Bad Medicine Soundtrack (

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Rating: 4.70/10 from 1500 votes
Tags: villager
Alternate Names:
Title in Español:

Los matasanos

Title in Português:

Academia de Doutores

Title in Français:

Bad Medicine

Title in Türk:

Bad Medicine


Jeff and his fellow students struggle with general culture shock, trying to understand lectures in Spanish, an unsettling daily pledge of allegiance, and energy swings as they take amphetamines before exams.

One day President Madera sends the students, despite their lack of credentials, on a mercy trip to an outlying village to examine and treat peasants who have previously only experienced a medicine man, however they are not allowed to bring along medicines.

In the village, Jeff and his friends encounter a jail full of prisoners who suffer from STD's, then Jeff and a friend must ride a burro to unsuccessfully minister to a dying man, whose enraged son promptly shoots Jeff in the foot.

Back at school, Jeff, wearing crutches, wants to drop out of school and return to the U.S., but is talked into staying by a female American student, who develops a relationship with him.

Jeff in a pinch, successfully delivers a local woman's baby.

In one funny scene, a group of students remove a very stiff cadaver (for dissecting) from a morgue, and nervously try to walk it back to campus at night without being noticed.

President Madera coincidentally decides he wants to marry Jeff's girlfriend, but, uninterested, she flees from Madera while at a fine restaurant.

She steals boxes of various medicines and supplies from the school's locked cabinets, and she Jeff and the others deliver them in a taxi to the village, reopening their mercy clinic for a day.

Madera is puzzled at the students' disappearance, and after he learns they have stolen the medical supplies, he orders the school closed down.

Jeff's curious father arrives from the U.S. just as his son and Madera are having an armed standoff, then the father develops an illness which Jeff treats.

The film ends happily with the school remaining open and the American students staying.

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Bad Medicine
Madera, Madera
Harvey Miller: Performer
La Bonita Noche
Harvey Miller: Performer
Proud Mary
Ike Turner: Performer
John Fogerty: Writer

User reviews

Ronald Thomas

Secondly, the choice of songs in the soundtrack lacks diversity and depth. The repetitive use of generic background music becomes dull and uninteresting, failing to create a memorable impact on the audience throughout the film.

Laura Evans

The soundtrack of Bad Medicine perfectly captures the tension and excitement of the students' experiences in a foreign country. The use of energetic and dynamic music enhances the scenes where the students are struggling with culture shock and facing challenging situations.

James White

The music in Bad Medicine adds depth and emotion to the film's storyline, particularly during the intense moments such as Jeff's confrontation with President Madera and the students' daring mission to deliver medical supplies to the village. The soundtrack effectively conveys the characters' emotions and the high stakes of their actions, making the audience feel more connected to the story.

Steven Johnson

First of all, the soundtrack of Bad Medicine fails to capture the intense and emotional moments of the film. The music feels out of place and disconnected from the scenes, failing to enhance the storytelling.

Sarah Johnson

The soundtrack of Bad Medicine effectively captures the chaotic and intense emotions experienced by Jeff and his friends during their time in a foreign country. The music enhances the sense of culture shock and disorientation they face, creating a tense and uneasy atmosphere.

Paul Nelson

The soundtrack's ability to shift between different moods and tones reflects the unpredictable nature of the story, keeping the audience engaged and on edge. The music adds depth and complexity to the narrative, enhancing the overall viewing experience.

Betty Martin

The incorporation of traditional and contemporary sounds in the soundtrack mirrors the clash of cultures and values depicted in the film. The music serves as a powerful storytelling tool, helping to underscore the themes of cultural differences and personal growth.

Melissa Allen

The use of diverse musical elements in the soundtrack mirrors the students' journey through different experiences, from the energetic highs of taking amphetamines before exams to the somber moments of encountering illness and death in the village. The music helps to convey the emotional rollercoaster they go through.

Joseph Baker

Overall, the soundtrack of Bad Medicine plays a crucial role in immersing the audience in the tumultuous world of the characters. The music effectively complements the on-screen action, elevating the storytelling and reinforcing the emotional impact of the film's events.