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Jim Allison: Breakthrough

Jim Allison: Breakthrough is a movie starring Jim Allison, Sharon Belvin, and Eric Benson. Renegade Texan scientist Jim Allison devotes his life work to find a cure for cancer after the disease takes the life of his mother.

Running Time
1 hours 30 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Bill Haney
Bill Haney
Sharon Belvin, Woody Harrelson, Eric Benson, Jim Allison
Audio Languages
Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Renegade Texan scientist Jim Allison devotes his life work to find a cure for cancer after the disease takes the life of his mother.

Comments about documentary «Jim Allison: Breakthrough» (13)

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Alexander Lane

Like the director himself, John Boorman (who directed the only other documentary on Eric, titled The Eric Andre Show), director of The Eric Andre Show, The Eric Andre Show: Breakthrough is a well-intentioned, well-directed and well-acted film. Boorman's style is definitely different from the usual production and post-production work he did. He really didn't seem to care about what the film was going to be about, as long as it was entertaining and entertaining it was. I'm glad I took the time to watch it because I can definitely say that this is a worthwhile film. While it certainly isn't the best documentary ever, it definitely has a lot of elements that make it unique and interesting. While I was watching this, I felt that there were a lot of moments that I didn't care for, but it wasn't really that hard to work through. The music and the sound effects are quite good. The film was shot in black and white, but that doesn't mean that it isn't shot well. It just wasn't a prominent part of the production. The editing and the overall look of the film was quite good. Overall, this is a good film that you should definitely watch. It is definitely a different take on the documentary genre.

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I just saw this movie, in San Francisco. The reviews of the DVD on this site, are giving it one star for being a bit "silly". I'm not surprised. I was in college at the time, and thought the stories were almost all true. I am an Eagle Scout. I am currently a child safety officer for the city. I am also the editor of the US Boy Scouts magazine. I think the film does an excellent job of capturing the thrill of Scouting. It should be mandatory viewing for all youth. (And Scout masters too.)

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Justin Morris

I really enjoyed this film. The first time I saw this movie I thought it was a little too sappy, and a little cheesy at times. But after watching it again the second time around, I have come to appreciate it a whole lot more. This movie is about finding your place in life and your purpose. The story of the man and the girl is compelling. You feel for the father who is in a struggle to keep his family together. The father struggles to be a father and a husband, while keeping his family together. This film touches on the dark side of life and how some of us struggle with these things. I think the director really captured the themes of the movie and made the movie easy to watch. Overall, this is a great film that is worth seeing.

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Robert M.

The reason I saw this documentary was because of the quote from David Attenborough about the Tohono O'odham tribe, and it was just amazing to see the tribe and their culture. All of the tribes and cultures represented in the film are incredibly beautiful. I am so glad that more people are going to see this film. It is well worth your time.

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Benjamin M.

Breakthrough: The Life and Music of Dan Curtis, CMT's Senior Film Critic, is a great piece of history and a fascinating look into the life of a legendary director, best known for directing "Don't Go In The Woods," "The Naked Truth" and the first two episodes of "The Sopranos." Curtis died tragically young at age 41 in 1999 after an unfortunate accident while making "The Naked Truth." He was only 33. Director, producer, and actor, Curtis wrote and directed over two dozen feature films and TV episodes, from "The Naked Truth" to "Goonies," "Frogs," "Naked World," "Beverly Hills Cop" to "Blood Sport," "Death Wish" to "Saving Private Ryan," to "Dead Heat," "Killing Zoe," "Trog," and the film, "Trail of the Wolf," which was nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award. A new documentary, "Breakthrough: The Life and Music of Dan Curtis," stars Dan Curtis, actor James Caan, writer/producer D.J. Caruso, and various others, as they recount the lives of Curtis, Caan, and other members of the CMT staff. Dan Curtis was known for his intense personal involvement with his films, with his relationships with his actors, and with his crew. The CMT set the standard for feature film making, and became synonymous with film making, as well as with the television industry. Curtis always took care of his film production, and would even put a limo to transport his crew to and from the sets, at least twice a day. He would even play the piano at times, as did the other CMT film crew members. Dan Curtis was a big proponent of the industry, and always took care of his film production, as he did his personal life. This documentary is an essential addition to the Curtis collection, and hopefully the one to be released on DVD.

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There are many fascinating stories about the internet. And this film explores how technology can have a powerful impact on how we communicate, both by spreading and filtering information. I loved the film, but it was quite repetitive and the research was a little to drawn out. But it is a good film to watch, and definitely worth seeing.

