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The Doctor (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama | 16 August 1991 (USA)
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, ... See full summary »

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(book) (as Ed Rosenbaum M.D.), (screenplay)
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Dr. Al Cade
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Ralph
William Marquez ...
Mr. Maris
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Alan
Nicole Orth-Pallavicini ...
Sarah
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Jay-Jay
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Roger
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Michael
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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 »

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Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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16 August 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le docteur  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$165,392 (USA) (28 July 1991)

Gross:

$38,120,905 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Ed Rosenbaum: as Himself. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jack MacKee: If I *ever* hear you describe a patient as "terminal" again, that's how you'll describe your career!
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Connections

Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) See more »

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Tristeza Guajira
Written by Ramon Cabrera
Performed by Guillermo Portabales
Courtesy of Gema Records
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Surprisingly good.
7 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The premise seemed a little too straightforward at first glance: Doctor becomes patient. But it is so well executed, you can't help but be drawn in. I kept suspecting it was going to turn sappy at any moment, but director Randa Haines does not hold back on the emotional awkwardness that comes from difficult situations. There is much less sentimentality than Haines' best-known film, Children of a Lesser God. And although Hurt is far less "charming" in this film than he was in that one, he actually is more watchable. The more difficult he becomes, the more interesting the film gets.

Another intriguing aspect of the film is the feelings Chritine Lahti's character experiences, from sympathy to anger, to jealousy, to feeling shut out, you name it. In fact, the film could have delved even deeper into their marital discord and it would not have lost me. For some this film may go down a little too easily, but I think the accessibility of the subject matter in this case is an asset.


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