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The Doctor (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama | 16 August 1991 (USA)
When a self-centered doctor is diagnosed with cancer, he becomes better able to empathize with his patients and appreciate a life outside his career.

Director:

Randa Haines

Writers:

Ed Rosenbaum (book) (as Ed Rosenbaum M.D.), Robert Caswell (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Dr. Jack MacKee
Christine Lahti ... Anne MacKee
Elizabeth Perkins ... June Ellis
Mandy Patinkin ... Dr. Murray Kaplan
Adam Arkin ... Dr. Eli Blumfield
Charlie Korsmo ... Nicky MacKee
Wendy Crewson ... Dr. Leslie Abbott
Bill Macy ... Dr. Al Cade
J.E. Freeman ... Ralph
William Marquez William Marquez ... Mr. Maris
Kyle Secor ... Alan
Nicole Orth-Pallavicini Nicole Orth-Pallavicini ... Sarah
Ping Wu ... Jay-Jay
Tony Fields ... Roger
Brian Markinson ... Michael
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Storyline

Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, extremely self centred and he has no problems.... until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient's perspective, he realises that there is more to being a doctor than surgery and prescriptions, and more to life than serving only his own needs. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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He was a doctor who thought he knew it all... until he became a patient. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doktor See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$165,392, 28 July 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$38,120,905
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is based on the real life story of Ed Rosenbaum, M.D. Dr. Rosenbaum wrote an autobiography entitled "A Taste of My Own Medicine: When the Doctor Becomes the Patient". This book formed the basis for the movie and is presently out-of-print. See more »

Goofs

In a scene supposedly set on the roof of a San Francisco office building, between William Hurt and Elizabeth Perkins, well=known Los Angeles high-rises can be seen in the background. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Eli Blumfield: I've always wanted to slit your throat, and now I get a chance to.
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Soundtracks

Tristeza Guajira
Written by Ramon Cabrera
Performed by Guillermo Portabales
Courtesy of Gema Records
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A new look at an old issue.
21 January 2001 | by dr_emmaSee all my reviews

The Doctor is a film that really touches you without being too weepy. It's the way doctors along the world think until... something happens and they find themselves on the other side. William Hurt is great as The Doctor. The desperation on his face when he finds out that from now on he'll be a cancer patient is unique and authenticque. But the film is not only for this doctor. It's about the community of doctors. It's about a closed profession that will hardly accept anyone else. Doctors have their own way of seeing things and that's obvious in the film. They are those who know what comes next and that's even more frightening for them. Dr. Blumfield is someone who's been banished from that special community for "daring" to see the side of a patient. The transformation of Dr. Jack McKee is a miracle that rises through his own sickness and his "patient-mate" is an angel in disguise to help him through. The whole story verifies what people say:"doctors are the worst patients ever" and that's because they experience the ultimate fear, considering that they have the knowledge. The film illustrates all of the concerns of The Doctor so beautifully and with such realism that's hard not to like it. I don't know about the general audience, but I do strongly believe that every Medical Doctor should see it.


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