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The Physician (2013)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  5 December 2014 (USA)
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In Persia in the 11th Century, a surgeon's apprentice disguises himself as a Jew to study at a school that does not admit Christians.

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Cast

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Barber
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Shah Ala ad-Daula
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Rebecca
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Karim
Fahri Yardim ...
Davout Hossein
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Imam (as Makram J Khoury)
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Mirdin
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Bar Kappara
Emil Marwa ...
Tuveh Ben Meir
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Merlin
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Young Rob Cole (as Adam Wright)
Jodie McNee ...
Agnes Cole
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Despina
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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 Literary Guild alternate

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A journey out of darkness into light

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Adventure | Drama

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Rated R for some violent content, sexuality/nudity and brief language | See all certifications »

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5 December 2014 (USA)  »

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El médico  »

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$36,000,000 (estimated)
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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ibn Sina: What is it like?
Rob Cole: Inside?
Ibn Sina: [nods]
Rob Cole: It is both... beautiful... and frightening.
Ibn Sina: Go on.
Rob Cole: I saw the heart!
Ibn Sina: Describe it.
Rob Cole: It has two chambers with an impassable wall in between.
Ibn Sina: So how does the blood get from one side to the other?
Rob Cole: By way of the lungs, I think.
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Message of Hope
23 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

Whether this movie is filmed on real story or not(that is not by the way as another view describes the facts in details), i saw this movie as message of hope to anyone who wants to achieve his goal.

At first i thought this movie of normal B class film but it turns out to be an A+, that credit goes to the director who did't bore his viewers. Acting was off course great, there are many great names in the movie and sure they all played their role in the success of this film.

The character of Rob was not that easy but it was done as this person is meant to do this role (that's my thoughts anyone can deny it :)) and believe it or not as i am watching Hollywood films for about 7 years, this is the first movie in which Muslim's contribution to knowledge of science / medicine is shown and i appreciate it.


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