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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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Dr. Murray Kaplan
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Dr. Al Cade
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Ralph
William Marquez ...
Mr. Maris
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Alan
Nicole Orth-Pallavicini ...
Sarah
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Roger
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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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An Uplifting Story About Finding New Meaning In Life. See more »

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16 August 1991 (USA)  »

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Le docteur  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$165,392, 28 July 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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

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Anne MacKee: You know, it's funny. I wake up every morning, and I have this... this feeling. This sensation. And I didn't know what it was. What is it? Am I hungry? Am I tired? Am I sad? Then I realized... I'm just lonely.
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References Superman (1978) See more »

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Be Bop For Boo
Written and Performed by Royal Crown Revue
Courtesy of Big Daddy Records
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When a Doctor Becomes Patient
2 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

The efficient surgeon Dr. Jack MacKee (William Hurt) is a successful, wealthy and indifferent man, married to but distant from his wife Anne (Christine Lahti) and their son Nicky. When Jack is diagnosed with a growth in his throat, he is submitted to radiation therapy and feels how patients are treated and exposed in the hospital. He befriends the fellow patient June Ellis (Elizabeth Perkins), who has incurable brain tumor, and she gives a lesson of life to him. But his treatment does not work and Jack needs to be submitted to a surgery. What will happen to him?

"The Doctor" is a sensitive drama with a magnificent story of a doctor that changes his values when he understands the perspective of patients after becoming one with cancer. William Hurt, Christine Lahti and Elizabeth Perkins have wonderful performances and the story is never corny despite the pleasant conclusion. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Um Golpe do Destino" ("A Strike of the Destiny")


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