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The Doctor (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama | 16 August 1991 (USA)
When a self-centered doctor is diagnosed with cancer, he becomes better able to empathize with his patients and appreciate a life outside his career.

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Randa Haines

Writers:

Ed Rosenbaum (book) (as Ed Rosenbaum M.D.), Robert Caswell (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Dr. Jack MacKee
Christine Lahti ... Anne MacKee
Elizabeth Perkins ... June Ellis
Mandy Patinkin ... Dr. Murray Kaplan
Adam Arkin ... Dr. Eli Blumfield
Charlie Korsmo ... Nicky MacKee
Wendy Crewson ... Dr. Leslie Abbott
Bill Macy ... Dr. Al Cade
J.E. Freeman ... Ralph
William Marquez William Marquez ... Mr. Maris
Kyle Secor ... Alan
Nicole Orth-Pallavicini Nicole Orth-Pallavicini ... Sarah
Ping Wu ... Jay-Jay
Tony Fields ... Roger
Brian Markinson ... Michael
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Storyline

Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, extremely self centred and he has no problems.... until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient's perspective, he realises that there is more to being a doctor than surgery and prescriptions, and more to life than serving only his own needs. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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An Uplifting Story About Finding New Meaning In Life. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doktor See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$165,392, 28 July 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$38,120,905
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Christine Lahti and Zakes Mokae previously appeared in Gross Anatomy (1989), which also centers about medical doctors. See more »

Goofs

In a scene supposedly set on the roof of a San Francisco office building, between William Hurt and Elizabeth Perkins, well=known Los Angeles high-rises can be seen in the background. See more »

Quotes

[regarding Dr. Blumfield, who believes unconscious patients can still hear]
Dr. Jack MacKee: Where E.N.T. meets E.S.P.!
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Connections

Referenced in Animaniacs: Video Review/When Mice Ruled the Earth (1993) See more »

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Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw
Written and Performed by Jimmy Buffett
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Well worth the time
21 August 2009 | by kdarnell-1See all my reviews

This movie came out about a year before I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and I watched it during my recovery from surgery and radiation treatments. It helped me to understand the relationship between doctor and cancer patient. William Hurt is indeed excellent in this film, but I have always liked his understated presence and aloof yet empathetic evocations. Recently, a colleague was diagnosed with a serious cancer and he continues to undergo his treatments. I think the American medical community has made great improvements in the emotional component of care for cancer patients, but in 1992 Hurt's portrayal was close enough to echo my observations of how I was cared for then.

So, though it's a bit of a tearjerker and has a happy ending that reality will not always produce, I think it is a meaningful film and especially for those who are facing a serious diagnosis or caring for those who are.


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