The Doctor 1991

The Doctor

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Ace surgeon Jack McKee (William Hurt) is emotionally disconnected from his wife (Christine Lahti), his son (Charlie Korsmo) and the people he operates on. After Jack develops a life-threatening tumor, he sees life from a patient's perspective. He then meets a courageous, fatally ill woman named June (Elizabeth Perkins) and begins to realize the necessity of showing kindness in the medical profession. Jack vows to treat his family and patients with more compassion if he survives.

Cast & Crew

William Hurt
Dr. Jack MacKee
Mandy Patinkin
Dr. Murray Kaplan
Adam Arkin
Dr. Eli Blumfield
Charlie Korsmo
Nicky MacKee
Wendy Crewson
Dr. Leslie Abbott
Bill Macy
Dr. Al Cade
Ed Rosenbaum
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Robert Caswell
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Critic Reviews for The Doctor

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (3)

Audience Reviews for The Doctor

  • Mar 31, 2014
    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.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 25, 2010
    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. :)
    Jessica v Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2008
    Superb film, Hurt is brillaint as the egotistical surgeon and his fall from grace is touching and extremely well done.
    Barry L Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2008
    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.
    Alice S Super Reviewer

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