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 overview, first billed only:
Shah Ala ad Daula
Fahri Yardim ...
Davout Hossein
Imam (as Makram J. Khoury)
Michael Marcus ...
Bar Kappara
Emil Marwa ...
Tuveh Ben Meir
Rob Cole (10 Years) (as Adam Wright)
Jodie McNee ...
Agnes Cole


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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Release Date:

5 December 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El médico  »

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$36,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


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 Farsi (Persian language) being spoken by the commoners and extras throughout the movie is modern day *Hebrew*, which wasn't spoken by Jews or Persians and has only been revived as the language of Jewish people in Israel beginning the late 1800s. See more »


[first lines]
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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Amor es Aquella Cosa
Lyrics by Schirin Partowi
Music Composed by Ingo Frenzel and Schirin Partowi
Performed by Schirin Partowi
Orchestra: Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg
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Great movie but another twisted history
21 April 2014 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

In terms of filming this is a great movie but I am really sad to see again that film makers intentionally try to show Muslim's and Islam as evil as a fashion. Which makes ignorant people filled with hatred which is rising the tension between civilizations. Historically the story is twisted. Ibn-Sina as he was born in Uzbekistan was Turkish origin while he was really one of the greatest scientist at his time and been know as the origin of modern medicine of the western world so the whole world. And Seljuk's who were also a Turkish tribe been there about 50 years later after Ibn-Sina's death. Seljuk's were great warriors but they were not evil as shown in this movie besides Seljuk's were extremely merciful to people under their rule and they build a great civilization and known to be good supporters of science and art of their time. Even today after a 1000 years their architecture stands in the countries they ruled.

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