Doctor

The Doctor

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Director: Randa Haines

Cast: Randa Haines, William Hurt, Christine Lahti, Elizabeth Perkins

     
 

A doctor finds out the hard way that there's more to medicine than skill in the operating theater in this emotional drama. Jack McKee (William Hurt) is a gifted but arrogant surgeon who cares little about the emotional welfare of his patients and is little more than a benign stranger to his wife Anne (Christine Lahti) and his son Nicky (Charlie Korsmo). Jack has been…  See more details below

Overview

A doctor finds out the hard way that there's more to medicine than skill in the operating theater in this emotional drama. Jack McKee (William Hurt) is a gifted but arrogant surgeon who cares little about the emotional welfare of his patients and is little more than a benign stranger to his wife Anne (Christine Lahti) and his son Nicky (Charlie Korsmo). Jack has been suffering from a nagging cough for some time, and when he begins coughing up blood one morning, he finally allows another doctor to take a look at him. The doctor discovers that Jack has a malignant tumor in his throat that could rob him of the ability to speak, or even kill him. Suddenly, Jack is a patient instead of a doctor, and he learns first hand about the long stretches in the waiting room, the indignity of filling out pointless forms, and the callous attitude of the professional medical community. Jack also gets to know June (Elizabeth Perkins), a terminal cancer patient whose joyous embrace of life as her time draws to a close is an inspiration to him. Restored to health, Jack is determined to be a more caring healer and strives to be a better husband and father, but his new lease on life also earns him an enemy in fellow surgeon Murray (Mandy Patinkin), who wants Jack to lie under oath for him in a major malpractice case; and a new respect for Eli (Alan Arkin), an ear-nose-throat man he used to ridicule for his empathetic treatment of his patients. The Doctor was based on the memoir of real-life surgeon Ed Rosenbaum, entitled "A Taste of My Own Medicine."

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A touching real-life memoir becomes this powerful drama that reunites Children of a Lesser God director Randa Haines and star William Hurt. Always excelling in the role of a detached intellectual, Hurt gives one of his best performances as a surgeon whose cold aloofness puts a new spin on the word "clinician," until a life-altering health crisis reorients his perspective. Christine Lahti matches Hurt blow for blow as the doctor's embittered, angry wife, and Adam Arkin brings welcome, subtle shadings to his role of a kind and compassionate physician (Arkin's delightful creative choice is to play the man as if he knows he's considered a simpleton by his peers). Other supporting players such as Elizabeth Perkins and Mandy Patinkin are not so lucky, portraying characters that border on the clichéd, the only sour notes in an otherwise masterful, penetrating piece of filmmaking that actually has something vital to say about modern-day existence.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2004
UPC:
0786936209754
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:03:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; French language track; Spanish subtitles; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound; Widescreen (1.85:1)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Hurt Jack McKee
Christine Lahti Anne
Elizabeth Perkins June
Mandy Patinkin Murray
Adam Arkin Eli
Charlie Korsmo Nicky
Wendy Crewson Leslie Abbott
Bill Macy Al Cade
J.E. Freeman Ralph
William Marquez Mr. Maris
Kyle Secor Alan
Nicole Orth-Pallavicini Sarah
Tony Dean Fields Roger
Brian Markinson Michael
Maria Tirabassi Lonnie
Nicholas Frangakis Priest
Susan Schelling Long Operating Room Nurse
Lily Mariye Operating Room Nurse
Richard McKenzie Mr. Richards
Zakes Mokae Actor
Gail Neely Operating Room Nurse
Keith Polk Joe
Lynn Stalmaster Actor
Derek Van Longshore Orderly
Ping Wu Jay-Jay
Ken Lerner Pete
Bruce Jarchow Tim
Nellye Leonard Nancy
John Miller Mr. Richards
Denis Heames Young Patient
Sue Rihr Shirley
Brandyn Artis Nurse Jane
Millie Slavin Carrie
Nancy Parsons Laurie
John Marshall Jones Anthony
Laurie Latham Kristin
Adam Wylie Joey
Stephen Moore Dominic
Cynthia Mason Barbara
Breon Gorman Joey's Mother
Renee Victor Lucy
Gregor Hesse Max
Fran Bennett Admissions Secretary
Zoaunne Le Roy Ward Nurse
Jonathan Kohl Anesthesiologist
Ross Eto 1st MRI Tech
Michael O'Dwyer Builder
Karen S. Gregan Dr. Abbot's Receptionist
Lillian Hurst Mrs. Maris
Akuyoe June's Nurse
Rosa Maria Briz Mrs. Maris's Mother
Steven Gundry Heart Transplant Surgeon
Jusak Bernhard Record Clerk
Matthew T. Clancy Doctor in Hallway
Woodryan Alexander O.R. Nurse
Susan Schelling O.R. Nurse
Jeris Poindexter Doctor in Hallway

Technical Credits
Randa Haines Director
Ken Adam Production Designer
Robert Caswell Screenwriter
Frank Ceglia Special Effects
Michael Convertino Score Composer
William Joseph Durrell Art Director
Leonard Engelman Makeup
Ed Feldman Producer
Gary Fettis Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Lisa Fruchtman Editor
Michael S. Glick Co-producer,Production Designer,Production Manager
Bruce Green Editor
Dennis P. Maguire Asst. Director
Anthony Minghella Screenwriter
Matthew Mungle Makeup
John Seale Cinematographer
Joe Tompkins Costumes/Costume Designer
Laura Ziskin Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/A Day at the Office [10:31]
2. A Doctor's Wife [6:32]
3. "Doctor, You Have a Growth" [11:22]
4. Standard Operating Procedure [13:08]
5. Radiation Therapy [9:27]
6. Stress Management [8:17]
7. Honesty [9:08]
8. Rooftop Philosophy [4:19]
9. This and Now [5:43]
10. "Somewhere Between Reno and Home" [:07]
11. Trust [10:01]
12. The Recovery/End Credits [15:50]

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The Doctor 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful ! Superb acting by Hurt, Perkins, Lahti, and Patinkin. Based on a true story, although some details were changed from the book. Medical students should be required to view this-for they will all be patients sometime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Doctor, The Doctor, who knew so much about medicine and then get's throat cancer. He wamts to get better at all costs. He fears losing his life. He soon learns to take a new perspective on medicine on life itself after losing a very good friend of his, June passes away. But with her help, through her knowledge, He learns the true meaning of being of patient in a world of sparse medicine. Elizabeth Perkins (June) and William Hurt give this movie its true power. Their discussions together are so perfect that without them, the entire movie would have to be rewritten. A depressing movie but it will teach you and give you a new perspective on life. A must see for any Doctor, Patient, or just a person wanting to know something new and innovative about life.