Last Breath (1997)

Genres - Drama, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Erotic Thriller, Marriage Drama, Medical Drama, Psychological Thriller  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Luke Perry stars in this surprisingly moving adult drama about a devoted husband whose wife (Francie Swift) is dying of cystic fibrosis. Because of her rare blood type, she can't get new lungs, so Perry begins a frantic search to find a donor. Eventually, he becomes so desperate that he starts having an affair with a real-estate agent (Gia Carides) whom he plans to murder because she's a match with Swift and has signed her donor card. Director P.J. Posner shows a surprising amount of sensitivity and character development in what was obviously designed to be no more than a cheap erotic thriller. Perry and Swift are believable and sympathetic, and the portrait of Swift's degenerating condition and Perry's desperation is moving and poignant. Only a cliched scene tacked on at the end gives the film's intentions away despite its frequent sexual situations and nudity.

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cystic-fibrosis, disease, donation, extramarital-affair, family-illness, love, murder/suicide, organ-transplant, terminal-illness