Breast Men

Breast Men
Directed by Lawrence O'Neil
Produced by Gary Lucchesi
Guy Riedel
Written by John Stockwell
Starring David Schwimmer
Chris Cooper
Music by Dennis McCarthy
Cinematography Robert M. Stevens
Edited by Michael Jablow
Distributed by HBO
Release dates
December 13, 1997
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Breast Men is a 1997 American, semibiographical, dark comedy film; it was written by John Stockwell and directed by Lawrence O'Neil for HBO.


Dr. Kevin Saunders (played by David Schwimmer) and Dr. William Larson (played by Chris Cooper) pioneer the usage of silicone breast implants. Saunders and Larson gain immense financial success as cosmetic breast augmentation surgeries rise in acceptance and frequency in American culture, but follow different life paths thereafter: Dr. Saunders becoming a narcissist interested in developing and implanting the exaggeratedly larger-sized types of implants popular with a mostly erotic dancer and female porn star clientele. Doctor Larsen, Saunders' former mentor and business partner, is portrayed as continuing to pursue a more serious, clinical approach (e.g., reconstructive breast surgeries for female breast cancer survivors, etc.).

Historical accuracy

The film very loosely tracks the history of the real-life breast implant phenomenon, from its radical introduction through its incredible popularity, through the controversial link of its silicone base to various types of illnesses and cancers (culminating in the Food and Drug Administration's moratorium on use of silicone in breast implants, leading the industry to use saline ones, instead). The story is interspersed with interview snippets of women from the 1970s who underwent breast augmentations with varying degrees of success, including their likes and dislikes about them. The interviews are marked by the fact that they show only the interviewees' nude breasts and torso.

In reality, silicone implants were developed by Texas-based plastic surgeons Drs. Frank Gerow and Thomas Cronin.[1]


Much of the filming was done in Galveston, Texas, and includes numerous interior and exterior shots of historic Star Drug, a drug store and soda fountain with a distinctive vintage ceramic Coca-Cola sign displayed over its front door. Star Drug burned in 1998 but has since been rebuilt. Limited footage is shown, as well, of the University of Texas Medical Branch campus.[2]

The film received an MPAA rating of R due to sexuality, nudity, coarse language, and the use of illicit drugs.



The film was released to mixed reviews.[3][4][5][6]


  2. Rauzi, Robin (1992-01-09). "The Silicone Folly - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  3. Bruce Fretts (1997-12-12). "Breast Men Review | TV Reviews and News". Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  4. "Empire's Breast Men Movie Review". 2006-12-05. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  5. Heckman, Don (1997-06-22). "'Breast Men's' Light Treatment Misplaced - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  6. "Breast Men - TV Reviews - TV & Radio - Entertainment". 2007-08-13. Retrieved 2012-09-02.

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