Threshold

  • 1981
  • 1 HR 37 MIN
  • PG
  • Drama

Released in the US two years after its Canadian premiere, THRESHOLD predates the artificial-heart-transplant mania which swept the country in the early 1980s. Dr. Thomas Vrain (Donald Sutherland) performs the surgery, throwing his hospital's board up in arms; Dr. Aldo Gehring (Jeff Goldblum), the heart's inventor, glories in the media attention he receives;...read more

Where to Watch

Available to Stream

  • Watch on
Rating:

Released in the US two years after its Canadian premiere, THRESHOLD predates the artificial-heart-transplant mania which swept the country in the early 1980s. Dr. Thomas Vrain (Donald Sutherland) performs the surgery, throwing his hospital's board up in arms; Dr. Aldo Gehring (Jeff

Goldblum), the heart's inventor, glories in the media attention he receives; and Carol Severance (Mare Winningham), the recipient, has trouble dealing with not being totally human. Sutherland turns in a commanding performance, benefitting from an engrossing script and able direction. American

distributors ignored the film until Barney Clark's real-life artificial-heart operation provided free advertising.

Coming Soon

Because it's never too early to plan Thursday night... two months from now.

Cast & Details See all »

  • Released: 1981
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Released in the US two years after its Canadian premiere, THRESHOLD predates the artificial-heart-transplant mania which swept the country in the early 1980s. Dr. Thomas Vrain (Donald Sutherland) performs the surgery, throwing his hospital's board up in ar… (more)

Show More »