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
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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 »
The edition of "Arabian Nights" that Rebecca carries seems to be a pocket book. Such a format was not created until the 19th century by editors intending to profit from low-margin mass-produced books. In the time of the story, books were copied by hand and therefore scarce and expensive. There was no reason to make smaller books. Instead, they were usually large enough for two people to read at once. See more »
[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.
[starts imitating a chicken, then produces an egg]
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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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