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The Doctor (1991)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  16 August 1991 (USA)
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Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, and he has no problems.... until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors ... See full summary »

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Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, 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. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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He was a doctor who thought he knew it all... until he became a patient. See more »

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16 August 1991 (USA)  »

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Le docteur  »

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$38,120,905 (USA)
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Ed Rosenbaum:  as Himself. See more »

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June Ellis: I pray. I meditate. I eat chocolate. I dance.
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Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) See more »

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Strange Angels
Written and Performed by Laurie Anderson
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement With Warner Special Products
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Well worth the time
21 August 2009 | by (United States) – See 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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