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Jim Allison: Breakthrough

2019, Bill Haney, USA, 90 min.
Narrated by Woody Harrelson

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Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 22nd 2:00pm
  • Fri, Nov 22nd 6:15pm
  • Sat, Nov 23rd 5:15pm
  • Sun, Nov 24th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Nov 25th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Nov 26th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Nov 27th 7:45pm
Chicago premiere!

"Inspiring and heartening...Check it out. Take the kids. Go twice. Just see the dang thing. You won’t regret it, and you’ll never forget it."—Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

“Compelling, often heart-wrenching…demonstrates how original thinking combined with dogged perseverance can literally change the world.”—Thomas Tunstall, Irish Film Critic

Real-life medical stories don’t come any more exciting or engaging than this one. Can a harmonica-playing good ol’ Texan boy and pal of Willie Nelson cure cancer? This profile of Dr. Jim Allison, winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine, introduces the good-humored raconteur and amateur musician who is equally at home in a research lab or a blues bar. Having begun his life shadowed by cancer through the loss of his mother to lymphoma when he was eleven, Allison is seen as a maverick researcher relentlessly in pursuit of the disease in the once-debunked field of immunology. Ignoring skepticism and accepted theories, his unorthodox approach and intuitive thinking about the role of T-cells in the blood ultimately leads to a major advance in the cure for cancer. Director Haney finds suspense at every turn in Allison’s story as his breakthrough becomes a five-year race to the finish against considerable odds. DCP digital. (BS)

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