8.1/10
7,909
116 user 19 critic

Wit (2001)

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

Director:

Writers:

(play), (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 11 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Dr. Harvey Kelekian
...
...
...
...
Mr. Bearing (Vivian's Father)
Rebecca Laurie ...
Vivian aged 5
Su Lin Looi ...
Nurse (as Su-Lin Looi)
...
Technician 1
Miquel Brown ...
Technician 2
...
Fellow 1 (as Harry Dillon)
...
Fellow 2
Alex Gregor ...
Fellow 3
Lachele Carl ...
Fellow 4
...
Student 1
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It appears to be a matter of life and death.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 March 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

W;t  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

During her exam with the young internist, her arms alternate repeatedly from being completely under the sheet, to being folded together on top of the sheet. See more »

Quotes

Jason Posner: She's research!
Susie Monahan: She's DNR.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 2001 (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

The Unanswered Question
Written by Charles Ives
Performed by Orchestra of St. Lukes
Conducted by John Adams
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
Under License From Warner Special Products
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
movie critique
9 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Magnificent film. Very funny no matter of the serious subject. Emma deserved the Emmy and Golden Globe. What a pity that this movie was made only for TV. Her acting is superb. And she also write the screenplay with the excellent Mike Nichols who also gave HBO Angels in America this year. The story of a college professor who has cancer and find's out that people need some personal attention in life. When Demi Moore shaved her head, we've got G.I. Jane, when Emma Thompson did the same, we've got one of the best TV movies in recent history. The story with familiar theme with no clichés and no overly emotions. Very powerful and nicely done. A real masterpiece in the simplicity.


37 of 40 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 116 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page