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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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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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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

It is assumed that human dissection was forbidden by the Shareeah in the middle age, so both Ibn Sina and Rob Cole are sentenced to death by an Islamic court. In fact, systematic dissections of the human body were performed neither in Islam nor in England not only due to religious prohibitions, but also because they were considered unnecessary, although they would be done occasionally. Today, dissecting humans is allowed in Islam and in Christian lands under certain circumstances. 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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A good entertaining adventure movie made in the classical way
6 January 2014 | by kriddirkSee all my reviews

I am lucky I didn't read the book. In fact, the book and film of any story is always very different from each other and should be rated separately without comparing them. It is a 2:30 hours movie and it isn't boring at any moment. From the beginning till the end you are entertained by the story and the action. It is a big production, one of those you have to see in the theater due to the imagine, the landscapes, the special effects. And talking about the special effect; there are enough, but for once this movie is not an "ONLY and overloaded action" movie. Lately, most of the films are possible to see on the screen at home, because the imagine is not of that type a cine-screen is needed. This production is made like the classical big productions, like Lawrence of Arabia or The English Patient. So, enough action, not boring, entertaining and you can leave the theater in a relax status and not tired of all the car chases.

Tom Payne, Mr Kingsley and Skarsgard make a very good act.

Negative parts ?! Missing some link in the voyage between England and the Orient. Some unexplainable jumps in the story, which for sure are treated well in the book. But, it is not disturbing and quiet normal in a big story as this one.


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