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Wit (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 24 March 2001
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A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.

Director:

Mike Nichols

Writers:

Margaret Edson (play), Emma Thompson (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 11 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Thompson ... Vivian Bearing
Christopher Lloyd ... Dr. Harvey Kelekian
Eileen Atkins ... Evelyn 'E.M.' Ashford
Audra McDonald ... Susie Monahan
Jonathan M. Woodward ... Dr. Jason Posner
Harold Pinter ... Mr. Bearing (Vivian's Father)
Rebecca Laurie Rebecca Laurie ... Vivian aged 5
Su Lin Looi Su Lin Looi ... Nurse (as Su-Lin Looi)
Raffaello Degruttola ... Technician 1
Miquel Brown Miquel Brown ... Technician 2
Hari Dhillon ... Fellow 1 (as Harry Dillon)
Benedict Wong ... Fellow 2
Alex Gregor Alex Gregor ... Fellow 3
Lachele Carl Lachele Carl ... Fellow 4
David Menkin ... Student 1
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Storyline

Based on the Margaret Edson play, Vivian Bearing is a literal, hardnosed English professor who has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. During the story, she reflects on her reactions to the cycle the cancer takes, the treatments, and significant events in her life. The people that watch over her are Jason Posner, who only finds faith in being a doctor; Susie Monahan, a nurse with a human side that is the only one in the hospital that cares for Vivian's condition; and Dr. Kelekian, the head doctor who just wants results no matter what they are. Written by Pat McCurry <laraspal00@aol.com>

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It appears to be a matter of life and death.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

W;t See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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HBO Films,Avenue Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Patricia Clarkson was considered for the lead role before Emma Thompson was cast. See more »

Goofs

During her exam with the young internist, her arms alternate repeatedly from being completely under the sheet, to being folded together on top of the sheet. See more »

Quotes

Vivian Bearing: Published *and* perished.
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Connections

Featured in The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Serenade Adagio
String Quartet #15 (2nd Movement)
Written by Dmitri Shostakovich (as Dimitri Shostakovitch)
Performed by The Manhattan String Quartet
Courtesy of Ess.a.y Recordings
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Margaret Edson's play becomes tour-de-force for Emma Thompson...
18 October 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

A female professor--wry, canny, tough, fragile--goes through a wrenching medical experience fighting ovarian cancer. Made-for-cable movie that looks great on TV, but would it also play successfully on the big screen? In this case, yes, but television--being a far more intimate medium--certainly allows the viewer a bird's-eye glimpse into this story about sickness. Just because "Wit" isn't on the movie screen doesn't mean it's not an all-encompassing, breathtaking drama. Director Mike Nichols hasn't been this focused in a long time (he flashes around in this woman's life with uncanny accuracy, and always returns to the present at just the right moment). The pacing of the movie is gentle but not doddering; this isn't a melodrama about pity, nor is it a medical expose or a squeamish thing with lots of needles. It is a quietly absorbing, exceptionally well-rounded chapter of a woman's life, and that woman--Emma Thompson, doing precise and brilliant work--is an embraceable subject. We let her into our hearts, making the finale that much more emotional.


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