The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

DVD - 2017
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An African-American woman becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : HBO Home Video, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9786316985330
6316985339
Branch Call Number: DVD Fic Immo
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1,Dolby digital 2.0
1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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mr_chocolate
May 15, 2018

I read the book 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 Sacks.
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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loriroshelle
Nov 05, 2017

I felt this movie did a disservice to the issue of the HeLa cells story. It was used as a vehicle to allow Oprah some dramatic acting credit. The story of Henretta Lacks and the HeLa cells was secondary.
Also I felt the way the family was presented in the movie was disrespectful. They were portrayed as ignorant and mentally unstable.
The movie hopefully did educate more people about Henretta Lacks's contribution to science. But, in the future hopefully someone else will create a better film.

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Raun
Oct 31, 2017

If you are really interested in this subject, the harvesting and propagating of human cells, read the book. The movie doesn't do it justice but it does give visuals for some of the places in Henrietta's biography and the players bring to life the characters of her life. Without knowing the background from the book, the movie is quite mystifying in places.

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