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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Shah Ala ad Daula
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Karim
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Davout Hossein
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Imam (as Makram J. Khoury)
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Mirdin
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Bar Kappara
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Tuveh Ben Meir
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Merlin
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Rob Cole (10 Years) (as Adam Wright)
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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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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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$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 »

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Muslims never gave "sajda" (bending with their head down on ground) in front of their kings/shah. At most they bend a little while standing. See more »

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Barber: [performing for a crowd] Back and forth, up and down, left to right, for more than one hundred years. But nowhere have I had the pleasure of looking out upon a crowd with prettier girls than here in your wonderful Rough Dovender. Why do I specially like it here because... I always lay me best eggs here.
Barber: [starts imitating a chicken, then produces an egg]
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It's one of the best epic dramas of recent European cinema.
30 May 2014 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

"The Physician" is one of the best examples of epic drama and adventure that has given the recent European cinema. A production of this magnitude had many papers end up in fiasco, something indigestible and tortuous because of its bombast. However, the result is more remarkable: a film that despite its length does not decline at any time and without being brilliant in any section, offers a more than acceptable quality as a whole.

Adventure, travel, medicine, interest in learning, tolerance between religions and radicalism that only lead to death and war. Love, friendship, perseverance, stubbornness, sacrifice, wisdom, liberated or repressed emotions ... These are issues , topics reflected in this amazing German blockbuster spectacular photography aspects. Counting all the time with a beautiful soundtrack.

Fortunately with the magnificent interpretation of teacher Ben Kingsley and good work in production design and photography gets put a finishing touch to this great movie.

The film has a good pace and also has its moments of calm and reflection necessary . They have done a great job.


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