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Terminal Cancer Patients on Movie Posters (I)

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Title: Dark Victory

Country: USA

Year: 1939

Director: Edmund Goulding

Music: Max Steiner

Screenwriter: George Emerson Brewer Jr. y Bertram Bloch (Play). Casey Robinson

Cast: Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Henry Travers, Cora Witherspoon, Dorothy Peterson, Virginia Brissac, Charles Richman, Herbert Rawlinson, Leonard Mudie, Fay Helm and Lottie Williams.

Color: Black and White

Runtime: 104 minutes

Genre: Drama, Romance

Production Companies: First National Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures.

Comment: Judith Traherne (Bette Davis) has a fatal brain tumor.


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Title: None But the Lonely Heart

Country: USA

Year: 1944

Director: Clifford Odets

Music: Fumio Hayasaka

Screenwriter: Richard Llewellyn (novel). Clifford Odets

Cast: Cary Grant, Ethel Barrymore, Barry Fitzgerald, June Duprez, Jane Wyatt, George Coulouris, Dan Duryea, Roman Bohnen, Konstantin Shayne, William Challee, Art Smith,Virginia Farmer, Renie Riano, Chef Milani, Helen Thimig, Morton Lowry, Eva Leonard Boyne and Rosalind Ivan.

Color: Black and White

Runtime: 113 minutes

Genre: Drama

Production Company: RKO Radio Pictures

Comment: Ma Mott (as Miss Ethel Barrymore) (right), Ernie Mott (Cary Grant)’mother, is dying of cancer.


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Title: Living

Original Title: Ikiru

Country: Japan

Year: 1952

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Music: Fumio Hayasaka

Screenwriter: Shinobu Hashimoto, Akira Kurosawa and Hideo Oguni.

Cast: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Kyôko Seki, Makoto Kobori, Kumeko Urabe, Yoshie Minami, Miki Odagiri and Kamatari Fujiwara.

Color: Black and White

Runtime: 143 minutes

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Toho Company

Comment: Kanji Watanabe (Takashi Shimura) (right lower quadrant) has a lethal stomach cancer.


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Title: The Shootist

Country: USA

Year: 1976

Director: Don Siegel

Music: Elmer Bernstein

Screenwriter: Glendon Swarthout (novel). Scott Hale and Miles Hood Swarthout.

Cast: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, James Stewart, Richard Boone, John Carradine, Scatman Crothers, Richard Lenz, Harry Morgan, Sheree North and Hugh O'Brien.

Color: Color

Runtime: 100 minutes

Genre: Drama, Western

Production Company: Dino De Laurentiis Productions

Comment: John Bernard Books (John Wayne) died from stomach cancer.


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Title: Shadowlands

Country: UK

Year: 1993

Director: Richard Attenborough

Music: George Fenton

Screenwriter: William Nicholson (play). William Nicholson

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger, Julian Fellowes, Roddy Maude-roxey, Michael Denison, Andrew Seear, Tim Mcmullan, John Wood, Andrew Hawkins and Peter Howell.

Color: color

Runtime: 111 minutes

Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance

Production Companies: Price Entertainment, Shadowlands Productions and Spelling Films International.

Comment: Joy Gresham (Debra Winger) (left) dies of bone cancer.


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Title: Magnolia

Country: USA

Year: 1999

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Music: Jon Brion

Screenwriter: Paul Thomas Anderson

Cast: Julianne Moore, Tom Cruise, Jeremy Blackman, Melinda Dillon, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ricky Jay, William H. Macy, Alfred Molina, John C. Reilly, Jason Robards, Melora Walters and Clark Gregg

Color: color

Runtime: 188 minutes

Genre: Drama

Production Companies: Ghoulardi Film Company, New Line Cinema and The Magnolia Project.

Comment: Earl Partridge (Jason Robards) (upper right petal) is dying of lung cancer. Jimmy Gator (Philip Baker Hall) (left lower small petal) has a terminal bone cancer.


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Title: Life as a House

Country: USA

Year: 2001

Director: Irwin Winkler

Music: Mark Isham

Screenwriter: Mark Andrus

Cast: Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Hayden Christensen, Mary Steenburgen, Jena Malone, Jamey Sheridan, Sam Robards, Barry Primus, Sandra Nelson and Scott Bakula.

Color: Color

Runtime: 125 minutos

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Production Company: Winkler Films

Comment: George (Kevin Kline) (right) is dying of pancreatic cancer (stage four).


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Title: The Family Stone

Country: USA

Year: 2005

Director: Thomas Bezucha

Music: Michael Giacchino

Screenwriter: Thomas Bezucha

Cast: Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Dermot Mulroney, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Jessica Parker and Luke Wilson.

Color: Color

Runtime: 103 minutes

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Production Companies: The Family Stone, Fox 2000 Pictures and Michael London Productions.

Comment: Sybil Stone (Diane Keaton) (upper right quadrant) died from breast cancer.


José Elías García Sánchez1, Enrique García Sánchez1 and María Lucila Merino Marcos2

1Departamento de Medicina Preventiva, Salud Pública y Microbiología Médica. Facultad de Medicina. Universidad de Salamanca (Spain).

2Departamento de Pediatría del Hospital Universitario de Salamanca (Spain).

Correspondence: José Elías García Sánchez. Facultad de Medicina. Alfonso X El Sabio s/n. 37007 Salamanca (Spain).

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1930s (USA)
American Movie Poster (one sheet)

1930s (London)
USA lobby card

20th century (Japan)
Japan Movie Poster

19th century (USA)
American Movie Posters (one sheet)

20th century (UK)
lAmerican Movie Posters (one sheet)

Today (USA)
American Movie Posters (one sheet)

Today (USA)
American Movie Posters (one sheet)

Today (USA)
American Movie Posters (one sheet)