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The Good Doctor (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 31 August 2012 (USA)
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A young doctor goes to unconscionable extremes in order to remain in the service of a female patient with a kidney disorder.

Director:

Lance Daly

Writer:

John Enbom
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Cast

Credited cast:
Orlando Bloom ... Dr. Martin Blake
Riley Keough ... Diane Nixon
Taraji P. Henson ... Nurse Theresa
Rob Morrow ... Dr. Waylans
Michael Peña ... Jimmy
Troy Garity ... Dan
Molly Price ... Mrs. Nixon
Wade Williams ... Mr. Nixon
Sorel Carradine ... Valerie
Gary Carlos Cervantes ... Mr. Sanchez (as Gary Cervantes)
Monique Gabriela Curnen ... Nurse Maryanne
Jean St. James ... Nurse Carol
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jason Axinn ... Resident Doctor
Ken Bahn ... Resident Doctor (as Kenneth Mark Bhan)
Elaine Carroll ... New Nurse
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Storyline

Dr. Martin Blake, who has spent his life looking for respect, meets an 18-year-old patient named Diane, suffering from a kidney infection, and gets a much-needed boost of self-esteem. However, when her health starts improving, Martin fears losing her, so he begins tampering with her treatment, keeping Diane sick and in the hospital right next to him. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Do No Harm

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for thematic material, disturbing situations and some crude sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Good Doctor See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,180, 2 September 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,106, 2 September 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Was originally rated R by the MPAA for "some crude sexual references" but was re-rated PG-13 for "thematic material, disturbing situations and some crude sexual content" after an appeal. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Martin Blake: If you knew he was allergic, why did you give him penicillin?
Nurse Theresa: Because you're the doctor, I only do what you say.
Dr. Martin Blake: Okay, let's get a ventral line in.
Nurse Theresa: I already took care of it...
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Wine Bar with Harbison
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Performed by Brian Byrne
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Doesn't make sense unless the viewer makes up his own story.
8 July 2012 | by tomkwillSee all my reviews

Dr. Martin Blake has just begun his first year of residency as a doctor. His career objective is to study infectious diseases. He says he has become a doctor to receive respect like a family friend who was also a doctor. Dr. Blake is quickly disillusioned when he does not immediately get the utmost respect from the nursing staff. Worse, one of the doctor's first patients, an 18 year-old girl named Diane, is absent at the dinner arranged so that her family can express gratitude for returning Diane to health. Diane has had a bout of a fairly common but potentially deadly kidney infection. Dr. Blake's motivation is unclear as he soon sets out to cause a relapse of serious infection for Diane.

The movie leaves viewers unsatisfied because there are not enough clues to explain the intent of the doctor or the intent of the movie's creators. Viewers are left with some big questions. Is the doctor so lonely as to want Diane to remain in the hospital indefinitely? Does Dr. Blake instead want Diane's respect or gratitude so that he would like to save her from a more serious condition? Or is Diane's case an experiment due to the doctor's obsession with infectious disease? Another big question the viewer is faced with comes at the very end. There are two ending scenes. Both scenes cannot be part of the true ending. At least one scene must be discarded as being a fantasy dream sequence. When reasoning out what makes sense for this movie, the viewer feels the sensible story is not the story that is intended to be told.


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