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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.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 11 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Vivian Bearing
... Dr. Harvey Kelekian
... Evelyn 'E.M.' Ashford
... Susie Monahan
... Dr. Jason Posner
... Mr. Bearing (Vivian's Father)
Rebecca Laurie ... Vivian aged 5
Su Lin Looi ... Nurse (as Su-Lin Looi)
... Technician 1
Miquel Brown ... Technician 2
... Fellow 1 (as Harry Dillon)
... Fellow 2
Alex Gregor ... Fellow 3
Lachele Carl ... Fellow 4
... Student 1
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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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Rated PG-13 for some thematic material | See all certifications »

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24 March 2001 (USA)  »

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The film is often shown at medical colleges as an example of how doctors and researchers should not behave. See more »

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The size of Vivian's and Susie's popsicles. See more »

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Vivian Bearing: Published *and* perished.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 2001 (2001) See more »

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The Unanswered Question
Written by Charles Ives
Performed by Orchestra of St. Lukes
Conducted by John Adams
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
Under License From Warner Special Products
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Margaret Edson's play becomes tour-de-force for Emma Thompson...
18 October 2005 | by See 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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