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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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Dr. Harvey Kelekian
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Evelyn 'E.M.' Ashford
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Susie Monahan
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Mr. Bearing (Vivian's Father)
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Su Lin Looi ...
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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 <laraspal00@aol.com>

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

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To prepare for the role, Emma Thompson shaved her head, following in the footsteps of Kathleen Chalfant and Judith Light, who performed the role of Vivian Bearing on stage. See more »

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

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Jason Posner: [conducting a medical history check] Are you having sexual relations?
Vivian Bearing: Not at the moment, no.
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2nd Movement
from Gorecki's Symphony No. 3
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Margaret Edson's play becomes tour-de-force for Emma Thompson...
18 October 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

A female professor--wry, canny, tough, fragile--goes through a wrenching medical experience fighting ovarian cancer. One of those cable movies that looks great on TV, but would it also play successfully on the big screen? In this case, yes, but television--being a far more intimate medium--certainly allows the viewer a bird's-eye glimpse into this story about sickness. Just because "Wit" isn't on the movie screen doesn't mean its not an all-encompassing, breathtaking drama. Director Mike Nichols hasn't been this focused in a long time (he flashes around in this woman's life with uncanny accuracy, and always returns to the present at just the right moment). The pacing of the movie is gentle but not doddering--this isn't a melodrama about pity, nor is it a medical expose or a squeamish thing with lots of needles. It is a quietly absorbing, exceptionally well-rounded chapter of a woman's life, and that woman--Emma Thompson, doing precise and brilliant work--is an embraceable subject. We let her into our hearts, making the finale that much more emotional. ***1/2 from ****


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