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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 11 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »



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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 <laraspal00@aol.com>

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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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24 March 2001 (USA)  »

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W;t  »

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Patricia Clarkson was considered for the lead role before Emma Thompson was cast. See more »


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16 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

This film was breathtaking, subtle, intelligent and nearly perfect. Emma Thompson was excruciatingly spectacular in her performance, absolutely sublime. I sought-out "Wit" because she was in it, but was not eager to see such a heavy film, as I usually choose lighter entertainment (I loved her in "Junior"). I feel absolutely blessed to have been seduced into seeing it by Thompson's reputation and talent. "Wit" is a masterpiece of theater and film-making. I do not cry easily and I sobbed, I don't know how anyone could not, so be prepared. But the performances were all so perfect that I felt honored to be touched by them. Every medical student, nursing student, pastoral care professional or counselor of any sort should see this film. It is a touching view into the reality of mortality.

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