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Wit (2001)

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Mike Nichols directs Emma Thompson in this made-for-cable adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Margaret Edson. Thompson plays Vivian Bearing, a college professor who teaches a course on English poetry. Vivian learns that she has advanced ovarian cancer and only a short time to live, which gives her a sudden and dramatic insight into the importance of kindness and compassion. Wit also features Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Atkins, Audra McDonald, and Jonathan Woodward as Dr. Jason

Sep 11, 2001

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Thompson gives a real tour-de-force performance, moving professor Bearing from bemusement to curiousity, fear to confusion, anger to anguish with skilful subtlety

January 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinemania

The dour subject matter and director Mike Nichols' unflinching approach may make this a difficult viewing, but it is rewarding.

July 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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A powerful drama about dying and death that will soften the heart of anyone who sees it.

November 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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A bit of a labor of love for Thompson and Nichols who co-wrote the screenplay about a hardnosed, uncompromising English scholar who's diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer, and because of this, desperate for the human contact she previously disrespected. Often gloomy and slow, the saving grace is Nichol's gentle and caring presentation of Thompson's heartfelt. performance
May 2, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

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I've seen this twice and I loved it both times. It's a real emotional kick in the pants, especially the orange popsicle scene right before the DNR climax. Also, Jonathan Woodward is absurdly good looking in this film, though he is not usually in other things he does.
April 28, 2011
jennifxu

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Beautiful work by Emma Thompson and Audra McDonald but profoundly sad. More to be appreciated than enjoyed. Lovely cameo by Eileen Atkins.
April 1, 2009
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    1. Vivian Bearing: Brevity is the soul of wit.
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