Adams
  • Christopher Faizi
Cinematography Yasu Tanida
Edited by Jonathan Schwartz
Distributed by Freestyle Releasing
Release date
  • September 13, 2006 (2006-09-13) (Boston)
  • January 14, 2011 (2011-01-14)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3 million
Box office $1.1 million

The Heart Specialist is a 2006 American romantic comedy-drama film written, produced and directed by Dennis Cooper, and starring Wood Harris, Zoe Saldana, Brian J. White and Mýa. Originally released under the title Ways of the Flesh,[1] the film premiered at the 2006 Boston Film Festival[2] and remained unreleased until 2011, when it was granted a limited theatrical release by Freestyle Releasing.


A modern comedy about the everyday perils of first year medical residents at a shabby south Florida hospital. Wood Harris is the Chief Resident, who teaches the trainees how to save lives and not take themselves too seriously, all the while hiding a chilling secret of his own.



The Heart Specialist ranked premiered nineteenth at the box office grossing $581,516 over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.[3]


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