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The Doctor (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama | 16 August 1991 (USA)
A self-centered doctor is diagnosed with cancer and is able to sympathize with patients and better understand a life outside his career.

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(book) (as Ed Rosenbaum M.D.), (screenplay)
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Dr. Murray Kaplan
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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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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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He was a doctor who thought he knew it all... until he became a patient. 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 USA:

$165,392, 28 July 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$38,120,905
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was first announced with Warren Beatty starring. 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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Nostalgia Guajira
Written and Performed by Guillermo Portabales
Courtesy of Gema Records
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Well worth the time
21 August 2009 | by 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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