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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 get closer to his patients and understand a life outside his career.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Jack MacKee
... Anne MacKee
... June Ellis
... Dr. Murray Kaplan
... Dr. Eli Blumfield
... Nicky MacKee
... Dr. Leslie Abbott
... Dr. Al Cade
... Ralph
William Marquez ... Mr. Maris
... Alan
Nicole Orth-Pallavicini ... Sarah
... Jay-Jay
... Roger
... Michael
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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 »

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16 August 1991 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$165,392, 28 July 1991, Limited Release

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$38,120,905
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Ed Rosenbaum: as Himself. See more »

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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 »

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Dr. Jack MacKee: If I *ever* hear you describe a patient as "terminal" again, that's how you'll describe your career!
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Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw
Written and Performed by Jimmy Buffett
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Surprisingly good.
7 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

The premise seemed a little too straightforward at first glance: Doctor becomes patient. But it is so well executed, you can't help but be drawn in. I kept suspecting it was going to turn sappy at any moment, but director Randa Haines does not hold back on the emotional awkwardness that comes from difficult situations. There is much less sentimentality than Haines' best-known film, Children of a Lesser God. And although Hurt is far less "charming" in this film than he was in that one, he actually is more watchable. The more difficult he becomes, the more interesting the film gets.

Another intriguing aspect of the film is the feelings Chritine Lahti's character experiences, from sympathy to anger, to jealousy, to feeling shut out, you name it. In fact, the film could have delved even deeper into their marital discord and it would not have lost me. For some this film may go down a little too easily, but I think the accessibility of the subject matter in this case is an asset.


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