When nine-year-old Rob Cole felt the life force slipping from his mother's hand he could not foresee that this terrifying awareness of impending death was a gift that would lead him from the familiar life of 11th-century London to small villages throughout England and finally to the medical school at Ispahan. Though apprenticed to an itinerant barber surgeon, it is the dazzling surgery of a Jewish physician trained by the legendary Persian physician Avicenna that inspires him to accept his gift and to commit his life to healing by studying at Avicenna's school. Despite the ban on Christian students, Rob goes there, disguising himself as a Jew to gain admission. Gordon has written an adventurous and inspiring tale of a quest for medical knowledge pursued in a violent world full of superstition and prejudice. Written by
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The film is based on a best-selling novel by Noah Gordon's "The Physician". The book was recorded in 1999 at the Book Fair in Madrid, in the list of the ten most popular books of all time. See more »
The Tefillin or phylacteries (black boxes) that the Jews bind to themselves are not shown being bound in the proper order. They are wearing the tefillin on their head before binding the tefillin to the arm. Additionally Jews never pray while kneeling. See more »
In my fever, I dreamt that we were man and wife. We had children... Four!
Did we roam around in a barber's car?
No, we lived in a great city. Where you built a Madraza!
All by myself?
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This is a fancy movie which tells lies about a real great person called Avicenna.This movie actually tarnishes Avicenna's reputation which is not fair at all!
This is a fancy story involved with the life of a real Persian person 'Avicenna' who was the greatest physician in all the world around thousand years ago. His books were taught around seven hundred years in medicine schools all around the world. In this movie, a character called 'Rob Cole' actually from nowhere comes and teaches great Avicenna and shows him that he should put away his religious believes and discover the inside of the human body and actually tarnishes his reputation while Avicenna was not religious at all and probably did not have these kinds of ridiculous limitations with his researches. Just like all the movies that Hollywood produces about Persian history ( e.g. 300) , this one is bullshit as well. When our country (Iran) currently does not have some real patriots who care about our history to make real historical movies based on documentaries, we will see more of these kinds of cheap and unrealistic movies which are produced by others and aim to destroy the reputation of Iran's history.
Maybe this fancy movie is good at special effects but it is a lie about a real great person.
I think that would be much much fair if they used a fancy character instead of Avicenna in this movie!!!
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