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The Physician (2013)

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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5 nominations. See more awards »
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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
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Davout Hossein
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Imam (as Makram J. Khoury)
Michael Marcus ...
Mirdin
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Bar Kappara
Emil Marwa ...
Tuveh Ben Meir
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Merlin
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Rob Cole (10 Years) (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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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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Trivia

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

Rebecca tells a sick girl the story of Aladdin from what seems to be a pocket version of the 1001 Nights. She added that Sinbad was her favorite tale from the book. Besides it being improbable that such a book format existed then, "Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp", "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" and "The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor", while almost certainly genuine Middle Eastern folk tales, were not part of The 1001 Nights in Arabic versions, but were added into the collection by Antoine Galland and other European translators in the 17th century. See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

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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Film is good but History is altered
9 July 2014 | by (Pakistan) – See all my reviews

I just watch the movie and from movie point of view its really a very nice one. But what i didn't like and i'm amazed why such thing be written and them made a movie of which includes history and an altered one. Ibn Sina was a great Muslim scientist who has expertise in Medicine, Phylosophy, Metaphysics and many more. He died early and not by suicide but by a natural death. If instead of Ibn Sine they had used some other fictional Muslim name, a fictional place and fiction Shaw then that would be understandable but writing the wrong history, by altering not only a lot of facts and figures and then making a movie out of it is not good ethically and morally. I guess any historical publications and movies should go through some check before being released unless such things are done on purpose.


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