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The Doctor

The Doctor (1991)


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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



Anthony Minghella

Apr 6, 2004

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (2) | DVD (1)

An honest, well-acted and very moving drama about a cold, arrogant surgeon (a terrific Hurt) who learns about compassion when he becomes a cancer patient.

July 5, 2007

Gives a fresh appreciation of the dynamic interplay between mind, body, and soul in the art of healing.

July 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Um filme que deveria ser assistido por todos os profissionais da área de Saúde.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for The Doctor

Great doctor jokes and theme of karmic retribution, but a little gaggy all throughout. I rather liked William Hurt in this performance though. Funny/ironic how he played a man teaching deaf students to speak in "Children of a Lesser God" and a man who can't speak (temporarily) in this film (both directed by Randa Haines). Teehee.
March 9, 2008

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William Hurt gives his usually strong performance as a doctor who learns the errors of his bed manner ways by becoming sick himself. It meanders into over sentimentality at the end however.
March 31, 2014
John Ballantine

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Hurt. Nuff said. He's simply brilliant here, perfectly cast and at the top of his game. Which is a good thing, seeing as he's pretty much carrying the whole film on his own. While the film does border on the melodramatic, some moments really stuck with me. Our entire med class watched this together and the immediacy really hit us hard. It's believable. You can see yourself falling into those habits of negligence or over-working yourself. All I can say is that if you're in a health-related field, this is pretty much required viewing. Thanks, Will. :)
September 25, 2010

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    1. June: Just let down your arms, Jack, and we'll all come to you.
    – Submitted by Frances H (9 months ago)
    1. Jack McKee: Every doctor becomes a patient somewhere down the line.
    – Submitted by Frances H (9 months ago)
    1. Leslie Abbott: I am the doctor and you are my patient and I am telling you when I am available.
    – Submitted by Frances H (9 months ago)
    1. June: I'm dying. Please don't waste my time.
    – Submitted by Frances H (9 months ago)
    1. Jack McKee: Yes, it talks. Amazing!
    – Submitted by Frances H (9 months ago)
    1. Jack McKee: There's a danger with feeling too strongly about your patients, a danger with becoming too involved.
    – Submitted by Frances H (9 months ago)
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