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Wit (2001)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  24 March 2001 (USA)
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A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Harvey Kelekian
Evelyn 'E.M.' Ashford
Susie Monahan
Dr. Jason Posner
Harold Pinter ...
Mr. Bearing (Vivian's Father)
Rebecca Laurie ...
Su Lin Looi ...
Nurse (as Su-Lin Looi)
Technician 1
Miquel Brown ...
Technician 2
Hari Dhillon ...
Fellow 1 (as Harry Dillon)
Fellow 2
Alex Gregor ...
Fellow 3
Lachele Carl ...
Fellow 4
Student 1


Based on the Margaret Edson play, Vivian Bearing is a literal, hardnosed English professor who has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. During the story, she reflects on her reactions to the cycle the cancer takes, the treatments, and significant events in her life. The people that watch over her are Jason Posner, who only finds faith in being a doctor; Susie Monahan, a nurse with a human side that is the only one in the hospital that cares for Vivian's condition; and Dr. Kelekian, the head doctor who just wants results no matter what they are. Written by Pat McCurry <>

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It appears to be a matter of life and death.



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Rated PG-13 for some thematic material | See all certifications »

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The play "Wit" won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1999. See more »


The size of Vivian's and Susie's popsicles. See more »


Jason Posner: What do you do for exercise?
Vivian Bearing: I pace.
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Featured in The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2002) See more »


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Fantastic! Emma Thompson is Fantastic in this role.
3 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although a sad movie with a sad ending it is absolutely wonderfully fascinating. It holds you glued to you your seat the entire time. For those who are critical, they just do't appreciate Mike Nichols and Emma Thompson's brilliance and are too affected by the subject of facing death. It is a pity that this was a telefilm. Has it been a theatrical release, it would easily have earned Emma Thompson an Oscar.

I thought that Gorecki's 3rd Symphony in the background was a brilliant touch. Christopher Lloyd as the doctor was excellent. Emma's Teacher reading Runaway Bunny at the end was touching and meaningful. Although some people might see this movie as a downer, it is an honest and important work dealing with life, goals, cancer, relationships, . . See it.

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