THREE MEN SIX LIVES

BERNARD S SIEGEL MD

Book Cover

GENRE

DRAMA FANTASY RELIGIOUS

    Core Theme

    FORGIVENESS

    TIME PERIOD

    Contemporary

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    HOT TUB TIME MACHINE, ANALYZE THIS, LAST VEGAS, GOING IN STYLE

    CHARACTER LIST

    GEORGE: 37. LEAD. BITTER AND RESENTFUL.

    DR. JON HOKMAH: 40S. GEORGE'S PSYCHIATRIST.

    HONEY: 30S. GEORGE'S WIFE.

    CARMINE BIRSAMATTO: 50S. ANOTHER OF HOKMAH'S PATIENTS, WHO BECOMES FRIENDS WITH GEORGE.

    DANNY HOFFMAN: 18. HOKMAH BECOMES DANNY WHILE IN A MEDITATION.

    SAL PETONITO: 60S. A KINDLY MAN WHO ADVISES DANNY.

    Logline

    past life experiences of three men one is mine but a fictional character created to portray the stories though they are true. so the stories are true but the characters are fictional though i let people know one of the stories is mine. happening when asked why are toy living this life? over the phon

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    east coast U.S. A.

    Based on a True Story

    Yes

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: with a Publisher

    Publisher: SACRED STORIES PUBLISHING

    Year Published: 2020

    Starting Description

    three people's pasts are opening features and then to present date and three new men one a psychiatrist who at meeting experience a past life regression and then takes the experience and technique back to his patients mafia don and surgeon.

    Ending Description

    beautiful and healing as they all understand themselves and their lives and why they are who they are and due to their experience they know their past lives are the truth. like seeing in a cemetery what they had experienced in their past life.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    Information not completed

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Philosophical Questions,Coming of Age,Meaningful Message,Other

    Plot - Premise

    Internal Journey/Rebirth,Other

    Main Character Details

    Name: Jonathan Hokmah

    Age: 40's

    Gender: Male

    Role: Mentor

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Complex,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Strong Moral Code,Romantic,Funny,Confident,Masculine,Decisive,Empathetic,Outspoken

    Additional Character Details

    Name: gGeorge Dingfelder

    Age: 40's

    Gender: Male

    Role: Emotional

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Decisive,Empathetic,Educated,Honorable

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Carmine Birsamatto

    Age: 50's

    Gender: Male

    Role: logical

    Key Traits: Masculine,Badass,Villainous,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Criminal,Outspoken,Secretive,Heroic,Leader

    Additional Character Details

    The author has not yet written this

    Development Pitch

    this is about a psychiatrist. mafia don and surgeon who come together at the psychiatrist';s office as his patients. after the psychiatrist attends a conference and experiences a past life regression by psychiatrist Brian Weiss (who wrote a lovely comment for my book) which reveals to him why he became a psychiatrist in this life he goes back to his practice and induces past lives for Carmine and George and a whole new world opens up. There are many more aspects as George has a brain injury in a fall when before going with his wife to meet with Carmine and his wife at a retreat. Police get involved too wondering why Mafia so concerned about George. Psychiatrist is black man and has his issues too. It is a vert interwoven story about six lives happening in the past and present. There is humor and drama. George gets hit in the head by a foul ball at world series as Carmine's guest and things continue to get interesting and involved with psychiatrist and law enforcement e and the wives who become meaningful characters too. It is a damn interesting and meaningful novcel

    Genre

    DRAMA, RELIGION, FANTASY

    Brief

    Man wants to murder his wife over petty reasons, goes to a psychologist, meets a mob boss, tries to hire the mob boss to off his wife. The man gets a serious brain injury and re-falls in love with his wife, doesn't want to murder her anymore. The psychologist leads him and the mob boss in a meditation where all three men experience past lives. The FBI's case falls through and everyone lives happily ever after.

    Overall Rating

    GOOD

    Point of View

    THIRD PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: EXCELLENT

    Franchise Potential: GOOD

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: GOOD

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: GOOD

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    The profile looks like it was written by someone on drugs lol

    Draw of Story

    I liked the scenes from the 1950s! More of those please!

    Possible Drawbacks

    George is seriously flawed, beyond the acceptable. Also, Carmine is a murderer and just gets off scot free because he had a change of heart? Also, George wanted to murder his wife over leaving lights on, and she takes him back?

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    Three men experience past lives.

    Fanbase Potential

    Overall, it looks like the audience is not eager for stories like these - beyond redemption.

    Awards Potential

    Maybe for actors.

    Envisioned Budget

    MEDIUM BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    HOT TUB TIME MACHINE, ANALYZE THIS, LAST VEGAS, GOING IN STYLE

    What’s New About the Story

    Focus more on the men going back into their past lives, and focus more on Carmine or Hokmah and less on George.

    Lead Characters

    Dr. Hokmah is a Black man written by a person who seems to have never met a Black person in real life--he's described as having chocolatey skin several times and it was off-putting at first. Also, generally in media, when men fantasize about killing their wives, the woman isn't then shown to us as the most caring, empathetic character in the story. Also, this mob boss only shows a warm fuzzy side, we are only told that he's a mob boss, he never acts like Tony Soprano other than in his self-descriptions.

