Gross Anatomy

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Gross Anatomy (Touchstone Movie)

“Gross Anatomy” is a touching and inspiring medical drama released by Touchstone Pictures in 1989. The film stars Matthew Modine as Joe Slovak, a first-year medical student at a prestigious university. Joe is passionate about medicine but struggles to balance the demands of his studies with his personal life and relationships.

As Joe navigates the challenges of medical school, he forms a close bond with his anatomy lab partner, Laurie (Daphne Zuniga), who is determined to excel in her studies despite facing discrimination as a female medical student. Together, they embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth, learning not only about medicine but also about themselves and their aspirations.

Led by their demanding and unconventional anatomy professor, Dr. Woodruff (Christine Lahti), the students are put through rigorous training, confronting the realities of life and death in the process. The film delves into the intense pressure and emotional toll that medical education can take on young students, while also highlighting the rewards and fulfillment that come from pursuing a career in medicine.

As Joe becomes more immersed in the world of medicine, he must confront his own fears and insecurities, including his struggles with relationships and commitment. Through his experiences, he learns valuable lessons about resilience, determination, and the importance of finding a balance between work and personal life.

Directed by Thom Eberhardt, “Gross Anatomy” offers a heartwarming and thought-provoking narrative that combines medical drama with themes of self-discovery and coming-of-age. The film’s compelling performances and emotionally resonant storyline have made it a beloved classic among medical students and aspiring doctors.

“Gross Anatomy” provides a realistic portrayal of the challenges and triumphs that medical students face as they pursue their dreams of becoming doctors. It reminds viewers that the journey to achieving their goals may be difficult, but it is ultimately rewarding and transformative. With its blend of drama, humor, and heartfelt moments, “Gross Anatomy” is a film that continues to resonate with audiences and remains a timeless tale of pursuing one’s passions and embracing the journey of self-discovery.

Additional Details


  • Matthew Modine: Joe Slovak
  • Daphne Zuniga: Laurie Rorbach
  • Christine Lahti: Dr. Rachel Woodruff
  • Todd Field: David Schreiner
  • John Scott Clough: Miles Reed
  • Alice Carter: Kim McCauley
  • Robert Desiderio: Dr. Banks
  • Zakes Mokae: Dr. Banumbra
  • Ryan Cash: Frankie Slovak


  • Director: Thom Eberhardt
  • Producers: Debra Hill and Howard Rosenman
  • Writers: Ron Nyswaner and Mark Spragg

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