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The Physician (2013)

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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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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Rebecca: In my fever, I dreamt that we were man and wife. We had children... Four!
Rob Cole: Did we roam around in a barber's car?
Rebecca: [smiles] No, we lived in a great city. Where you built a Madraza!
Rob Cole: All by myself?
Rebecca: I helped.
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A good entertaining adventure movie made in the classical way
6 January 2014 | by (Madrid/Spain, Europe) – See all my reviews

I am lucky I didn't read the book. In fact, the book and film of any story is always very different from each other and should be rated separately without comparing them. It is a 2:30 hours movie and it isn't boring at any moment. From the beginning till the end you are entertained by the story and the action. It is a big production, one of those you have to see in the theater due to the imagine, the landscapes, the special effects. And talking about the special effect; there are enough, but for once this movie is not an "ONLY and overloaded action" movie. Lately, most of the films are possible to see on the screen at home, because the imagine is not of that type a cine-screen is needed. This production is made like the classical big productions, like Lawrence of Arabia or The English Patient. So, enough action, not boring, entertaining and you can leave the theater in a relax status and not tired of all the car chases.

Tom Payne, Mr Kingsley and Skarsgard make a very good act.

Negative parts ?! Missing some link in the voyage between England and the Orient. Some unexplainable jumps in the story, which for sure are treated well in the book. But, it is not disturbing and quiet normal in a big story as this one.


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