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I saw this film last night at the School of Film at Sheffield University. The film itself is good but I found it quite dull at times, especially the second half. There were a few moments that seemed to drag on a little bit and I found myself wishing for the film to be over, especially towards the end when it had so much potential. My main problem with the film is that I didn't feel the emotion that it was trying to get across, which was obviously a key factor in the initial audience response to the film. I was expecting the film to be honest and reflect the true nature of how many are impacted by a particular disease and the impact it has on the individuals involved. However, I was disappointed in the lack of emotion that the film managed to get across. It just felt like the director was trying to squeeze in as much information as possible without actually having a lot of it. This is a problem because it may make the film seem a bit flat and boring, which isn't what it should be. I would have liked to have seen more evidence that this disease has an effect on the individuals involved, but I think that the film could have done this more effectively if it had more emotion. If the film had a little more emotion I think it would have been more interesting. As it stands, it was very disappointing.

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This is a well made documentary about the band Mother Love Bone, but it's really a look into the business of the indie rock world. The band has a lot of popular appeal and in the current climate, they seem to be on their way to getting signed to a major label. It's an interesting story and all but it's mostly a one-sided look at how the band came to be and how they went from a big star in the beginning to the over hyped one that they are now. This is an interesting film to see and I highly recommend it.

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Judith Shaw

I was looking for a short history of the film and was very impressed. All of the history is great and interesting. But I am going to have to say the "uniqueness" of this film is that you can't see it coming. They go on a journey from the creation of the film through the filming of the film and everything in between. They make the movie very engaging and it's easy to get caught up in it. You will feel for the cast. They were very sincere and very convincing. They do not make you feel bad for them or look down on them for their choices. This is a really good film. I feel like it was a "must see" for anyone who has a great appreciation of film. I highly recommend it.

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Willie B.

I don't really know what to say about this documentary. Maybe it's just that I'm new to a documentary I'm watching, but I didn't really understand what was going on. I guess I was in a rush, but I kept watching because it was something that had really taken me by surprise. It's a good documentary and is an important one, but I think I'll need to watch it again to understand what I was missing.

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Gloria S.

This is a rare gem that provides a lot of insights into the US and the Australian film industry. It begins with the development of the Western world, and it continues through the rise of the arts and the film industry. The best part of the film is how they discuss the films and people that have impacted the American movie industry, and how the changes they have brought about are even more visible than in the past. It is a very informative film, and it will make you think about what you think you know about the US film industry, and it will also make you think about the movie industry as a whole.

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Having just watched "Breakthrough", I can honestly say I found it to be one of the most insightful documentaries I have ever watched. The first time I saw the title, I thought it was going to be some lame attempt at giving a proper history of the word "breaks". However, it turned out to be a powerful and enlightening piece that spoke to the common man and his job. While most of the people that were interviewed were college students or even pre-college, the overall impression is of a regular American. They speak the truth about their job, their families, their friends, and their entire world. It was an amazing thing to watch these people explain what it is to work in a great company. They also explain how they handle stressful situations and how they can get through them without getting emotional. It was refreshing to see people discussing their work, their personal lives, and how their lives are going to be affected by it. A lot of people talk about how important their jobs are to them, but they also discuss how they feel that they have a responsibility to their families. Some of the interviews are interesting because they are either very honest or very graphic. There are no sides to be taken. It was amazing to see how they actually communicate with each other. While there were several clips where the camera was in close-up, there were also many clips where it was on the same level as a normal person would talk to a group of friends. There were a few moments that I felt were probably some of the best interviews I've ever seen. In one of the interviews, they talk about their spouses and what they're going to do. In another clip, they talk about the things they've already done, but are going to do. And in another clip, they discuss what they've been doing with their friends. The entire film is full of amazing and touching interviews. The music in the film was also great, and it was inspiring. I could also feel that it was made for a younger audience. It's very real, and it speaks to the people that live and work in these companies. While the video format might not be for everyone, it is well worth watching. I loved this documentary.

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Carolyn R.

Good documentary about a man who had a great career, and was a great guy in the movie business. But unfortunately he was diagnosed with leukemia, and died a few months ago. His agent, Lenny Kay, who he worked with, has made a book about him, called "Breakthrough." You should watch it, because it tells you about his life, and what it was like working with him. He loved being with the camera, and was very charming. I would definitely recommend this movie to anybody who is a music fan, and wants to know more about one of the greatest American artists of all time. This documentary is a great documentary, and it shows the man behind the legend, as well as the man who loved him.