The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

DVD - 2017
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Tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used in the 1950s to create the first immortal human cell line resulting in medical breakthroughs.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, HBO Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Call Number: DVD F IMMO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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gregarioushermit
Aug 01, 2018

Having read the book, I found the movie not interesting, so I didn't watch it. The book was great!

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akirakato
Jun 28, 2018

Directed by George C. Wolfe in 2017 based on the book of the same name by Rebecca Skloot, this TV drama depicts the story of Henrietta Lacks, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in the 1950s, and whose cancer cells (later known as HeLa) would change the course of cancer treatment.
For decades, scientists had been collecting tissue samples from patients without consent, searching for cells that could live outside the human body.
In 1951, a woman entered a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and everything changed.
With these HeLa cells, scientsts can perform experiments that they never could on a living human being.
In 1954, Microbiological Associates began selling HeLa cells, which gave girth to the biochemical indusytry.
The Lacks family has never been compensated for these miracle cells.
It is an amazing and fascinating drama.

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mr_chocolate
May 15, 2018

I read the 2010 book by Rebecca Skloot, before having seen this film. The film was a condensed but faithful version of the book and well acted by Oprah Winfrey, portraying the oldest daughter of Henrietta Lacks.
The final script concludes with updates and the extras show brief interviews and pictures of the surviving family.

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INVS
May 03, 2018

I knew very little - if anything - about this remarkable woman. I'm not a big fan of O, however I'm not as negative on her acting as others, for I would imagine she portrayed the daughter according to facts. I can understand how the family was affected by this invasive, dishonest method. Consider the family at the time was not astute to this 'maneuver' by the powers.

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firefly5
Feb 15, 2018

I gave this one star for subject matter. The acting is terrible, Oprah cannot act, she is over-the-top silly and always loud and the journalist is just too cheerful, always has a toothy grin and a silly giggle.

However, this movie has interested me enough to research the subject matter further and I am learning many things about the HeLa cells I did not know before watching this movie.

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ladydrummer
Feb 09, 2018

Turned it off after 15 minutes or so. Thought it was about the HeLa cells and Henrietta's life, but it seemed to be about the writing of the book. The author's character was tremendously annoying. Oprah can ruin a lot of things, unfortunately. Sad to see that this was one of them.

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evro66
Feb 01, 2018

I really liked the book. As for this movie, I think maybe only big fans of Oprah might like it. And, well, I'm not her fan.
So I didn't finish watching it, stopped somewhere in the middle.

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poodlegirl
Jan 25, 2018

It was a 5-star book and very engrossing. I'm afraid Oprah (whom I LOVE in other arenas) didn't put it to screen in a way that I found effective at all. The reporter was really lame (make her voice stop!). It is a must-know story however and I recommend reading it.

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wildct2003
Jan 15, 2018

Good adaptation of the book. Engrossing.

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lindy919
Nov 24, 2017

Interesting topic (of which I had no idea) however, aside for a few minutes at the beginning and some tidbits here and there, there is very little about Henrietta Lacks. Its mostly about the reporter (writer of the book) and the Lacks decendants, most of whom seem crazy. If I were a reader, which I am not, I would pick up the book which gets rave reviews compared to the film.

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