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The Doctor (1991)

 -  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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16 August 1991 (USA)  »

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Co-stars Christine Lahti, Mandy Patinkin, and Adam Arkin all played doctors on Chicago Hope (1994). See more »

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[to Dr. MacKee]
Dr. Leslie Abbott: I am the doctor and you are the patient and I am telling you when I am available.
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very good, even if it doesn't seem 100% realistic
21 March 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

San Francisco surgeon Jack McKee (William Hurt) has been a jerk his whole life. He never refers to his patients by their names and apparently never knows why they're in the hospital. In short, Jack's the opposite of Patch Adams. But then, he becomes a patient, and finds out what it's really like to be on the other side. Admittedly, this is sort of a cliché (and maybe sappy at times). But still, it's a good look at one man's change.

I will say that what Jack does at the end looked a little unrealistic; I doubt that he went that far in real life. But even so, I still say that the movie is worth seeing. Not a masterpiece by any stretch, but important. Also starring Christine Lahti, Charlie Korsmo, Mandy Patinkin and Adam Arkin.


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