First Do No Harm Movie Review 1997

Information and Film Reviews for First Do No Harm the Movie

Staff rating

Visitor rating
4.0 4.0 from 1 reviews

Well-intentioned but routine TV movie depicts the crisis of the farming Reimuller family when the youngest child, four-year-old Robbie (Adkins), is diagnosed with epilepsy. Their health insurance won't cover Robbie's drug treatment and the bank is about to foreclose on the farm so dad Dave (Ward) takes up truck driving while mom Lori (Streep) tries to hold things together. Dismayed at Robbie's doctors, Lori also pursues an unorthodox treatment for Robbie that involves diet therapy rather than drugs. Director Abraham's own son has his epilepsy controlled by this alternative method.


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Available on VHS
Running time 94 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Insurance, Disease of the Week, Family Ties, Doctors & Nurses, Moms
Ann Beckett
Meryl Streep, Fred Ward, Seth Adkins, Allison Janney, Michael Yarmush
Pierre Letarte
Jim Abrahams
Jim Abrahams

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