Playing God (1997)

Director
Andy Wilson

Main cast
David Duchovny; Timothy Hutton; Angelina Jolie; Michael Massee; Stacey Travis

Genres
Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime

Description
Stripped of his medical license after performing an operation while high on amphetamines, famed LA surgeon Dr Eugene Sands abandons his former life only to find himself crossing paths with Raymond Blossom, an infamous counterfeiter. Employed as a "gun-shot doctor" when Raymond's associates cannot risk visiting a hospital, Eugene is lured deep into the criminal world and becomes entangled with his boss's girlfriend.


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