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


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


Vivian Bearing: This is my play's last scene Here... Heavens appoint my pilgrimage's last mile And my race Idly, yet quickly run Hath this last pace My span's last inch My minute's last point And gluttonous death Will instantly unjoint my body and soul" John Donne... I've always particularly liked that poem. In the abstract. Now I find the image of my minute's last point, a little too, shall we say... pointed. I don't mean to complain but I am becoming very sick. Very sick. Ultimately sick, as it were. In ...
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Featured in The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2002) See more »


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9 October 2004 | by (celje, slovenija) – 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.

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