    Uniqueness of Story

    I mean, it's a rare gem, the writing is good and the concept is unique. It's just very off-putting at times.

    Possible Formats

    Film - Studio, Film - Indie

    Analyst Recommendation

    CONSIDER

    Justification

    It's a unique story with some cool stuff going on in the character arcs, but some of its traits are very questionable.

    Brief

    George fantasizes about killing his wife, despite her love for him, and goes to see a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist accidentally introduces George to another of his patients, the mafia boss Carmine Birsamatto. George and Carmine devise plans to use each other, but those plans get interrupted when George faces a serious injury.

    What We Liked

    This is a beautiful exploration about possible past lives and afterlives as well as a critique of toxic masculinity that instead embraces the emotions and human needs of men that are often ignored by traditional media.

    Film: As a film, this would be a heartwarming drama focused on the three men and how connecting with these past lives helps them.

    TV: As a television show, this could be either a serial exploring the lives illustrated in the novel, or even a procedural showing different people living out their different past lives.

    Key points: Unique premise; Multiple lead characters; Mafia drama; Medical drama; Interiority

    Synopsis

    George Dingfelder is a physician who goes to see Dr. Jonathan Hokmah for counseling. George confesses that his only solace in life comes from fantasizing about murdering his wife--he has begun to get closer with his younger brother, an auto mechanic, in the hopes that he will learn of a way to mess with her vehicle in a method that kills her but makes him look innocent. George's main issues with his wife are all petty--she is not cheating on him or cruel to him, but she leaves lights on and doesn't keep the house clean enough. In the waiting room of Dr. Hokmah, George meets Carmine Birsamatto, a notorious Mafia don. Carmine asks George for his card, saying he has a professional need for a physician. George gets excited over the prospect of having a professional assist him in getting rid of his wife and assumes that the reason Carmine wants him to look over Carmine's wife's medical records is because Carmine wants to kill his wife as well.

    George meets with Carmine and tells him that he has figured out Carmine's plan to off his wife, and is willing to help as long as Carmine helps George kill his wife. Carmine agrees, and suggests that the two men and their wives go away to an inn in Vermont for the weekend. The second George leaves, Carmine reveals that he has been recording George all along, and that, he has no plans to kill his own wife, and instead wants to use the recording to blackmail George into helping Carmine arrange and HMO fraud. Hokmah goes to an APA conference and, as the President, gives a heartfelt speech that turns many of his supporters off. He meets Inge, another psychologist, and is fascinated with her perspective. He tries to ask her for her advice regarding his patient, George, and she pressures him instead into seeing a panel led by the psychologist Dr. Weiss. Hokmah thinks that Dr. Weiss is nonsensical, but agrees, and attends the seminar. Dr. Weiss leads everyone in a guided meditation that causes Hokmah to experience life as a young boy--Danny Hoffman. Danny Hoffman, a senior in high school in 1954, is struggling with depression after discovering his father's charred body in a fire. Danny is an aspiring journalist and writes an article for his school paper about high school students and sexuality that leads to a full investigation in which the high school gym teacher comes out as gay and retires. The gym teacher commits suicide and leaves Danny a note expressing that it had nothing to do with him and it wasn't his fault, but Danny, already depressed, takes the blame upon himself and shoots himself in the head with a rifle while standing over his father's grave. Hokmah comes back to reality after experiencing everything in Danny's life, only to find himself sobbing and surrounded by Dr. Weiss and inge. Hokmah now fully believes in Dr. Weiss's teachings and is excited to bring back the ideas of other lives and living past lives to his patients.

    While George is preparing for his getaway with Carmine and their wives, he has an accident and falls off a ladder, cracking his head open. He survives but is in a coma and struggles for weeks to regain consciousness and motor function. Carmine is supportive and arranges for George to get all the best medical care. George fully awakes, but with severe amnesia. Carmine and George and their wives spend a lot of time together, at first Carmine just wants to make sure that George doesn't remember their previous business, but after a while, he begins to grow fond of George and his family. While at a baseball game with Carmine and their families, George gets hit in the head with a foul ball. The incident helps bring his memory back. George and Carmine meet up with Hokmah, who leads them in a meditation similar to Weiss's. Both George and Carmine experience past lives just as Hokmah did. George meets with Carmine and tells him that he has no plans now to kill his wife, but will not do anything to endanger Carmine legally. George goes away with his wife and falls in love with her all over again, and then confesses his original fantasies of murdering her. Honey is rightfully outraged and leaves George. George tries to win her back, and Carmine tries to help him, only for the FBI to arrest George in an effort to get to Carmine. The FBI is unable to maintain a case against George or Carmine and both men are set free.

    About The Author

    Dr. Bernie Siegel retired from practice as an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Yale of general and pediatric surgery in 1989 to speak to patients and their caregivers. He has written over five books, including one with his grandson.