First Do No Harm

First Do No Harm

Jim Abrahams (1997)

PG Certificate
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Our Score
Only Meryl Streep could turn a standard disease-of-the-week TV movie into something special. Her mannered performance here as a mother trying to get the best treatment for her epileptic son, while also struggling with marital and financial problems, is yet another of her wrenchingly emotional class acts. Seth Adkins also shines as her son in this gruelling drama, based on a Lorenzo's Oil-type true story, which informs about epilepsy while making pertinent statements about society's attitude towards the condition.


A woman decides to seek alternative forms of treatment for her epileptic son after the conventional methods employed by his doctors fail to have an impact on his welbeing. However, she encounters resistance from members of the medical establishment, who seek to take legal action to stop her removing her child from the hospital. Drama based on a true story, starring Meryl Streep.

Cast & Crew

Lori Reimuller Meryl Streep
Dave Reimuller Fred Ward
Robbie Reimuller Seth Adkins
Dr Abbasac Allison Janney
Marjean Margo Martindale
Marisha Warren Oni Faida Lampley
Bob Perdue Leo Burmester
Jim Peterson Tom Butler
Director Jim Abrahams
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD