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The Physician (2013)

In Persia in the 11th Century, a surgeon's apprentice disguises himself as a Jew to study at a school that does not admit Christians.

Director:

Philipp Stölzl

Writers:

Noah Gordon (based on the novel by), Jan Berger (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Payne ... Rob Cole
Stellan Skarsgård ... Barber
Olivier Martinez ... Shah Ala ad Daula
Emma Rigby ... Rebecca
Elyas M'Barek ... Karim
Fahri Yardim ... Davout Hossein
Makram Khoury ... Imam (as Makram J. Khoury)
Michael Marcus ... Mirdin
Ben Kingsley ... Ibn Sina
Stanley Townsend ... Bar Kappara
Emil Marwa ... Tuveh Ben Meir
Martin Hancock ... Merlin
Adam Thomas Wright ... Rob Cole (10 Years) (as Adam Wright)
Jodie McNee Jodie McNee ... Agnes Cole
Dominique Moore ... Despina
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Storyline

When nine-year-old Rob Cole felt the life force slipping from his mother's hand he could not foresee that this terrifying awareness of impending death was a gift that would lead him from the familiar life of 11th-century London to small villages throughout England and finally to the medical school at Ispahan. Though apprenticed to an itinerant barber surgeon, it is the dazzling surgery of a Jewish physician trained by the legendary Persian physician Avicenna that inspires him to accept his gift and to commit his life to healing by studying at Avicenna's school. Despite the ban on Christian students, Rob goes there, disguising himself as a Jew to gain admission. Gordon has written an adventurous and inspiring tale of a quest for medical knowledge pursued in a violent world full of superstition and prejudice. Written by Literary Guild alternate

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A journey out of darkness into light


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent content, sexuality/nudity and brief language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El médico See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

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Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was based on a best-selling novel by Noah Gordon's "The Physician". The book was recorded in 1999 at the Book Fair in Madrid, in the list of the ten most popular books of all time. See more »

Goofs

The main character, an Englishman born in the early 11th century, is named Robert Cole. But names like 'Robert' which are of French origin really came to be used in England only after 1066 i.e. the year of the conquest of England by the Normans. Until then, parents chose Anglo-Saxon names for their boys like Wybert, Alfred, Edgar and Harold. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Barber: [performing for a crowd] Back and forth, up and down, left to right, for more than one hundred years. But nowhere have I had the pleasure of looking out upon a crowd with prettier girls than here in your wonderful Rough Dovender. Why do I specially like it here because... I always lay me best eggs here.
Barber: [starts imitating a chicken, then produces an egg]
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Alternate Versions

German TV version runs approx. 30 minutes longer. See more »

Soundtracks

Amor es Aquella Cosa
Lyrics by Schirin Partowi
Music Composed by Ingo Frenzel and Schirin Partowi
Performed by Schirin Partowi
Orchestra: Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg
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25 July 2014 | by matheusortegaSee all my reviews

A film worth watching, a journey worth embarking. Although it is not 100% historically accurate, the film is set in medieval times and portrays the scientific advances in midst of the ideological conflict between the Christian, Muslim, and the Jewish world. There are many important lessons that this film teaches. It raises difficult moral questions and the conflicts between religious moderate and extremists. In a time when scientific discoveries were not encouraged by the Catholic Church, the main character - a young believer in Christ - explores the world to find answers to human pain and sickness. I recommend it specially for those who enjoy the debates of science and religion, and the complex philosophical questions we all need to reflect upon.


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