Captain Newman, M.D.

1963, Comedy/Drama, 2h 6m

5 Reviews 250+ Ratings

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Capt. Newman (Gregory Peck) is a kindhearted military psychiatrist who decides whether disturbed soldiers are ready to return to combat in World War II. Of special concern to him are a war hero (Bobby Darin) plagued by guilt for the death of his friend, a commander whose casualties weigh heavily on his conscience and a captain rendered catatonic after hiding in a basement in Nazi Germany for a year. While Newman tries to mend their psyches, he has ethical doubts about returning them to battle.

Cast & Crew

Gregory Peck
Capt. Josiah J. Newman, MD
Tony Curtis
Cpl. Jackson "Jake" Leibowitz
Bobby Darin
Corporal Jim Tompkins
Angie Dickinson
Lt. Francie Corum
Eddie Albert
Col. Norval Algate Bliss
James Gregory
Col. Edgar Pyser
Bethel Leslie
Mrs. Helene Winston
Robert Duvall
Capt. Paul Cabot Winston
David Miller
Director
Phoebe Ephron
Screenwriter
Henry Ephron
Screenwriter
Frank Skinner
Original Music
Russell Metty
Cinematographer
Alma Macrorie
Film Editor
Alfred Sweeney
Art Director
Howard Bristol
Set Decoration
Rosemary Odell
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for Captain Newman, M.D.

All Critics (5) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (2)

  • This captivating comedy-drama anticipates M*A*S*H in its exploration of the effects of war on military doctors and the patients in their care.

    January 16, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A good movie to catch (and "catch" is the verb) if it's playing, say, on Eighty-sixth Street and you live on, say, Eighty-first Street and don't feel up to reading Leo Rosten's book of the same name.

    March 16, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Bobby Darin received his first and only Oscar nomination for playing a shell-shocked soldier-patient under the care of Gregory Peck's military psychiatrist.

    August 5, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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    September 11, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
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    September 8, 2005 | Rating: 2/5
  • This captivating comedy-drama anticipates M*A*S*H in its exploration of the effects of war on military doctors and the patients in their care.

    January 16, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A good movie to catch (and "catch" is the verb) if it's playing, say, on Eighty-sixth Street and you live on, say, Eighty-first Street and don't feel up to reading Leo Rosten's book of the same name.

    March 16, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Bobby Darin received his first and only Oscar nomination for playing a shell-shocked soldier-patient under the care of Gregory Peck's military psychiatrist.

    August 5, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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    September 11, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
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    September 8, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Captain Newman, M.D.

  • Aug 22, 2011
    This is the story of a military doctor working at a mental hospital in Arizona catering to soldiers during World War II, and all of the various tuff he has to deal with, from suffering patients, to an oddball new orderly, and a relationship with one of the nurses. The thing that immediately caught my attention was the cast: Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson, Eddie Albert. Dick Sargenym and supporting roles by Bobby Darin and Robert Duvall. The cast alone makes this a hell of a picture. It's not just the cast, though. There's a good story here. It's a nice little melodrama typical of the times filled with humor, romance, and sadness, but the cast holds it together. I was really happy with how they were able to blend the laughs with some of the more serious stuff and keep it from being too corny. The cast are great, and so are their performances. Peck is in typical Peck mode, but that's just fine. Curtis is a real scene stealer, providing some of the best laugh moments, a lot of which are caused just because of goofy faces he makes. The real drama is brought by Darin, Albert, and Duvall who all have some terrific moments of real, moving acting. This is just a nice good old fashioned film, but that's okay. I liked it. It's entertaining, yet it tries to do a little more.
    Chris W Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2009
    Enjoyable comic drama. Peck is a tower of strength, Angie stalwart, and Tony Curtis most amusing which is welcome when it gets to be heavy going at times. Rest of the cast full of familiar faces perform well. Only problem is that it's overlong.
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