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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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William Marquez ...
Mr. Maris
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Nicole Orth-Pallavicini ...
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Tony Fields ...
Roger
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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)  »

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Le docteur  »

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$38,120,905 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Producer Scott Mosier's favorite movie. See more »

Quotes

Anne MacKee: You know, it's funny. I wake up every morning, and I have this... this feeling. This sensation. And I didn't know what it was. What is it? Am I hungry? Am I tired? Am I sad? Then I realized... I'm just lonely.
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Referenced in Animaniacs: Video Review/When Mice Ruled the Earth (1993) 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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Excellent View from the Other Side
10 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Doctor may not be the most moving, most influential, or best portrayed movie of all time, but it certainly should rank near the top of the best medical movies of all time. The story is about Dr. Jack MacKee (William Hurt), an arrogant heart surgeon whose believes that doctors should "Get in, fix it, and get out". However, when he finds himself diagnosed with cancer, he must see the system from the other side - a mechanized, unsympathetic system where the patient's comfort is the least concern. The story complicates when he befriends a fellow cancer patient, June Ellis (Elizabeth Perkins), who proves to be an inspirational figure in Jack's battle against cancer.

The movie could be deemed a transformation story. At first, Jack is an unlovable character - the doctor we all wish we didn't have. However, as he continues through his ordeal, his attitude begins to change. It is a profound change, and provides for many deep, moving scenes.

The story itself is not complicated, and is easy to follow. The acting, however, is top notch, and makes for a terrific movie. I would recommend it to anybody.


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