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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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(book) (as Ed Rosenbaum M.D.), (screenplay)
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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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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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An Uplifting Story About Finding New Meaning In Life. See more »

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Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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16 August 1991 (USA)  »

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Le docteur  »

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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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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

June Ellis: [suffering from an inoperable brain tumor] My tumor, I see it giving me certain freedoms I never allowed myself.
Dr. Jack MacKee: Yeah, like being incredibly hostile?
June Ellis: Like being honest and expecting people around me to do the same.
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References Superman (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Strange Angels
Written and Performed by Laurie Anderson
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement With Warner Special Products
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A Great Movie
28 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I was impressed and touched by the movie's theme. I've recommended the movie to friends and acquaintances and those that watch it are also moved.

When my wife was hospitalized for leukemia there was an intern who became impatient with my questions and concern. I couldn't help but think that "hey, someday you'll become a patient too. Let's see how you'll handle it."

They should have medical students watch this movie. We can become callous at times, that we forget to put ourselves in the shoes of the other person.

The movie shows that there are people that stay in our lives so briefly but leave warm and good impressions that last a lifetime.


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